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Steve King and Johnnie Putman on 720 WGN Radio in Chicago.

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman on 720 WGN Radio in Chicago.

Steve and Johnnie share the surprising story behind Steve’s cult hit record, ‘Satan is Her Name’

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You know Steve King as a Chicago radio legend. But before he became a rock radio sensation, he recorded a spooky 60’s record titled ‘Satan is Her Name’. The dynamic duo Steve King and Johnnie Putman join John Landecker to share how the song came to be and its surprising popularity overseas.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3846680/3846680_2021-06-11-021820.64kmono.mp3

Jun 11 2021

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From the archives: Steve & Johnnie visit in-studio with Les Paul

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman talked many times over the years with guitar pioneer Les Paul, to the point that they literally wrote the book on the music legend. In honor of what would have been Les Paul’s 106th birthday this week, we go back 25 years and listen to an in-studio visit. Steve, Johnnie and Les discuss various topics including Paul’s childhood, service in the military, radio career, Harry Caray, and how he helped create The Chipmunks. (Note that this recording is from a 2009 replay of the interview and contains some commentary about the segments.)

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3846089/Les_Paul_1996_2021-06-09-162029.64kmono.mp3
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Jun 10 2021

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‘That ain’t bad for a country boy from the wrong log cabin’ – Remembering Dick Kay

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Dick Kay, longtime political reporter for Chicago’s NBC 5, died today at age 84. Kay was also an occasional contributor to WGN Radio, often appearing with Steve & Johnnie late on election nights offering his analysis of the results of the vote. Here are a couple of his appearances on WGN Radio:

With Steve & Johnnie as he retired after 38 years NBC 5, May 30, 2006:

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3837461/Dick_Kay_2021-05-13-181001.64kmono.mp3

As a guest on Andrea Darlas and the Reporters, October 21, 2019:

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3837463/Andrea_Darlas_Dick_Kay_2021-05-13-185703.64kmono.mp3

May 13 2021

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman on their late friend Charlie Daniels

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Musician Charlie Daniels was a great friend of Steve King and Johnnie Putman of WGN Radio. He passed away at the age of 83, and Steve and Johnnie join John Williams to talk about what made Charlie unique and loved, both as a musician and as a person.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3773351/Steve_King_and_Johnnie_Putman_on_their_late_friend_Charlie_Daniels_2020-07-07-185951.64kmono.mp3

Jul 07 2020

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From the archives: Steve and Johnnie visit with Charlie Daniels

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Country music legend Charlie Daniels has died of a stroke at age 83. We remember him by looking back at his July, 2002 visit with Steve and Johnnie.:

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3773144/Charlie_Daniels_2020-07-06-174944.64kmono.mp3

Click here to read Steve and Johnnie’s tribute to Charlie from their “Both Sides Now” blog.

  • Steve King and Johnnie Putman with Charlie Daniels (WGN Radio photo)
  • Steve King and Johnnie Putman with Charlie Daniels (WGN Radio photo)

And, as a bonus, here’s a photo of Charlie Daniels with Max Armstrong, the interview mentioned during the segment:

Charlie Daniels being interviewed by Max Armstrong in July, 2002. They were backstage at the DuPage County Fair, where Charlie explained to Max how he caught his hand in a posthole digger. The accident, 20 years earlier, could have ended his career. (WGN Radio photo)

Jul 06 2020

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Steve and Johnnie in for Matt Bubala Full Show 2-15-20: Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their first WGN appearance together!

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Steve and Johnnie are in for Matt Bubala bringing you all of the light-hearted fun you need!

To kick off the show Jim Peterik from the Ides of March joined Steve and Johnnie to talk about their new CD celebrating 55 years of amazing music. Then, WGN’s very own Roger Badesch calls in to talk about his book release in April and how to sign up  for an autographed copy. Next, Tom Appel of Consumer Guide talked about the final weekend of the Auto Show AND Steve and Johnnie celebrated their 35th anniversary of their FIRST radio show together on WGN!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3732669/3732669_2020-02-16-000609.64kmono.mp3

Feb 16 2020

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Steve and Johnnie’s 25th Anniversary Cheap Date Life After Dark New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

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It’s the 25th anniversary broadcast of Steve  & Johnnie’s “Cheap Date Life After Dark New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” and this show has some serious fireworks to kick off 2020! Ronnie Rice, The Empty Pockets and River Road Trio all join the celebration at midnight! Tune in to hear some amazing tunes from these performers. At 1 a.m., we chat with Matt Brassard, co-owner of M&M Entertainment and Productions in Prescott, AZ about the boot drop! Corky Siegel and Sidney Friedman join the New Year’s Eve party as well. At 2 a.m., we chat with Patrick Crispen for a scene countdown at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA. Throughout the evening; Tom Appel, Consumer Guide automotive’s publisher recaps some of the best and worst 2019 automotive news and gives us a preview for what we can expect in the new year.  Just before 4 a.m., the team checks in with Muriel Anderson and Bryan Allen from the Royal Lahaina Hotel in Maui, HI! Muriel gives us a taste of what things are like at Tommy Emmanuel’s Holiday Guitar Getaway! This show is surely one for the decade! The full podcast link is available here. To stay up to date with Steve and Johnnie, check out their website and social media links on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jan 02 2020

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Steve and Johnnie Full Show 12-30-19: The Voice finalist Katie Kadan joins the show and get your technology resolutions from Dr. Patrick Crispen.

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman are back on the WGN Radio airwaves with a fun jam packed show for you! First Monika Wiela, a former Chicagoan behind the organization givebackbox.com joins the show to talk about how she has more than 40 retailers supporting her and helping charities across the country. Later, Chicago’s very own Katie Kadan, joins the show to discuss her latest performance at the Carolina Panthers game and on ‘The Voice’. Later after 9:00 PM, Gino Salomone from Fox 6 TV in Milwaukee talks to Steve and Johnnie recaps the year of entertainment. Finally, Dr. Patrick Crispen talks about what your 2020 Tech Resolutions should be!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709406/3709406_2019-12-31-053506.64kmono.mp3

Dec 31 2019

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Monika Wiela shares how you can give to your favorite charity using only an Amazon box.

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Monika Wiela from givebackbox.com joins Steve and Johnnie to talk about her organization and how you can take part of it!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709400/3709400_2019-12-31-042300.64kmono.mp3

Dec 31 2019

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Steve and Johnnie recap a decade’s worth of entertainment with Gino Salomone

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman talk to entertainment reporter Gino Salomone. Including recapping some of the biggest movies such as ‘The Irishman’.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709398/3709398_2019-12-31-042438.64kmono.mp3

Dec 31 2019

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Katie Kadan shares how she went from a Chicago musician to Runner-Up on ‘The Voice’

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Katie Kadan joins Steve and Johnnie to discuss her journey, experience on ‘The Voice’, John Legend as a coach, and what is on her schedule for 2020.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3709390/3709390_2019-12-31-031530.64kmono.mp3

Dec 31 2019

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Steve and Johnnie Full Show 12.27.19 | Barry Butler, Guests of “The Dick Biondi Film,” Guitarist Joel Paterson and more…

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WGN Radio legends Steve King and Johnnie Putman fill in for Roe Conn with a show packed with laughs, memories and great guests!

After breaking the ice, photographer Barry Butler joins Steve and Johnnie in studio to talk about how he got into photography. Butler tells the stories behind some of the favorite photos that he has captured. You can view all of Butler’s beautiful shots on his website.

Then, Director Pamela Pulice and Director of Communications Joseph Farina talk about the new film “The Dick Biondi Film.” You can donate to the film on their website.

Guitarist Joel Paterson talks with Steve and Johnnie about his Christmas album, new Beatles album Let It Be Guitar!, and his latest tours. Paterson plays Merle Travis and The Beatles and reveals which living and dead guitarists he would love to pick with. You can keep up with Paterson at joelpaterson.com.

That and more on this special edition of Steve and Johnnie!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708882/3708882_2019-12-28-023522.128.mp3

Dec 28 2019

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The Fab Joel Paterson Plays The Fab Four

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Guitarist Joel Paterson talks with Steve and Johnnie about his Christmas album, new Beatles album Let It Be Guitar!, and his latest tours. Paterson plays Merle Travis and The Beatles and reveals which living and dead guitarists he would love to pick with. You can keep up with Paterson at joelpaterson.com.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708881/3708881_2019-12-28-015121.128.mp3

Dec 28 2019

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How a Hockey Injury Led Award Winning Chicago Photographer Barry Butler Behind the Camera

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Photographer Barry Butler joins Steve and Johnnie in studio to talk about how he got into photography. Butler tells the stories behind some of the favorite photos that he has captured. You can view all of Butler’s beautiful shots on his website.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708880/3708880_2019-12-28-012620.128.mp3

Dec 28 2019

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Special Guests of “The Dick Biondi Film” Join Steve and Johnnie

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Director Pamela Pulice and Director of Communications Joseph Farina join Steve King and Johnnie Putman in studio to talk about the new film “The Dick Biondi Film.” Listen to the full interview below and donate on their website.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3708879/3708879_2019-12-28-015619.128.mp3

Dec 28 2019

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Steve and Johnnie Full Show 11.29.19 | A Black Friday Extravaganza!

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman bring you six hours of nonstop laughter and entertainment. To kick off the show, Steve and Johnnie are joined with Mike Marschalk from Novak Construction to talk tips and tricks to putting up holiday lights this season. Then, world renown guitarist Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh come in-studio to preform some tunes LIVE for the listeners and to promote the 28th Annual Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Concert happening in Downers Grove, IL. Even though it wasn’t Saturday yet Steve and Johnnie wanted to take the time to give thanks and appreciate all of the small businesses out there by talking with Terry Straker the owner of Evanston Illinois’ Guitar Works.

On the latter half of the show, New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Lister joins in on the fun. Next, Josh Solomon and Erika Brett of The Empty Pockets come in-studio with Steve and Johnnie to play some songs off their newly released album as well as some new holiday tunes. To close out the show, the Director of Educational Technology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education Dr. Patrick Crispen gives Steve and Johnnie a call to talk hot tech gift ideas for this upcoming holiday season, avoiding amazon counterfeit items and the approaching end of Windows 7.

Part 1 and 2:

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700182/3700182_2019-11-30-102322.64kmono.mp3

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700184/3700184_2019-11-30-105324.64kmono.mp3

Nov 30 2019

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Michael Lister put out another book just in time for the holidays!

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Steve King and Johnnie Putman are joined with New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Lister. Michael is an American novelist of Florida-based mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and noirs. He has authored 32 mystery novels, most featuring his two best-known characters, prison chaplain John Jordan and 1940s noir detective Jimmy “Soldier” Riley. Listen in as Michael, Steve and Johnnie talk about the John Jordan novels, 6 books for only 10$, movies and much more!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700175/3700175_2019-11-30-091715.64kmono.mp3

Nov 30 2019

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The Empty Pockets talk latest tour, new music, love and MORE!

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Josh Solomon and Erika Brett of The Empty Pockets join Steve King and Johnnie Putman in-studio. The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie-Americana sound draws from timeless classic rock, folk and blues. An old-school sensibility featuring rich harmonies and skilled instrumentalists, Rolling Stone Magazine aptly dubbed the band a “polished yet rootsy Chicago outfit.”  Listen in as John and Erika play some songs off their newly released album as well as a new holiday tune that will surely get stuck in your head with it’s catchy chorus. To learn more about The Empty Pockets and upcoming tour dates go to theemptypockets.com.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700177/3700177_2019-11-30-093117.64kmono.mp3

Nov 30 2019

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World renown guitarist Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh are in the house!

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During Steve King and Johnnie Putman six hour Black Friday Extravaganza world renown guitarist Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh stopped by in-studio. Listen in as the amazingly talented guitarists preform several tunes live, talk about Muriel’s new cookbook and be sure not to miss the 28th Annual Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Concert happening in Downers Grove TONIGHT. Event information below:

When: Saturday November 30th, 8:00pm
Where: Downers Grove North High School Auditorium, 4436 N. Main Street, Downers Grove IL
Tickets: $22 adv/$25 door, $15/$17 students (through high school) and seniors (65+), available at Anderson’s Bookshops, Tobias Music or order here until 2pm the day of the show.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3700178/3700178_2019-11-30-090818.64kmono.mp3

Nov 30 2019

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Steve and Johnnie Labor Day Show 09/02/19!

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To kick off the show Steve and Johnnie are joined with Chris Smith, Chief Meteorologist at WJHG-TV down in Panama City Beach Florida, to get an update and some insight on  Hurricane Dorian. Then Steve and Johnnie paid their respects on air to their dear friend Fran Tate who recently passed away. Later Steve talked a little bit about CD that pays tribute to Dave Lloyd and played one of the many beautiful songs on the CD on air. If you liked what you heard and would love to have your own copy of the CD or you would like to help out the Lloyd family go to michaellister.com/dave-lloyd.

On the latter half of the show Director of Educational Technology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Patrick Crispen, calls in to talk about smart device data harvesting and how you can make changes to prevent as much of this as possible. To close out the show Steve and Johnnie talk with WGN’s very own Vic Vaughn about his musical journey A.K.A. “Vic’s Picks” and Nick Digilio about movies.

http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3674196/3674196_2019-09-03-082736.64kmono.mp3

Be sure to keep up with Steve & Johnnie at steveandjohnnie.com and follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/steveandjohnnieshow.

Pictured L-R: Steve King, Producer Ashley Bihun, and Johnnie Putman

Sep 03 2019

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Glad you are back

By this is my eight time stella - Feb 07 2020
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Good morning Glad to wake up listening to Steve. Hope to hear your voice some day Jonnie. Have a great weekend

Steve and Johnnie

By prgburg - Jan 21 2019
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It’s impossible not to love these two!