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Support BEDS Plus through Steve Dahl’s Charity Auction


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined with Steve Dahl where he talks about the Steve Dahl Garage sale he had. Speaking mainly about the Charity Auction that is still happening where you can still purchase items from the garage sale on. All proceeds will be donated to BEDS PLUS, helping the homeless with housing and supportive services in west suburban Cook County.

Check out what’s left and what part of Steve Dahl history you could own!

The Steve Dahl Garage Sale; don’t miss these treasures!


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray talk with Steve Dahl about his garage sale happening tomorrow at River’s Casino on Saturday, July 14th! Find out what treasures you could grab, and how he could Steve could get rid of these items.


The Steve Dahl Garage Sale at River’s Casino happening tomorrow from 12 pm – 2 pm, don’t miss it!

Take home a piece of Radio legend: The Steve Dahl Garage Sale


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by the one and only Steve Dahl, where he woke up early to talk about his Garage Sale that’s happening July 14th at Rivers Casino. Hang out with The Steve Dahl Show and take home some memorabilia, furniture, vinyl records, or even some Hawaiian shirts! All proceeds will be donated to charity while you enjoy some radical finds.



Hear Steve Dahl host the final hours of the Loop

Steve Dahl rode WLUP (The Loop) off into the sunset March 9 in an unprecedented simulcast that ran on WLS and 97.9 FM.

The guest list was a Chicago listener’s dream line-up, including Steve’s old colleagues and friends Jonathon Brandmeier, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Danny Bonaduce, Sky Daniels, Patti Haze, Mitch Michaels and Stan Lawrence.

Hear the entire show, broken down by hour, right here!





The Steve Dahl Show – August 24, 2017

Steve is looking sharp after a new haircut, which tickles Dag’s fancy. Thursday means Ask Janet, Steve & Janet announce they’re going back to New York this weekend to see Dear Evan Hanson! Steve shares a cast member’s song & Janet answers your questions!

Recently on Sirott and Murciano (w/ Kaempfer and Stern) – 8/11/2017


Rick Kaempfer and David Stern fill in for Bob and Marianne as they talk with Denny Laine, Neil Innes, Mark Hudson talk about The Fest for Beatles Fans, Rachel Dratch gets a 20 yr old parking ticket, Steve Dahl gets tweeted by Stephen Colbert…plus a special replay of George Bannos’ final appearance on the radio.

John Malkovich with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano

Bob and Marianne took the fruit bowl out to meet John Malkovich. They talked about how he gets into his roles, what he’s like in real life and whether he’s easy to live with. He also talks about growing up in Chicago watching Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson and listening to Bob Sirott and Steve Dahl.

WLS-AM 890 to Kick Off 2017 With New Talk Show Featuring Popular Chicago Personalities Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano

CHICAGO, IL, December 19, 2016  Cumulus Media announces that it will debut a new live talk show featuring Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, Chicago’s favorite husband and wife on-air team, on WLS-AM 890, the flagship radio station of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox. “Sirott and Murciano” will debut on WLS-AM 890 on Monday, January 2, 2017, and will air weekdays from 10AM-12 Noon.

Multiple Emmy-winning broadcasters Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano previously hosted the popular Sirott and Murciano program weekdays from Noon-3PM on Chicago’s WGN Radio. With a longtime passionate fan base on-air and on social media, they are fixtures on the Chicago media landscape. They co-anchored Fox Thing in the Morning on WFLD-TV in Chicago from 1994 to 2000. Their web site, SusosFork.com, combines their personalities and passion for food. Most recently, Sirott was seen doing commentary on CBS News’ CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley. Murciano is currently writing a book on her native Cuba and the story of her grandfather who was murdered there in 1948.

Peter Bowen, WLS AM 890 General Manager and Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Chicago, said: “Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano are deeply rooted in Chicago and are well known to the community. With their addition, WLS is more local and more relevant to Chicago listeners and advertisers.”

Peter Bolger, WLS AM 890 Program Director and Operations Manager, said: “Bob and Marianne are simply great local storytellers who will inform and entertain Chicago radio listeners and keep mornings on WLS fresh, fun and always interesting, with more than a few surprises.”

Sirott said: “Generations of Chicagoans, like me and listeners all over the Midwest and beyond, grew up with WLS. That makes hosting a show on this station very special.”

Murciano said: “I look forward to talking about the news of the day, the trending topics, and even the marital disputes I have with Bob! It’s going to be fun.”


Concurrently, WLS will launch its new weekday programming line-up for 2017, with the following new airtimes:

6AM – 10AM: Big John and Ray

10AM-12 Noon: Sirott and Murciano

12 Noon-3PM: Rush Limbaugh

3PM-7PM: The Steve Dahl Show


9PM-12 Midnight: The Mark Levin Show

Happy National Dog Day

National Dog Day

Learn more about National Dog Day here!

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.




Source: National Dog Day

Chicago Tonight: Steve Dahl Dissects Disco Demolition

In case you missed it on WTTW Monday night, here’s the Disco Demolition anniversary piece with Steve Dahl!

The new book “Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died” explores the notorious history of the “Anti-Disco Army” – a rebellion that led to chaos at Comiskey Park and a forfeited game for the Chicago White Sox.

Source: Steve Dahl Dissects the Disco Demolition | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

You can findmore information about and order your copy of of Steve’s new book, “Disco Demolisiton: The Night Disco Died” right here.

disco demolotion



Weekend “A-Jenda” June 2nd – 5th

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Lincoln Square Maifest

Date: Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5th
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday noon to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday noon to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago

Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.

Mayfest, like Octoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. Chicago’s German community welcomes all to their Mayfest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago’s German Community.

Road Closures: Western Ave Between Eastwood and Leland

CTA Options:
Brown Line to Western
#49 Western Avenue Bus
#81 Lawrence Avenue Bus
#11 Lincoln Bus (however, only from the north since the #11 doesn’t connect through the Northcenter neighborhood. It is coming back next month. Read more here.)

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Date: Friday, June 3rd & Saturday, June 4th
Time: Friday at 12:00 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers, and the admission is FREE!

For the full lineup, click here.

A panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the weekend.

CTA Options:
Pink, Orange, Green, Brown and Purple (rush) Lines – Randolph
Blue Line – Washington
Red Line – Lake
Buses #3, #4, #6, #10, #14, #26, #143, #144, #145, #146, #147, #151, #157

Taste of Little Village; Flavors of Mexico

Date: Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kedzie at 26th Street in Little Village, Chicago

From the event website:

Beyond authentic Mexican treats (tacos, gorditas, flautas, enchiladas and tortas) from nearly a dozen Chicago restaurants, there’s also a non-stop music lineup, daily cooking demonstrations on a Culinary Stage with top chefs, carnival rides and arts/crafts.

Traffic Alert: 26th Street from Kedzie to Sacramento

CTA Options:
Pink Line – Kedzie (just over one-half mile, south to 26th Street)
#52, #60

Hyde Park Brew Fest

Date: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park, Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Hyde Park at 53rd and Harper, the Hyde Park Brew Fest boasts “good music, great people, craft beer, food and craft vendors.”

The event is free, though tickets for sampling beer and cider from over 50 different breweries must be purchased.

More information here.

Traffic Alert: 53rd at Harper closed

CTA Options:
#2, #4, #6, #10, #15, #28, #55, #59

The Steve Dahl Show at Hooters in Downers Grove

Date: Friday, June 3rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hooters Downers Grove

Steve, Dag and Brendan will be watching the White Sox game from Hooters in Downers Grove on Friday. Ten lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets to an upcoming White Sox game!

For more information, click here!

Girls on the Run 5k – Chicago

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time
Location: Grant Park, Chicago

For registration and more information visit this link.

The Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event and fun run. It is open to the public. Girls who are currently participating in the program are already registered for the 5k. All finishers receive “woo hoos!” and the admiration of numerous spectators, but runners are not timed nor are awards given.

Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner!

Do you have a child between the ages of two and six? Li’l Spark Sprints go from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and are 20-60 yard dashes!

Morning Traffic Anchor, Jen DeSalvo, coaches for Girls on the Run. Read about her work with the organization here!

Traffic Alert: Balbo closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive. Event will take place on lakefront bike path.

Weekend Festivals in the Suburbs

Information from Festing.com

Gilberts Community Days Gilberts, IL
St.Joseph Carnival Summit Argo, IL
Maifest Chicago Chicago, IL
Hawthorn Mall Carnival Vernon Hills, IL
Aledo Rhubarb Fest Aledo, IL
Virginia BBQ Virginia, IL
Lincoln Park Greek Fest Chicago, IL
Taste of Little Village: Taste of Mexico Chicago, IL
2 Brothers Summer Festival Aurora, IL
Lemont Beerfest Lemont, IL
Red Head Days Highwood, IL
57th Street Art Fair Hyde Park, Chicago

Traffic Projects

In Itasca, Parkside will close between Thorndale and Granville avenues at 7 a.m. Thursday for removal to make room for new ramps and frontage roads as part of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project.

Beginning on Thursday, June 2, 104th Avenue will be closed at 159th Street until Winter 2016. A posted detour will direct traffic to use 108th Avenue, 167th Street and Lagrange Road (U.S. 45).

One lane in each direction on I-80, just west of Illinois 23, will be closed below the bridge to repaint the East 16th Road (Airport Road).
Use Route 6 between Ottawa and Utica as an alternate.

CTA Alerts

Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.

Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.

Trains Rerouted Downtown: Lake and Wabash Closed

Planned Work w/ Reroute

Affects Train Tracker prediction availability
Orange, Green, Pink & Brown Line trains will be rerouted on the Loop elevated via Wells & Van Buren. No service will operate on Lake or Wabash.

Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.

Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd via Wells and Van Buren.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Downtown via Wells and Van Buren. Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station.

Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.

Photo from http://www.transitchicago.com/
Photo from http://www.transitchicago.com/


Weekend “A-Jenda” May 19th-22nd

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White Sox Play at Home with Live WLS-AM 890 Pre-Game Broadcast

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Section 112, Chicago
Time: 12:30 p.m.

White Sox Promo Days weekend of May 22 2016

Join Connor McKnight at the Xfinity Zone in Section 112 of U.S. Cellular Field before the game on Sunday, May 22nd for the pre-game show LIVE beginning at 12:30 p.m.!


Girls on the Run 5k – North

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Location: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Brae Loch Rd, Grayslake
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time

Before the Sunday live broadcast at U.S. Cellular, join WLS-AM 890’s very own Jen DeSalvo at the Girls on the Run 5k in Grayslake!

Run 3.1 miles and see Jen DeSalvo of the Big John Howell Show announcing at the finish line!

For registration and more information visit this link. You can always get some community service time in, as they still need volunteers!

Jen DeSalvo ran the race after she announced the Girls on the Run 5k Southwest race in Joliet on May 15, 2016.


Big John Howell’s Pick of the Weekend: Peter Wolf

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Park West, Chicago

Peter Wolf, an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician is coming the Park West in Lincoln Park!
He is best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983.

Get tickets at http://www.peterwolf.com/tour


Long Grove Chocolate Fest 2016

Friday, May 20 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Road Closures: Robert Parker Coffin Rd Between Schaeffer Rd and Route 83 closed beginning Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday.

Experience Historic Downtown Long Grove…fun for the kids and the kid in YOU. Delight in a weekend of chocolate treats, visit the Kid FREE Zone, go on a shopping spree, sample amazing foods and get up and dance to the live music of 7th Heaven, Infinity and American English, to name a few. Admission: $5 (Free from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20), Children 12 and under FREE.

For more information, visit this link.


Boston in Concert

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Horseshoe Casino, New Buffalo, MI

From our sister station, 97.9 WLUP-FM:

Boston is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their first self-titled album, which sold 17 million copies and became the best-selling debut album in history. The band is recognized for the technical excellence of its live productions, the outstanding performance of its talented band members on stage, and their uncanny ability to reproduce all the unique sounds of their studio albums without the use of prerecorded material.

For their 2016 “Four Decades Tour” BOSTON will delight their audiences with a high energy set of their well-known hits plus extended live arrangements, accompanied as always by their own unique visual stage presentation. Hit singles include “More Than A Feeling,” “Long Time,” and “Peace Of Mind.” The band includes Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Tommy DeCarlo, Tracy Ferrie, Jeff Neal, Curly Smith, and Beth Cohen.


The 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Monday, May 31, 2016
Time: Various
Location: All Over the Place

More than 300 venues featuring local craft brews! American Craft Beer Week runs May 16-22, 2016, and was started in 2006.

However, the Chicago week lasts nearly two weeks with events in the city and surrounding suburbs lasting through Memorial Day.

The celebration kicks off with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the “Craft Beer Party in the Park” closing party at Welles Park in Lincoln Square.

Some of the events include the Curious Craft Beer Bash at Mahoney’s on Ogden that benefits Variety – the Children’s Charity of Illinois and the Lagunitas Brewing Company dog-friendly beer event, “Beggin’ for Brews & Barkin’ for Bubbles.” Both of these take place on May 22, 2016.

For ALL of the events, visit this page.

2016 Daley Plaza Farmers Market

Date: Thursdays through October 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Daley Plaza Farmers Market, 50 West Washington Street

The Chicago Farmers Markets bring fresh and healthy produce directly to communities across the city all summer long. In addition to fruits and vegetables, shoppers will many more items such as flowers, bread, eggs, jam, honey and more.

A complete list of more than fifty city-run and independent markets, along with dates and times can be found at chicagofarmersmarkets.us.



Date: Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland at Barry Ave, Lakeview, Chicago

Added traffic for street closures on Barry between Ashland and Paulina. Use the CTA Brown Line for easy access.
For more information: http://www.mayfestchicago.com/


Weekend Traffic Projects

Safety Improvement Project along Interstate 290

There will be temporary shoulder closures in various locations along the Eisenhower (I-290) from I-355 to I-294, beginning Friday, May 20. The closures are necessary for a safety improvement project along I- 290.
– Daytime shoulder closures in both directions along I-290 at various locations
– Nighttime shoulder closures on eastbound I-290 at Bloomingdale Road
– Nighttime shoulder closures on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to southbound I-294
– Nighttime lane closures on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL 64
The scope of the project includes the installation of guardrails. The ramp from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL 64 also will be resurfaced.
The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2016.

NWI: I-94 & U.S. 421 Interchange Ramps Temporarily Closed For Restoration

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced ramps at the I-94 interchange of U.S. 421 will be temporarily closed Friday May 20 through the end of June.

Here is the entire story.



Weekend CTA Travel Alerts

CTA Construction

Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.

Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.

Green Line trains operating between Laramie, Downtown and Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove will see delays from 10:00 p.m. on Friday to 4:00 Monday morning. This is for track improvements.

Red Line trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Fullerton and Clark/Division, resulting in minor delays, 11:00 p.m. on Friday through 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.


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Pictures: Chicago Farmers Market with Steve Dahl