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Sing Me A Story; Connecting Kids with Songwriters at Riot Fest

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News

“The one thing all kids have, regardless of circumstance, is imagination,” Austin Atteberry told John and Ray Friday morning.

Atteberry is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the nonprofit, Sing Me A Story. The group encourages children in hospitals, children’s homes and hospice organizations to write and/or illustrate stories about anything that they want, and in turn, distributes those stories to songwriters who turn those stories into songs.

“If we could bring those imaginations to some of the biggest microphones in the world to remind us that we all have a lot more in common than we often attribute to ourselves, we will have really done something,” Atteberry says of Sing Me A Story.

“We have about 2,000 songwriters who participate in our program,” Atteberry said.

The organization began partnering with music festivals across the country to work with artists, recording these stories turned songs on-site. This weekend, Sing Me A Story has partnered with Riot Fest, Sinai Children’s Hospital and The Chicago House to work to turn children’s stories into music.

Past musical partners have been Mayday Parade, Less than Jake and a handful of other songwriters in Nashville to turn the product of imaginations into music.

Listen to Austin Atteberry on the John Howell and Ray Stevens morning show:

Big John Howell Show Notes 5-2-16

The Chicago Teachers Union might not be going on strike before the end of the school year. The Chicago Teachers Union has expressed concerns about a potential strike’s impact on teachers’ health insurance and paychecks if a walkout were to continue into the summer break. The soonest teachers could go on strike would be May 16, with little more than a month left in the school year.

Paul Dailing has created a new tour through the city of Chicago, spotlighting the graft and corruption in the city. He thinks people make too much life of our corruption politicians and is trying to shine a light on them. (Listen here)

The confrontation between debt-swamped Puerto Rico and its creditors is intensifying as the U.S. territory will default on payments due Monday. Puerto Rico was expected to default on about $422 million in bonds. Wall Street Journal columnist Stephen Moore joined John with some solutions for Puerto Rico. (Listen here)

A student was attacked on the CTA Blue Line in broad daylight last week. The truly upsetting thing is she says other people on the train just watched as she was beaten. There were at least two other people on the train who did nothing to help her. There have been a number of robberies on the CTA lately, including someone who is robbing lone travelers on the Red Line. Would you help a stranger who was being attacked or would you stay out of it? (Listen here)

John Kasich just can’t win. He did a “promposal” video for a young woman at an event in California. The good news is, the person in question did says yes. The bad news is the young said that both she, and her date will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential race.

A TV sportscaster in Nashville did a sports report containing a ton of references to Prince in memory of the late artist. The TV station didn’t find it amusing, and actually fired him.

When residents of a city in northeastern Utah noticed two stop signs had gone missing at a busy intersection, they decided to find out why. It turned out the city manager had them removed after he got a traffic ticket because of them.

Reciting Prince During a Sportscast; a Fire-able Offense

In case you missed it on the John Howell Morning Show, the crew discussed a story focused on Dan Phillips, a sportscaster for Nashville’s WZTV.

Dan Phillips, a sportscaster in Nashville, was terminated for adding Prince lyrics into his report.
Dan Phillips, a sportscaster in Nashville, was terminated for adding Prince lyrics into his report.


As reported in this article from Mediaite.com, Phillips delivered one of his sports reports filled with references to songs from the late Prince as a tribute.

Check out the video here:

Shortly after the report aired, Phillips was fired from his position.

It became a humorous debate between the morning show team. Should he or shouldn’t Phillips have lost his position for this stunt? The Johns (Howell and Dempsey) said “yes,” while Jen DeSalvo stood by Phillips.