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Records truly is his middle name. John Records Landecker is a Chicago radio legend. He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2020, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


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Records truly is his middle name. John Records Landecker is a Chicago radio legend. He's a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2020, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame.




2023 Chicago Auto Show celebrates 115th year

While Dave Plier is out, John fills in and talks with Jennifer Morand, President of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and General Manager for the Chicago Auto Show. They talk about the longstanding show history and it’s 115th year in Chicago, as well as the incredible new attractions this year! For tickets and more […]


What happened to the 13th floor? Why some hotels skip it

Sharon, co-founder of the Your Mileage May Vary travel blog she writes with her husband Joe, joins John Landecker to discuss how some hotels skip the 13th floor and shares travel news, including Southwest experimenting with boarding order.


Woodstock Groundhog Days

Rick Bellairs, Woodstock Committee Chairman, joins John Landecker on the show to promote the Woodstock Groundhog Days Celebration and all that we can expect to see at the event as well as the Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the film ‘Groundhog Day’ which was filmed in Woodstock Illinois! Check out the […]


A preview of the ‘Chicago Mayoral Forum’ with Tahman Bradley

WGN-TV’s Tahman Bradley joins John Landecker to preview the ‘Chicago Mayoral Forum.’ Tahman talks about difference between a forum and a debate and shares some of the topics the candidates will discuss. WGN-TV’s Tahman Bradley and Lourdes Duarte will be the two moderators for the forum which will be broadcast live Tuesday, January 31st at […]


Your Hometown Elgin : Rediscover Records

John Landecker is joined by Elgin record store owner Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records to talk about a hometown gem: a record store with attitude. Rediscover records is located at 9 S. Spring St. Elgin, IL 60120. Check them out and help support local businesses.


Blockbuster Blake and the 2023 Oscar nominations

The John Landecker Show Movie Critic Blake Stubbs joins John to break down the Oscar nominations for 2023.


The Rumore Report: Tom Skilling and Vintage Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reporter Kori Rumore joins John Landecker on the program for a full hour of information including a Tom Skilling interview and some of the worst weather Chicago has ever seen in our history.


U-Haul Company of North Shore Chicago President: ‘More people are moving out than moving in’

Constance Turner, U-Haul Company of North Shore Chicago President, joins John Landecker to break down the U-Haul Growth Index report that was put out at the beginning of 2023.


The Green Mill: Come for the mob history and stay for the live jazz

'It's not a retro place; it hasn't changed,' says owner of The Green Mill in Uptown.


Marnie Shure gives us 2022 food trends, Mexican Pizza, and more!

Managing Editor of The Takeout, Marnie Shure, joins John Landecker on the show to take us through some of the most popular Google food searches and trends of the last year. Find Marnie’s articles here!


Rod Pyle with a look at the last year in space

Rod Pyle, Editor in Chief of Ad Astra Magazine and host of ‘This Week in Space‘ Podcast, joins host John Landecker to recap space news in 2022.


The Rumore Report: The Snow Polls are open

Kori Rumore, reporter at The Chicago Tribune and long time friend of the John Landecker show, joins John yet again to give us an update on a topic very near and dear to John’s heart: snowplow names. Listen in to hear some of the incredible choices and click here to vote on your favorite names! […]


What were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s visits to Chicago like?

Former WGN Radio news anchor Roger Badesch joins John Landecker to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s time in Chicago and what happened when he visited the city.


Founder and CEO of National Day Calendar Marlo Anderson

There is a day for everything, it seems, and to tell us all about the National Day Calendar is the Founder and CEO of the Calendar, Marlo Anderson. Listen in to hear the inspiring story of the start of The National Day Calendar website. Not only does Marlo run the website, but he is also […]


Eagles soar to Illinois

Illinois ranks second after Alaska for the largest winter bald eagle population.


Blockbuster Blake Stubbs reviews Fabelmans and Avatar: The Way of Water

Blake and John Discuss the acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Fabelmens and James Cameron’s Avatar sequel Avatar 2: The Way of Water.


Cardiologist on Bills safety Damar Hamlin

Dr. Vincent Woo, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine Hospitals, joins John Landecker to explain how Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety, sustained his injury and speculate what is next for the young athlete.


Psychic medium Andrew Anderson predicts 2023 and takes caller questions

Psychic medium Andrew Anderson makes predictions for 2023 and shares a message.


‘I would call it a moment of concern’ – Rod Pyle on the ISS capsule coolant leak

The Russian spacecraft docked at the International Space Station, its primary lifeboat, sprung a leak and is damaged beyond repair, with seven astronauts on the ISS for the first time in 22 years. Editor-in-chief of Ad Astra Magazine Rod Pyle joins us on the program to break down the issue and more. Rod is also […]


The Rumore Report: Submit your best names for Chicago snowplows

John Landecker talks to the Chicago Tribune’s Kori Rumore about the new contest for Chicago residents to name a snowplow. The “You Name A Snowplow” competition is running until January 6, or after at least 20,000 names have been submitted. Chicago residents can go to to submit their punny names and will have until […]