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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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The Grammy Awards nominations were announced live last night by the Recording Academy. Here are the contenders in key races:
Album of the Year: “El Camino” – The Black Keys, “Some Nights” – fun., “Babel” – Mumford & Sons, “Channel Orange” – Frank Ocean and “Blunderbuss” – Jack White.
Record of the Year: “Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson, “We Are Young” – fun. f/ Janelle Monáe, “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift.
Song of the Year: “The A Team” “ – performed by Ed Sheeran, “Adorn” – performed by Miguel, “Call Me Maybe” – performed by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Stronger” – performed by Kelly Clarkson and “We Are Young” – performed by fun. f/ Janelle Monáe.
Best New Artist: Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean.
Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” – Adele, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson, “Call Me Maybe “ – Carly Rae Jepsen, “Wide Awake” – Katy Perry and “Where Have You Been “ – Rihanna.
Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shake It Out” – Florence & The Machine, “We Are Young” – fun. f/ Janelle Monáe, “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Sexy and I Know It “ – LMFAO and “Payphone” – Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa.
Pop Vocal Album: “Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson, “Ceremonials” – Florence & The Machine, “Some Nights” – fun., “Overexposed” – Maroon 5 and “The Truth About Love” – Pink.
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Christmas” – Michael Bublé, “A Holiday Carole” – Carole King and “Kisses on the Bottom” – Paul McCartney.
Go to Grammy.com for the complete list of nominations in all 81 categories.
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Jessica Simpson’s Future With Weight Watchers Uncertain
Jessica Simpson’s deal with Weight Watchers is reportedly on shaky ground. Simpson, who shed 70 pounds on the program after the birth of her first child seven months ago has reportedly upset the suits at Weight Watchers for already getting pregnant again after they gave her $4 million to be the face of the company. A source told Us Weekly: “They’re furious at Jessica. She was already on thin ice with them since she didn’t lose enough for the first ad, when they had to shoot from the waist up.” According to the source, the company doesn’t think they can continue to run campaigns featuring Simpson because she’s pregnant again.
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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Unveil New Holiday Music Video
Former “Grease” stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John released the video for their holiday track “I Think You Might Like It.” The song is from their holiday-themed charity album titled “This Christmas” and has been compared to their 1978 duet, “You’re the One That I Want.”