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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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SOURCE: DNA Info Chicago
With 17 minutes to go on his Guinness World Records attempt, Clinton Shepherd said the view of Chicago from the top of the Navy Pier Ferris wheel was enough to keep him going.
The 32-year-old Ferris wheel operations manager was accompanied by friends, family, his blue Superman socks and an Xbox during the 48 hours in which he had to stay awake to break the previous record for "longest marathon on a fairground or theme park attraction." "I'm almost official," he said on his 380th cycle on the wheel.
Shepherd made 384 loops in all — he was accompanied by his mother on the last, who exclaimed, "my baby, the superstar," when the wheel touched down for the final record breaking cycle.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel also stopped by to congratulate Shepherd, but stopped short of taking a spin.
"He got in, looked around and hopped back out," Shepherd said, adding that the mayor said he appreciated what Shepherd was doing and that it was "good for the city."
The previous record, set in Edmonton, Alberta, last July by a radio DJ, lasted 30 hours and 35 seconds. According to Michael Empric, a Guinness World Record Adjudicator who happened to be at both record-setting runs, Shepherd "blew it out of the water" — his final time on the wheel came in at 48 hours, eight minutes and 25 seconds.
Shepherd could have stopped soon after 31 hours, but said he wanted to make sure the next person who attempted to beat his record thought long and hard about whether they really wanted to spend more than two days in rotating box. "The Ferris wheel was invented in Chicago, so I wanted to make sure this record stayed in Chicago as long as it can," he said.
The chilly nights were the hardest part of his two-day run and while the sunrise on the first morning was foggy, Shepherd said the Sunday morning sunrise made it all worthwhile. He spent a good deal of time playing Call of Duty on his Xbox.
Shepherd, who celebrated a four-year anniversary with his girlfriend on board the wheel, was greeted by fans, friends, family and a marching band around 2:30 p.m. when he stepped off — Empric handed him a certificate of completion and said his name will be listed in the record books.
The adjudicator had checked security cameras and "detailed logs" of Shepherd's run to make sure he had stayed awake before calling the the record-setting run "an amazing achievement."
"It's definitely been worth it," he said, settling back on solid ground. "It's my friend’s birthday today so we're going to go out and celebrate — I'm gonna go and enjoy this."
The record-setting run was made in conjunction with Armed Forces Day and Shepherd's Ferris wheel cart was decorated with USO stickers in honor US troops. Shepherd's father is a retired Marine.
Renee Shepherd, Shepherd's mother, said her son has "always been adventurous," ever since he got his first tricycle and "wanted to do a wheelie."
"I am ecstatic and so very proud," she said. "And to bring attention to such a worthy cause...he far exceeded his goal — he kept going."
2013 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
This year's "Billboard Music Awards" went down last night . . . and when it was all said and done, TAYLOR SWIFT came out on top, taking home EIGHT awards.
In all, there were 45 awards, and 10 of them were handed out during the show. (You can find the complete winners' list at Billboard.com.)
Here's a rundown of the highlights:
1. During an acceptance speech, Taylor Swift told the crowd, quote, "You're the longest and best relationship I ever had."
2. JUSTIN BIEBER was honored with the first-ever "Milestone Award". But as he walked to the stage, there was a lot of BOOING along with the cheering.
When he got up front, he launched into a very defensive speech that included this: Quote, "I'm 19 years old, I think I'm doing a pretty good job and basically, from my heart, I really wanna say it should really be about the music . . .
"It should be about the craft, the craft that I'm making. This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist, and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of."
3. KID ROCK tried to be all COOL by calling people out for lip-synching while he was presenting an award. He said, quote, "Let's give it up for lip-syncing under pre-recorded music!"
He also seemed to be ON SOMETHING, or maybe he was just pretending to be.
4. While MIGUEL was performing, he jumped from the stage to the catwalk . . . however, he wasn't able to clear it cleanly. Instead, he landed on some girl's head, BUTT FIRST. We're assuming she's OK.
The speculation regarding whether Beyoncé and Jay-Z are expecting just won’t go away. On Friday, E! quoted multiple sources who confirmed the rumors that Bey was pregnant. But while the singer did not deny the stories, she did hit back at the press for the constant speculation about her womb. Over the weekend, she posted a note on Instagram that read, “I can't stop the rumors from starting, and I can't really change peoples minds who believe them, all I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me.” (The post was later taken down.) But if she’s indeed pregnant, she’s surely not showing yet. During a performance in Milan over the weekend, Bey showed off her flat tummy in a skintight purple jump suit.
Meijer’s Summer Experts will be on hand at sampling stations throughout the store with lots of great ideas for Graduation Party Planning & Summer Grilling Season. Stop by, stock-up and sample your Spring & Summer favorites like Johnsonville, Sargento and Tyson.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The popular jazz and swing revivalist band, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, an event that will include a performance at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets start at $35. Go to www.finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18
Louie Anderson at the Improv
Comedian Louie Anderson ("Family Feud," "Life With Louie") returns for a special engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22-$24 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 240-2001 or www.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 17; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Saint Athanasios' Spring Greek Food Festival
Dig in to a wide variety of Greek fare, including saganaki, gyros, pastries and more at the Spring Greek Food Festival at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora. Don't miss the Greek dance performances. Free admission. (630) 851-6106 or www.stathanasios.org. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 17; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19
'Music Can Tell a Story'
Youngsters can explore musical instruments and help choose the music for the "Music Can Tell a Story" family concert at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Kids 4 to 12 can get an up-close look at instruments at the "musical instrument petting zoo." Adults must accompany all children. $8 per person. (630) 206-9566. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18
Train Days at Lambs Farm
Train fans are invited to the annual Train Days event at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Kids of all ages can navigate electric trains, courtesy of the Valley Model Railroad Association. Free admission; some activities require small fees. (847) 362-4636 or www.lambsfarm.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Raffi Concert for Kids
Kids music superstar Raffi ("Baby Beluga," "Bananaphone") is back on the road in a tour to benefit the Centre for Child Honoring this Sunday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $25-$35. (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Glenview Ice Center's "Hollywood, Skate of Fame"
More than 275 skaters celebrate the movies in the Glenview Ice Center's 40th anniversary ice show titled "Hollywood, Skate of Fame." See this famed ice show at 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. $6. (847) 724-2800 or www.glenviewparks.org. 7 p.m. Friday, May 17; 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19
JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival
Scale a 25-foot rock wall, balance on a paddle board or try your hand at a number of other recreational activities during this weekend's JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center, at Lies Road and Gary Avenue, Carol Stream. Free admission, though select events require a registration fee. (630) 784-6100 or www.justplay.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Elmhurst Museum Day FREE Sunday
Take advantage of free admission to Elmhurst's four museums on Elmhurst Museum Day Sunday. A complimentary trolley will run throughout the day between the Elmhurst Art Museum (150 Cottage Hill Ave.), the Elmhurst Historical Museum (120 E. Park Ave.), the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (220 Cottage Hill Ave.) and the Theatre Historical Society of America (152 N. York, second floor). Visitors can get stamps at the museums to qualify for entry in a prize drawing. Visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org, www.elmhursthistory.org, www.lizzadromuseum.org or www.historictheatres.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19
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Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
The much anticipated sequel to the 2009 blockbuster finds the crew of the Enterprise called back home, only to discover their the world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch.