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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
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Nextdoor.com has released the findings of a survey that examines Halloween habits this year. When determining what makes a good neighborhood for Halloween, safety (95%) and good neighbors (92%) were top responses reported as being very important or important. Surprisingly, Halloween candy was only reported to be very important or important by 73% of Americans. Decorations and parties fell even further down the list, with 54% and 32% reported respectively. Other findings:
60% take their children trick-or-treating, 60% give out candy and 53% decorate their home for this holiday.
The average American who will spend money on Halloween will spend $85 this year, on candy, costumes, decorations, etc.
Surprisingly, men aged 18-34 who will spend any money on Halloween are the ones that anticipate spending the most, on average $200, significantly higher than any age group.
25% of parents who take their children age 17 and younger trick-or-treating have met new neighbors for the first time on Halloween
32% of Americans socialize with neighbors on Halloween.
29% of parents who take their children trick-or-treating feel safe allowing their neighbors to take their children trick-or-treating.
50% of parents are willing to venture out to other neighborhoods to take their children trick-or-treating.
30% of parents dress up in costume for Halloween and 24% of people believe you are never too old for trick-or-treating.
32% of parents have dressed their child(ren) in homemade costumes.
19% of Americans say 13 is the magic age when a child becomes too old to trick-or-treat.
The average age when parents believed it was most appropriate to begin taking a child trick-or-treating was around 3-years-old.
A mere 5% of Americans believe it’s never appropriate to let a child partake in Halloween.