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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 has been on barely three weeks and already we have our first contestant scandal. Matt Farmer auditioned on Wednesday’s show and recounted his emotional story about being hit by an IED while serving in Iraq. He claimed he suffered a brain injury and the medications he was taking was supposed to cause sterility, but six months later he found out he was going to be a daddy. Well, turns out the whole thing was a lie. After the segment aired, soldiers who served with Farmer claimed he wasn’t injured, and was actually kicked out of the army because of his problems with alcohol. After being confronted by the website Guardians of Valor, Farmer admitted he made the whole thing up. Farmer did receive a ticket to Hollywood although sources say he did not move on from there. It’s not known whether it was his lack of talent or his lies that got him kicked off the show.
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Wearing a sexy black leather and lace outfit that could have come straight out of the Victoria’s Secret catalog, Beyonce certainly looked bootylicious and sounded just as satisfying during her halftime performance at yesterday’s Super Bowl. The singer’s Super Bowl set list included “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “Halo,” “Baby Boy” and “End of Time.” She also did “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women” during the much-hyped Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who also lend Beyonce a hand on “Single Ladies.” Hours after her high-profile performance, Beyonce announced she will kick off the North American leg of her The Mrs. Carter Show world tour on June 28 in Los Angeles. The trek will stop in Chicago July 17 at the United Center.
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Mark Wahlberg and his CGI bear co-star Ted will be presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. Of course, that won’t be too tough, considering Ted is voiced by Seth MacFarlane, who is also hosting the show. “I'm excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg," said Ted in a statement. "I'm spending the next month learning to pronounce 'Quvenzhané.'" [qwa-VAHN-zhe-ne] The 85th Annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 24th.