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The Matt Bubala Podcast from WGN Radio 720 in Chicago

The Matt Bubala Podcast from WGN Radio 720 in Chicago


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The Matt Bubala Podcast from WGN Radio 720 in Chicago





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CEO of Chicago hot spots talks Lightfoot’s plan for reopening restaurants

The city has released guidelines for how businesses can reopen in Phase 3. That’s expected to happen in early June, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said last week. The guidelines say outdoor dining will be allowed at restaurants through an application process. Outdoor dining will include rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs and rooms where 50 percent or […]


Is there evidence of a parallel universe?

Jason Steffen from the Kepler project talks about parallel universes and the possibility of it.


Movie critic chats about the best movies to stream

The COVID-19 shutdown has caused some films to be more available sooner. Movie critic Blake Stubbs chats with Matt Bubala about the top picks.


Should Biden pick Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth?

Washington Post political columnist and data analyst David Byler joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss why he thinks Tammy Duckworth is his best option for Vice President. For more information on David’s work, visit here.


WGN Radio’s Roger Badesch releases memoir

WGN Radio newsman, educator and beloved friend of the Matt Bubala Show, Roger Badesch joins Matt and Jess in-studio to discuss his new book, The Unplanned Life. Yes, we stuck to old tradition and ordered pizza. For more information on how to purchase Roger’s book, visit the link here.


Mayor Lightfoot wants a fifth star on city’s flag to represent coronavirus. What does the public think?

For more than 80 years, Chicago’s flag has featured four red stars, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to warrant adding another of the symbols to the iconic banner. Chicago historian Jeff Nichols joins the Matt Bubala Show to talk about the public’s response.


llinois residents more eager to hop borders as stay at home orders are lifted

When Wisconsin’s extended stay at home order got shut down, crowds visited bars throughout the state…and many Illinois residents joined in. The Daily Beast reporter Jonathan Ballew joins the Matt Bubala Show to discuss his experience chatting with Illinois residents who shared weekend travel plans.


Matt Bubala Full Show 5.16.20

This weekend, we are back at it again! This full show episode features our very own Mark Carman, Chicago historian Jeff Nichols, Chicago Brand Ambassador for Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Callum O’Donnell, and Chicago journalist Jonathan Bellow. Throughout the show, we chat about online shopping, quarantine drinks and more!


How to celebrate World Whisky Day while in quarantine

Aberlour rhymes with happy hour…Chicago Brand Ambassador for Aberlour Single Malt Scotch, Callum O’Donnell joins the Matt Bubala Show to chat about World Whisky Day! While whisky drinkers are unable to visit local bars, O’Donnell gives recommendations on how to support your favorite spots and provides tips on making the perfect drink!


“The virus doesn’t discriminate between a legal or illegal animal” Environmental investigator talks dangers of wildlife markets

Steve Galster, environmental and human rights investigator and counter-trafficking program designer with Freeland joins the Matt Bubala Show live from Bangkok to discuss wildlife trafficking and the status of wet markets and the impact on infections diseases like COVID-19.


Does your business need help? Rob Johnson discusses his webinar series, communication strategies during COVID-19

Rob Johnson, former CBS 2 and ABC 7 news anchor joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss his communications company, Rob Johnson Communications (RJC) and his partnership with TechCXO, a firm specializing in temporary placement of senior corporate executives. Rob discusses how he is applying his television skills to support business professionals in a COVID-19 world. […]


What will be the new “normal” for airlines?

Safety and Accident Investigator David Soucie joins the Matt Bubala Show to discuss safe air travel and what protocols may be in place in a post COVID-19 world.


“We’re optimistic, we have a loyal fanbase.” Family-owned Wrigleyville business talks re-opening stages

Ari Struss, general manager and co-owner of Sluggers World Class Sports Bar joins the Matt Bubala Show to chat about the re-opening phases of Chicago’s entertainment industry, the Cubs and more! For more information on take out orders, click here.


President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association with an update on schools during the stay-at-home order

Troy LaRaviere, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, joins the conversation to discuss the Chicago Public Schools during the stay-at-home order. He discusses the lack of protective equipment for workers, budget concerns and leadership improvements.


Revealing the world’s most famous mysteries: What happened to John Wilkes Booth?

Chris Williamson is a man that seeks out the world’s greatest mysteries. He joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss his new podcast about John Wilkes Booth. For information on other podcast episodes and documentaries, visit their website link above.


Celebrating Cinco De Mayo at home? Check out Mercadito River North

In preparation for Cinco De Mayo, some restaurants that have been closed due to the coronavirus are re-opening. Marissa Tunon, Director of Operations at Mercadito River North discusses with The Matt Bubala Show about their special menu featuring authentic tacos and signature margaritas. Mercadito is now taking pre-orders for curbside pickup and takeout.


Forget online workouts! Downers Grove gym teacher creates traveling class for students

Joe Schallmoser, gym teacher and athletic director at The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove has visited students and staff members stuck at home due to the coronavirus. He tells the Matt Bubala Show how his traveling gym class is making his students smile and even shares his best bad dad jokes.


Matt Bubala Full Show 5.2.20

This full show podcast features traveling gym teacher Joe Schallmoser, Marissa Tunon from Mercadito River North, Troy LaRaviere discussing Chicago Public Schools, Matt Marciante on how his high-end leather company is helping others, and Chris Williamson on his new podcast about John Wilkes Booth.


New York City music trio shares story of international success

From New York City subway stations to sharing the stage with Beyonce at the Billboard Music Awards, Too Many Zooz (Matt Muirhead, David Parks, Leo Pellegrino) have been widely recognized for having an unforgettable sound: Brasshouse. Matt and David join The Matt Bubala Show to talk about creating music and future plans. Check out their […]


Upcoming fundraiser encourages future of learning

Jason Patera, Head of School at The Chicago Academy for the Arts joins The Matt Bubala Show to discuss virtual opportunities for students. The Academy Gala is pivoting to the “Art Matters Virtual Fundraiser,” which will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The event will feature live performances, pre-taped videos and an […]