WBEZ | 91.5 FM http://www.wbez.org/tags/915-fm Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Collect them all! Pledge drive playing cards: Adriene Hill http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-pledge-drive-playing-cards-adriene-hill/6772 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-AHill.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6773" style="border: 1px solid black;" title="WBEZ_Baseball Card AHill" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-AHill.jpg" alt="WBEZ_Baseball Card AHill" width="361" height="503" /></a></p> Adriene Hill,<strong> Reporter</strong> Bat <strong>R</strong>/Throws <strong>R</strong> College: <strong>Amherst</strong> Seasons: <strong>6</strong> Desert Island Public Radio Program: <strong>RadioLab</strong> Favorite pledge drive pitch phrase: "<strong>We only need ___ more calls</strong>." Prior to joining Chicago Public Radio, Adriene worked at the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and as a research assistant for the American Bar Foundation. Adriene runs Sam Hudzik's fantasy football team. Since taking over, she's 3-0.</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-pledge-drive-playing-cards-adriene-hill/6772 Collect them all! Pledge drive playing cards: Natalie Moore http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-pledge-drive-playing-cards-natalie-moore/6761 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-NMoore.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6762" title="WBEZ_Baseball Card NMoore" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-NMoore.jpg" alt="WBEZ_Baseball Card NMoore" width="332" height="457" /></a></p> Natalie Moore, <strong>Reporter</strong> Throws <strong>R</strong>, Bats <strong>R</strong> College: <strong>Howard University</strong> Season: <strong>2 1/2</strong> Desert Island Public Radio Program: <strong>Eight Forty-Eight</strong> Favorite pledge drive pitch phrase: "<strong>Become a member of the public radio community</strong>." <span id="ctl00_content1_lblBio">Prior to joining the Chicago Public Radio staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the <em>Detroit News</em>. She has also been an education reporter for the <em>St. Paul Pioneer Press</em> and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. </span> <span>She is a piano player and her favorite line from her Englewood farmers market story was "I'm just tryin' to buy some beets!" </span></p> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-pledge-drive-playing-cards-natalie-moore/6761 Collect them all! WBEZ pledge drive playing cards: Andrew Arganbright http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-wbez-pledge-drive-playing-cards-andrew-arganbright/6664 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-AArganbright.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6665" title="WBEZ_Baseball Card AArganbright" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-AArganbright.jpg" alt="WBEZ_Baseball Card AArganbright" width="378" height="529" /></a> <strong>Andrew Arganbright</strong> - Director of Individual Giving Bats <strong>R</strong>/Throws <strong>R</strong> College: <strong>Creighton</strong> Seasons: <strong>7</strong> Desert Island Public Radio Show: <strong>On the Media</strong> Favorite Pledge Drive Pitch: "<strong>Don't leave money on the table</strong>." Andrew grew up in Iowa working on a farm. He came to us via Minnesota Public Radio. Andrew has added several new wrinkles to the WBEZ pledge drive, including the "High Fidelity" plan. Andrew knows how to properly kill a chicken. *Andrew never plays softball.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2009 09:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-wbez-pledge-drive-playing-cards-andrew-arganbright/6664 Collect them all: WBEZ pledge drive playing cards: Jerome McDonnell http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-wbez-pledge-drive-playing-cards-jerome-mcdonnell/6618 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-JMcDonnell.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6620" title="WBEZ_Baseball Card JMcDonnell" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-JMcDonnell.jpg" alt="WBEZ_Baseball Card JMcDonnell" width="378" height="529" /></a> Jerome McDonnell - Host, Worldview Bats <strong>R</strong>/Throws <strong>R</strong> College: <strong>Northern Illinois University</strong> Seasons: <strong>26 (no joke)</strong> Desert Island Public Radio Show: <strong>Worldview</strong> Favorite pledge drive pitch: "<strong>Make yourself known to this public radio station.</strong>" Jerome joined the staff of Chicago Public Radio in 1984 as an intern, later becoming a producer for the former programs Inside Business, and Midday with Sondra Gair -- an international news analysis show. He has been a producer of Weekend Edition Saturday and also served as executive director of talk programming. Jerome has a Peter Lisagor award and has been awarded by the Illinois Broadcasters' Association for "Best Public Affairs Program in a Series." *Jerome also has a bike he leaves locked up outside the Metra station, for daily commutes. He has several bikes at home, ready to replace when the Metra station bike is stolen or damaged.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2009 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-wbez-pledge-drive-playing-cards-jerome-mcdonnell/6618 Video: WBEZ pledge-drive pre-game (who is the best on-air pitcher?) http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/video-wbez-pledge-drive-pre-game-who-is-the-best-on-air-pitcher/6569 <p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/pledgeportal.aspx">Chicago Public Radio fall membership drive</a> is underway. It's sort of like when the NFL season kicks off, but without Bon Jovi and Faith Hill and fireworks and game night parties. Well, maybe there are pledge drive parties. We caught up with our membership leader Andrew Arganbright to ask him about what he expects and to talk about the squad he has in place for this year's pitching. So Andrew, who's your ace at Chicago Public Radio? <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="500" height="375" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6952600&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="375" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6952600&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 16:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/video-wbez-pledge-drive-pre-game-who-is-the-best-on-air-pitcher/6569 Collect them all: Chicago Public Radio pledge drive playing cards. First? Steve Edwards http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-chicago-public-radio-pledge-drive-playing-cards-first-steve-edwards/6559 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-SEdwards.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6560" title="WBEZ_Baseball Card SEdwards" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/WBEZ_Baseball-Card-SEdwards.jpg" alt="WBEZ_Baseball Card SEdwards" width="378" height="529" /></a> Steve Edwards, Program Director Bats <strong>R</strong>/Throws <strong>R</strong> College: <strong>Amherst, MA</strong> Seasons: <strong>10</strong> Desert Island Public Radio show: <strong>Calling all Pets</strong> Favorite pledge drive pitch: ".<strong>..plus we'll throw in a member card.</strong>" Notes:‚  <span id="ctl00_content1_lblBio">Edwards' reports and interviews have been honored by the RTNDA, the Chicago Headline Club, the Illinois Associated Press, UPI, the Public Radio News Directors, Inc (PRNDI), and the Chicago Bar Association. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize Award from the National Headliner Club and a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace fellowship for mid-career journalists at the University of Michigan. </span> <span>*Edwards usually plays CF/SS during WBEZ softball. </span> <span> </span></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/10/collect-them-all-chicago-public-radio-pledge-drive-playing-cards-first-steve-edwards/6559 Best Bets of the Fall Membership Drive http://www.wbez.org/agill/2009/10/best-bets-of-the-fall-membership-drive/6537 <p>One of the fall's most significant cultural events kicks off tomorrow: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/pledgeportal.aspx">The Chicago Public Radio Fall Membership Drive</a>. Though many are in denial over how much they enjoy listening to it, the pledge drive is unparalleled in it's variety of entertainment offerings. From the iconic freeloader call-outs of Ira Glass, to the unfounded promises of superpowers to new members of Jerome McDonnell, the Fall Membership Drive is a feast for the discerning radio listener. The problem listeners face is not knowing when they can hear their favorite pitchers. To help with this problem, here's our guide to best bets during the drive. <ul> <li>October 8 6am-9am: Wendy Turner pitching with Torey Malatia to kick off‚  is a classic combination. You can count on Wendy to be upbeat and optimistic (though occassionally Pollyanna-ish) and Torey to play great movie scores as background music.</li> <li>October 9 6:30pm-7pm: Kai Ryssdal joins Tony Sarabia and Wendy Turner for the Marketplace host's first ever shift as a WBEZ pitcher. Who will sound hipper- Tony or Kai?</li> <li>October 13 6am-9am: Possibly the most effective Membership drive pitcher in the world, Ira Glass steps up next Tuesday. What game-changing approach will he bring to the table this time, and more importantly, what free stuff will he give new members?</li> </ul> Find the full schedule <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/pitchschedule.jpg" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2009 15:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2009/10/best-bets-of-the-fall-membership-drive/6537 And the Winner of the Chicago Public Radio chef challenge is... http://www.wbez.org/donhall/2009/09/and-the-winner-is/6263 <p><strong>One down, nine to go.</strong> Saturday night was the first of ten live events produced under the <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Events.aspx?categoryID=5">Chicago Public Radio Presents</a>...Series tent and it was a grand slam, baby! The day started around 3:00PM, when I arrived at the super kitschy <a href="http://www.catalystranch.com/">Catalyst Ranch</a> and met Executive Chef Jared Van Camp from <strong>Old Town Social</strong> as he set up and prepped his dish: bacon-filled waffles and a Matilda-beer sausage.‚  Michelle from <strong>Goose Island </strong>had arrived and set up the bar and the other chefs were on their way. <!--break--> By the time 6:00PM arrived, the Polka Room at Catalyst smelled absolutely delicious with Executive Chef Ben Sheagren's rabbit stew and Executive Chef Jill Barron's vegetarian chili with beer batter corn cakes joined the waffles and sausage.‚  Vocalo.org showed up as did my corps of trusty WBEZ volunteers (including Josh Rosenbluh whom you may remember as the tech guy <a href="/?p=4146">who saved last year's June event</a>) and our WBEZ staff.‚  The doors opened and the capacity crowd began to filter in. By 6:30PM, things were hoppin'.‚  Breeze's husband, Kelsey, engineered a 3 hour and 40-minute iPod playlist for the night and the line for beer was long.‚  Goose Island was passing out samples of <em>Pere Jacques</em> and <em>Sofie</em> as well as the evening's common cooking ingredient, the delicious <strong><em>Matilda.</em></strong> Jimmy Carrane came in and instantly read the room as ripe for his "Chef Battle Chicago Politics" schtick and Breeze was registering passports like a madwoman. Once things were underway, I took my opportunity to sample the food.‚  First was Jill's chili.‚  I like my hot peppers a lot and her chili was spicy, with just enough heat, and delicious.‚  The corncake was excellent and you could really taste the beer in both parts of the dish without it overwhelming the rest of the ingredients.‚  Next was Ben's ridiculously tasty rabbit stew.‚  Savory and rich, the stew was kind of amazing - never had rabbit stew before - my only reference being the Bugs Bunny short about the king who wanted Hossenfeffer - but I hope this goes on Ben's Hopleaf menu because it was dangerously good. Finally, the dessert of the night (or breakfast depending on your perspective) - Van Camp's Sausage and Waffle.‚  The sausage was spectacular - perfect texture, just enough beer flavor to make it pop and the waffle with bacon and syrup was heaven.‚  Heaven, I say!!</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/donhall/2009/09/and-the-winner-is/6263 This just in: Sound Ops offers up second screening of &quot;Stop Making Sense&quot; http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/09/this-just-in-sound-ops-offers-up-second-screening-of-stop-making-sense-2/8101 <p>I don't usually do two Sound Opinions posts in one day, but we're talking about <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1396366788?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=10981&amp;store_id=5821" target="_blank">Stop Making Sense</a> breaking news!‚  I just got this note from Todd Bachmann (Sound Ops Exec Producer): <blockquote>We've decided to offer a second screening of Stop Making Sense on<strong> Thursday, October 1st</strong> at 10pm. We had a significant outcry of folks who wanted to see this film but didn't make it in time to buy tickets to the first screening. Can't squash the momentum can we. <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1693487057?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp; product_id=10981&amp;store_id=5821" target="_blank">Here's the link to buy tickets</a>. Also, anyone who shows up in a big white suit ala David Byrne has a chance to win an Altec Lansing speaker system.</blockquote> <img class="alignnone" src="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/images/content/pagebuilder/23104.jpg" alt="" width="576" height="213" /> NICE! I wear white suits every day. I'm takin' home a speaker system!</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/09/this-just-in-sound-ops-offers-up-second-screening-of-stop-making-sense-2/8101 Pitch Shift: Jerome McDonnell sounds like a hipster http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/09/pitch-shift-jerome-mcdonnell-sounds-like-a-hipster/6221 <p>If you were tuning in yesterday to our show <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/worldview">Worldview</a></em>, you may have noticed a young hipster version of Jerome McDonnell hosting the show. But alas, it wasn't. It was an accidental pitch shift for the pre-recorded interview. Hey, it happens. Especially with keyboard shortcuts, deadlines and emerging technologies. See, this is the beauty of working at a radio station. It has been corrected on-line, but I have access to the original! Here's an awesome sampling of a more Ira Glass-ish Jerome interviewing guests about Jerusalem: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/jerome-final.mp3">jerome-final</a></p> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 13:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2009/09/pitch-shift-jerome-mcdonnell-sounds-like-a-hipster/6221