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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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Rihanna opens up about her relationship with Chris Brown in this month’s Rolling Stone magazine. "I decided it was more important for me to be happy," the 24-year-old says about her decision to reunite with the man who beat her up in February 2009. "I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of [my happiness.] Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it." But Rihanna adds that she won’t stand for any more abuse from Brown. "He doesn't have the luxury of f--king up again," she says. "That's just not an option. I can't say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility."
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Six-time Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake will continue his musical comeback on music’s biggest night, performing live at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 10, airing at 8p on CBS. Timberlake’s first album in seven years, The 20/20 Experience, will arrive on March 19. His current single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z currently sits and No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Barbra Streisand will perform at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, the first time she’s performed at the Oscars since 1977 when she won the Best Original Song award for “Evergreen” from A Star is Born. "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years." The 85th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, airs Sunday, February 24th on ABC.
● ABC has given the go-ahead for a new primetime game show, Bet On Your Baby, hosted by actress/comedian Melissa Peterman (Reba). The show will feature five families with toddlers, with each family betting on what their baby will do during a challenge. At the end, the families will compete for a chance to win $50,000 towards a college fund for the kid.
● Roseanne Barr will guest star on one of the remaining episodes of The Office. She'll play Carla Fern, a talent agent who helps Andy (Ed Helms) pursue his showbiz dreams.
● Warner Bros. has officially given the green light for a big screen version of the HBO series Entourage. Deals are currently being made with the show’s stars, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. No word on when filming will begin.
● Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz will host the February 16th edition of Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Alabama Shakes.