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The Dave Plier Podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN




Remembering legendary children’s TV producer Marty Krofft

Marty Krofft, along with his brother Sid, were responsible for some of the most memorable children’s TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s including “The Banana Splits,” “H.R. Pufnstuf,” and “Land of the Lost,” as well as other hits including “Donny & Marie.” Marty died Saturday at age 86. In 2018, shortly after receiving a Lifetime Achievement […]


Comedy icon Chevy Chase: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Chicago Theatre, Q&A, and more!

Comedy icon Chevy Chase joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the classic holiday film ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’, Caddyshack, Fletch, Funny Farm, and his appearance at The Chicago Theatre on Sunday, November 26th. For tickets visit chicagotheater.com/theaters


Thanksgiving dinner tips with Weber Grill Ambassador Kevin Kolman and actress Tiffani Thiessen

Weber Grill Ambassador Kevin Kolman talks turkey on your grill, sides and more, and actress Tiffani Thiessen shares recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers.


Mr. Christmas, Johnny Mathis: His music, his legacy, and his upcoming holiday concert at The Rosemont Theatre

Music legend Johnny Mathis joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier about his 60-year career, his love of holiday music, and his Christmas Show at The Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, December 9th. Visit Johnnymathis.com for more!


The history of Thanksgiving in America: Plymouth Rock, turkey, and Presidential pardons

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier and Dave Schwan share the history of the very first Thanksgiving and the traditions that have developed over the years.


VIDEO: TV legend Henry Winkler in studio on his memoir ‘Being Henry: The Fonz & Beyond’

TV legend Henry Winkler joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about his journey in life, on television and in the movies from his memoir ‘Being Henry: The Fonz & Beyond’. Stories of his childhood, challenges with dyslexia, his time at Emerson College and Yale, auditions, first roles, TV shows from ‘Happy Days’ to ‘Barry’, […]


Grammy and Oscar-winning musician Melissa Etheridge: Talking to My Angels, new Broadway show ‘My Window’

Grammy Award-winning rockstar and activist Melissa Etheridge joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about her latest book, ‘Talking to My Angels’, taking stock of her intervening years, recounting the euphoric triumphs and the life-altering tragedies of her life. Plus, her new Broadway show, ‘My Window,’ and why she loves her favorite NFL football team.


Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout 2023 Release: Barrel-Aged tributes to rice pudding, bananas foster, and backyard berry-picking

Goose Island’s annual Bourbon County Stout lineup will be released on Black Friday with six new beers! WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Mike Siegel, Senior Innovation Manager for Goose Island, about this time-honored tradition, the history, the process, and why Bourbon County Stout resonates with both the beer and bourbon connoisseur.


Garry Meier shares the true meaning of Veterans Day and a remembrance of his father’s experience in WWII

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier catches up with Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier to continue a Veterans Day tradition: celebrating his father, WWII veteran Frank Meier, as he shares his special recording about the 48-hour period of battle in December 1944 during his service in the U.S. Army under General George Patton.


Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem Massachusetts, a new book by Bill O’Reilly

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to Bill O’Reilly about his latest book, Killing the Witches, which revisits one of the most frightening and inexplicable episodes in American history: the events of 1692 and 1693 in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Rumors of demonic possession and witchcraft consumed Salem. Soon three women were arrested under suspicion of being witches. But […]


Resurrection Mary, Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Marshall Field’s, Congress Hotel: Chicago Ghost Stories with Ghostlorist Ursula Bielski

A longstanding WGN Radio Halloween tradition is to explore the Chicagoland hauntings of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Archer Avenue, Resurrection Mary, The Willowbrook Ballroom, The Congress Hotel and more. To share the lore and paranormal happenings, Dave Plier welcomes author and ghostlorist Ursula Bielski. Worldofthesupernatural.com, You Tube: Ursula Bielski’s World of the Supernatural.


‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’ 75th anniversary with Lou’s daughter, Chris Costello

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier sits down with Chris Costello, daughter of comedy legend Lou Costello, on the legacy of Abbott and Costello, growing up with her iconic father, the 75th anniversary of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and their famous comedy skit “Who’s on First”.


Remembering Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers, star of TV series including “Three’s Company,” “Step by Step” and “She’s the Sheriff,” has died at age 76. We’re remembering her with two of her visits with WGN Radio’s Dave Plier: August, 2014: April, 2015:


Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett of Genesis, performing at Chicago’s Copernicus Center

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Steve Hackett joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about his musical journey, his time with Genesis featuring Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, his influences and more. His tour marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Genesis album Foxtrot which was pivotal in establishing the band […]


Pinball wizard Gary Stern of Stern Pinball: Pinball Expo, manufacturing expansion, Venom, Foo Fighters, Stern Pro Circuit

Gary Stern, Founder and Chairman of Stern Pinball, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the expansion of his gaming business, his latest pinball games including Venom and updates for Foo Fighters, new technology, and the upcoming Pinball Expo. Sternpinball.com, pinballexpo.com.


C’mon, Get Happy: The making of ‘Summer Stock’ with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

Authors David Fantle and Tom Johnson join WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about their latest book about the making of film classic, ‘Summer Stock’. In their third and final screen teaming, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly starred together in this MGM musical, a movie that did not receive the same attention as other musicals from MGM’s […]


WGN Radio Flashback: Eddie Schwartz, Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe, and the story of Resurrection Mary

What is your favorite Chicago ghost story? A WGN Radio tradition: Culled from a vintage conversation recorded in 1982 on reel to reel, the late WGN Radio legend Eddie Schwartz is joined by late Chicago Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe to talk about Resurrection Mary, Archer Avenue, and other ghostly stories around Chicago.


WGN-TV’s Larry Potash on the 13th season of Backstory

Larry Potash from the WGN Morning News joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to preview the new season of ‘Backstory’ premiering this Sunday at 6:30 pm. Plus, as Dave is headed to Boston in a couple of weeks, he asks Larry about places to go, things to do, and some history as it’s Larry’s hometown.


Grammy Hall-of-Famer Aaron Neville: Telling it Like It Is

For the first time, legendary singer and songwriter and Grammy Hall-of-Famer Aaron Neville tells his personal story of overcoming poverty, racism, addiction, and loss through faith, family, and music. He joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to tell his story.


35th anniversary of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ with John Walsh

WGN Radio’s Dave Plier talks to criminologist and TV host John Walsh, as ‘America’s Most Wanted’ debuted 35 years ago.