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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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It’s splitsville once again for Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. The New York Post reports the couple, who met on the set of the film The Words, broke up just before the holidays, which they originally planned to spend together. The pair dated for three months before calling it quits in March, only to reconcile in September. It appears work may have gotten in the way, with insiders saying the romance fizzled because Cooper was too busy promoting his flick Silver Linings Playbook, which is getting Oscar buzz. Saldana was supposed to travel to Europe with Cooper and his family for the holidays, but instead partied on New Year’s Eve in Miami. Said a witness, “If Zoe was upset over the split with Bradley she didn’t show it.”
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Producer/director J.J. Abrams recently made a dying Star Trek fan’s dream come true. A few weeks ago, a Reddit user known as “ideeeyut” posted a plea on behalf of his friend Dan, who was battling two types of cancer and had only “weeks to live.” According to the user, Dan’s one wish was to see the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, before he died. He even bought a ticket to see The Hobbit, because there was going to be a ten minute trailer for Star Trek, but Dan was hospitalized on the day of the screening and couldn’t go. “My friend is dying,” wrote ideeeyut. “Would like to see the new Star Trek movie. Please help.” Well, the plea worked and somehow the request got to Paramount Pictures and then on to Abrams, who called Dan’s wife and arranged for him to see a special screening of the not-quite finished flick. According to the friend, Dan “loved it.”
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George Lucas is getting hitched. The 68-year-old Star Wars creator, who recently sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion, has gotten engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Mellody Hobson, chairman of DreamWorks animation and head of a Chicago-based based investment management firm. This will be the first marriage for the 43-year-old Hobson; the second for Lucas, who was previously married to Marcia Lucas from 1969-1983. There’s no word on when the couple will wed.
Producers of ABC’s The Bachelor have gone to court to get a blogger known as Reality Steve Carbone to stop leaking information about the show. Producers first sued Carbone in December, 2011, claiming that in order to get spoilers he tried to get contestants to breach their confidentiality agreements. The two sides reached a settlement in June, although Carbone said he’d continue to post spoilers but would abide by the terms of the settlement. Well, producers have gone back to court saying Carbone breached the deal, prompted by a post last month in which he revealed details about the first five episodes of the upcoming season featuring Sean Lowe, including full names of the women eliminated from the competition. The producers are asking for a permanent injunction against Carbone, as well as monetary damages. Carbone calls the new suit “bogus” and insists the original settlement “does not prevent me from publishing spoilers.” The new season of The Bachelorpremieres January 7th.