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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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Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding December 21, 2012 (the last day of the Mayan calendar), a new survey reveals that Americans are more optimistic about this day than previously thought. The folks at Zoosk.com recently conducted a survey among more than 4,000 of its members in the U.S. to gather their thoughts on this date, if they are preparing for it, and how the idea of the end of the world would affect their plans.
-93% of Americans think the world will not come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012.
-Only 25% of Americans will do any kind of preparation for Dec. 21, such as buying survival gear and emergency supplies.
-68% of Americans say they would stay in the relationship they are currently in even if they believed the world were coming to an end.
-34% of Americans would like to spend their last day on Earth snuggling with a loved one.
-Only 5% would max out their credit cards.
-Only 1% would tell-off their boss.
If you'd rather not spend the night in your basement waiting for the end to come, there are some events in Chicago marking this date. With music and stargazing, here's a look at three events going on in the city to mark the end of the Mayan calendar.
Starmaggedon, Adler Planetarium
As part of their "Adler After Dark" series, the planetarium is showcasing a Mayan-themed party on December 20. There will be Mayan culture experts speaking about the end of the fourth age of the Mayan long count calendar and what it all means. There will also be Mayan-themed activities, as well as the "Holiday Sky Live!" show. The show is for ages 21 and up only, and tickets range from $9-$12, with cafe menu and cash bar available. Events begin at 6 p.m. 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.
End of the Mayan Calendar/World Apocalypse Party, The Empty Bottle
"RSVP to your funeral" is the catchphrase to this party over at The Empty Bottle. Beginning at 10 p.m. on the 21, you can party your way to armageddon with some of Chicago's biggest up-and-coming bands like Rabble Rabble, Magic Milk, and Vamos. This is a 21-and-up show, with tickets available to purchase for $8 or free admission with RSVP. 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago.
Psychosis 2012 Chicago
If partying in the end of the world is your scene, head on over to Psychosis Chicago at the Riverside Complex for a two-day party featuring headlining dance/electronica artists like Gein and Bad Chemistry and Danny the Wildchild. Tickets available for one day, two days, and VIP passes for purchase online. This is also a 21-and-up event easily accessible from public transportation. 2343 S. Throop St., Chicago.
For a list of more End Of The World parties click HERE