Since I started as the Events guy at public radio, the very popular Off-Air Series has presented a conversation between Eboo Patel and Krista Tippett at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a celebration of the birthplace of Rock and Roll, original storytelling at the Chicago Children's Museum, in depth discussions of Chicago's theater scene, a biking event, a comic book discussion, two Drive-In Double Features, a high-end coffee tasting, and a "coming together" of Community Art Centers from around the city.
Over 30,000 WBEZ fans have attended these events and working with Breeze to create and execute such a diversity of topics in a such a variety of locations (including an urban farm in Englewood and a literature event in the Heartland Cafe) has been challenging and extremely rewarding.
This year, in its fifth season, the Off-Air Series has a new sheriff.
Our new Events team, headed by Executive Producer (and WBEZ Marketing Director) Vanessa Harris, is a lean, mean producing machine. Harris, myself, Chris Davilla and Tyler James Greene (coming in with a total of 40+ years of producing experience altogether) are primed and ready to take three of the Off-Air Series' most successful and wide-ranging events and make them better and add a brand new event for the summer that will blow your mind.
First, for the Fall is the pumped version of our popular Chicago Chef Battle, the Chicago Chef Battle R