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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!
American Idol champ Kris Allen was injured in a car crash Tuesday. Kris’ mom broke the news by tweeting a pic of her son with the caption, “From Kris: He is in a lot of pain, arm broke, may not play guitar for a while. Prayers welcome please #headoncollision.” Later Kris confirmed the accident, but also shared some happier news – he’s going to be a dad. “Yes, I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I'm having a lil baby,” he tweeted, and then thanked, “@ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup and the little one we have on the way safe.”
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Russell Crowe has responded to Adam Lambert’s criticism of the film Les Miserables. Over the weekend, the American Idol runner-up tweeted that he found the movie “visually impressive,” but said “the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” Lambert also added, “I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.” Well, Crowe, who plays Javert in the film, didn’t totally disagree with Lambert. When a fan asked the Oscar winner if he had heard about Lambert’s comments, Crowe replied, “I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, (director Tom) Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is.”
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A top shelf list of current and classic superstars will be on hand to pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year for his “exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work.” Springsteen will be honored on February 8 at an event hosted by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart at the Los Angeles Convention Center and featuring performances by Jackson Browne, Elton John, Patti Smith,Neil Young, Sting, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Mumford & Sons,Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper, among others.