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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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Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t seem to be worried about going up against Jay Leno now that Jimmy Kimmel Live is moving to 11:35 pm. In a conference call yesterday he compared the Tonight Showhost to Jason from the Friday the 13th movies saying, “Just when you think he’s dead, he comes back.” And Kimmel doesn’t seem to think Jay will be his competition for long. “The fact is that NBC is going to make a decision someday. As much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever and Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent,” he explained. The Tonight Show plans to move up their start time to 11:34 to get a minute head start on the ABC late night talker, which Kimmel takes as a bit of a complement. “It tells me that they are a bit concerned,” he said. “I’ll be curious to see how long that goes on. That’s a trick designed to bring up their ratings in the first month. What really matters is how you do in May and that’s when we’ll know where we stand.”
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New mom Adele has another new title: the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. Editors and broadcasters were asked to vote for the person they felt had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012, and the UK singer beat out fellow musicians Taylor Swift and South Korean rapper PSY as well as the cast of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, just to name a few. Previous winners include Swift and Lady Gaga.
Organizers of last week’s 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert have yet to declare the total amount raised, but did announce the first $50 million is ready to be distributed to several organizations working to provide relief for those affected by the storm, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Robin Hood Foundation is in charge of funneling the money the concert raised through ticket sales, merchandise, sponsorships, online auctions of memorabilia and phone and online donations.
Twenty-four of the finest performances from last week’s 12-12-12 Superstorm Sandy relief concerts have been selected for inclusion on 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, available now on iTunes, and on CD on January 22. The tracklist includes one song from Paul McCartney, two each from Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, three apiece from Coldplay frontmanChris Martin, The Who and Billy Joel and four from Roger Waters. At least $6.50 from each sale will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
MISCELLANEOUS MOVIE NEWS
● Angelina Jolie, whose directorial debut In The Land of Blood and Honey was released in 2011, is in talks to direct the World War II drama Unbroken. The movie is an adaptation of the 2010 book about Olympic athlete and war veteran Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash during the war and clung to life on a raft for 47 days before he was captured by the Japanese and sentenced to time in a prisoner of war camp.
● Jon Voight is in talks to join the upcoming movie Reagan, about the 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan. Voight will play a Soviet KGB agent whose job it was to track the president.
● Jackie Chan will join Sylvester Stallone in the third installment of The Expendables franchise. Jackie said he was invited to be in the second film but was too busy shooting another movie. There’s no word on when The Expendables 3 will begin shooting.
● Hugh Jackman will once again grow out his muttonchops to play Wolverine. The actor, whose new film Les Miserables opens Christmas Day, has signed on to reprise his role of the clawed mutant in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Original X-Men Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are already on board for the flick, which also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
● Universal has announced that Riddick will hit theaters on September 6th. This is the third installment in the Vin Diesel franchise, which started with 2000’s Pitch Black and was followed by 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick.
● Looks like Kristen Stewart will not be romancing Ben Affleck in her next film. The actor/director has dropped out of the grifter romantic comedy Focus because he couldn’t fit it into his schedule. Earlier this month, Stewart confirmed that she had signed on for the film.