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Jason Marck

Jason Marck

Morning Shift Producer

Jason produces segments and pieces together all the elements to execute The Morning Shift program. He is also the regular fill-in host when Tony Sarabia’s away.

Jason spent five years on the air and helping to run his college station KJHK at the University of Kansas. After that he spent seven years as a DJ and production director at KLZR, one of the earliest and most influential commercial Alternative stations in the country. From there it was on to Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles, producing and directing The Tony Bruno Show which aired on over 150 stations coast-to-coast.

In 2004, he was finally back home in Chicago and working for WBEZ. Jason has earned multiple awards for writing and production from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, several awards for work here at WBEZ from the Chicago Headline Club, and a James Beard Foundation award.

He has a wife and two young sons, is an avid photographer, drummer, lover of the Chicago Cubs, and a (tie)dyed-in-the-wool Deadhead.

Recent Stories

Morning Shift

Documentary Film Looks At Englewood's Fight Against A Multi-Billion Dollar Company

The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen "The Area" through Sept. 27.

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Artists And Alderman Band Together To Promote Street Art

Chicago sanitation crews painted over four high-profile murals in the past year. Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd, has offered a possible solution.

Morning Shift

Artist Maria Gaspar Turns The Cook County Jail Into Art

In 2012, artist and Chicago native Maria Gaspar began the 96 Acres Project. 96 acres is the space Cook County Jail takes up on the city’s west side. The ongoing project engages the community to talk and think about the impact of this massive incarceration space in their Little Village neighborhood. This weekend Gaspar adds yet another dimension to 96 Acres with Radioactive: Stories from Beyond The Wall, a multimedia event featuring narratives and art from former and current inmates.

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WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: September 7, 2018

When the week got started, it seemed like the biggest story—hands-down—would be testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary committee. But at least locally, a bombshell announcement Tuesday morning, quickly upended that narrative. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a brief but emotional press conference announcing to that he will not seek a third term in office. So, what does his surprise decision mean for the City of Chicago during the rest of his time in office? For HIS legacy? And for the mayor’s race, where 12 candidates had lined up the challenge him? Morning Shift’s Friday News Roundup dives into those questions, and a couple of related stories, including the start of the trial of Jason Van Dyke, and a new development on the consent decree that will soon govern the Chicago Police Department. 

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Bears Linebacker Sam Acho Opens Up About #TakingAKnee, Faith, And More

Bears LB Sam Acho talks about his quest to make Chicago and the world a better place

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Protesters, Police, And Politicians. Chicago’s Infamous Democratic National Convention Turns 50

In 1968, presidential delegates, anti-war protesters, and journalists converged on Chicago for an event that came to represent the country's turmoil.

Curious City

A Guide To Historic Synagogues, By The Dean Of Jewish Chicago

The 95-year-old Dr. Irving Cutler offers you his colorful take on seven Jewish neighborhoods.

Morning Shift

Authorities, Neighbors Can’t Distinguish Between Abused and Independent Kids

A Wilmette mom recently had police show up at her door and underwent an investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after an anonymous caller spotted her 8-year-old walking the family dog down the block on her own.

Morning Shift Podcast

Too Many Ubers? Chicago Could Cap The Number Of Rideshare Vehicles

From 2015 to 2018, the number of vehicles in Chicago providing 4 or more trips per month jumped from around 15,000 to around 65,000. They provide convenience for commuters, a source of revenue for drivers, and often operate in neighborhoods where cabs don’t. But that’s a lot of additional cars on Chicago’s already-congested roads. Chicago Tribune’s Mary Wisniewski talks about the give-and-take of ridesharing, and  the alderman who are proposing caps on rideshare vehicles.

Morning Shift

Too Many Ubers? Chicago Could Cap The Number Of Rideshare Vehicles

From 2015 to 2018, the number of vehicles in Chicago providing 4 or more trips per month jumped from around 15,000 to around 65,000. They provide convenience for commuters, a source of revenue for drivers, and often operate in neighborhoods where cabs don’t. But that’s a lot of additional cars on Chicago’s already-congested roads. Chicago Tribune’s Mary Wisniewski talks about the give-and-take of ridesharing, and  the alderman who are proposing caps on rideshare vehicles.

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Morning Shift Teams Up With WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show On Traffic Safety

One year into Chicago’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety program, the results are a mixed bag.

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Former Backup Singer Remembers The Queen Of Soul: 'I Wanted To Be Aretha Franklin'

Joan Collaso sang backup vocals for Aretha Franklin in 2016.

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Digging Into Aretha Franklin’s Detroit Gospel Roots

Soul diva Aretha Franklin came up in the gospel tradition of 1950s Detroit.

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Chicago Musicians Remember Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin

Morning Shift honors soul icon Aretha Franklin with a special two-hour tribute celebrating her life, music and legacy.

Morning Shift Podcast

WBEZ Remembers Aretha Franklin, Queen Of Soul Dead At 76

The iconic singer known as the Queen of Soul passed away at 76. Morning Shift talks with Ayana Contreras, host of Reclaimed Soul on WBEZ’s sister station Vocalo, to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Morning Shift

WBEZ Remembers Aretha Franklin, Queen Of Soul Dead At 76

Aretha Franklin passed died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The iconic singer known as the Queen of Soul was 76. Franklin was one of the most enduring and respected voices in American music. Her hits like “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools” inspired generations of fans. Morning Shift talks with Ayana Contreras, Sound Opinions producer and host of Reclaimed Soul on WBEZ’s sister station Vocalo Joining me now to pay tribute to the soul singer is Sound Opinions producer and Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras.  

Morning Shift Podcast

Mama Fresh Connects Chicago Moms With Events And Support With Focus On Diversity

Jenny LeFlore talks about how her creation, Mama Fresh, is connecting moms by creating a community that values diversity of all kinds, including diverse options for exploring Chicago with your child.

Morning Shift

Mama Fresh Connects Chicago Moms With Events And Support With Focus On Diversity

Jenny LeFlore talks about how her creation, Mama Fresh, is connecting moms by creating a community that values diversity of all kinds, including diverse options for exploring Chicago with your child.

Morning Shift

Chicago Pizza Museum Spurs Heated Rivalries

The U.S. Pizza Museum is now open for visitors.

Morning Shift

Chicago Teens Climb Billboard Charts With Newest Mariachi Album

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico brings the mariachi music to the Billboard charts while staying true to their roots.

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