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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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Craig Ferguson Gets His Music Wish – Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi fame will have a weeklong stint on CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” starting December 3rd. Ferguson has often lamented on air about how much he’d like to have a house band, and has been saying lately he wanted Sambora. He made it clear he’s not picky about what Sambora chooses to do on the show. “I thought it would be great if you could be the house band on the show, but not necessarily play the guitar. Just you, naked, playing a tiny little harp,” Ferguson quipped during the pre-taped show that airs tomorrow night. Sambora said no to the naked harp-playing, but he is determined to get Craig behind the drum kit again for a jam. Ferguson was once a journeyman drummer for 1980s punk and new wave bands in Scotland. Sambora is also promoting his new album, “Aftermath of the Lowdown.” Some tickets are still available to see Craig tonight @ the Chicago Theater!
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PETA Slams ‘Twilight’ Party Planners Over Caged Wolves
PETA has taken aim at “Twilight” party planners for bringing live wolves to Monday night’s “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” premiere after-party in Los Angeles. Three wolves prowled around a cage by the entrance to the party, upsetting many party guests. “Didn’t it dawn on the Twilight event organizers that real wolves do not belong at a party with blaring music and flashing lights?” a PETA spokesperson said. “The wolves were provided by Hollywood Animals, a notorious exhibitor that has been cited for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act for repeatedly failing to provide the animals it exploits with basic veterinary care, proper shelter, food, and water.” PETA said they got “calls, emails and photos from people at the party.”
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Adkins, Carey, Green Booked For NYC Tree Lighting
Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey and Cee Lo Green are set to perform this month at the Christmas tree lighting in New York’s Rockefeller Center, NBC said. The event takes place November 28th. Victoria Justice, Chris Mann, Rod Stewart and Il Volo are also booked to sing. Billy Crystal and Bette Milder will make special appearances, as well. “The 80th annual holiday extravaganza will feature a Norway Spruce that is approximately 80 feet tall, 50 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 10 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 80 years old,” NBC said.