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Prgburg

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Brian is great and cracks me up!

Your next morning show

By FamilyGTZ - Sep 13 2011
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His comedy and knowledge of current events ate second to none.

iTunes Ratings

28 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
4
1
1
1

Prgburg

By prgburg - Feb 10 2019
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Brian is great and cracks me up!

Your next morning show

By FamilyGTZ - Sep 13 2011
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His comedy and knowledge of current events ate second to none.

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WGN - The Brian Noonan Podcast

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The Brian Noonan Podcast from The Voice of Chicago, 720 WGN

Rank #1: Brian Noonan 12.2.18 | The Santaland Diaries, Happy’s Pop-Up Bar and Sean Hayes

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Brian Noonan steps in for Dean Richards’ this Sunday morning with all your favorite weekend features. Prolific theater director and producer Steve Scott stops by the studio to talk about the Goodman Theatre’s production of The Santaland Diaries. Steve talks about the raunchy comedy adapted from David Sedaris’ classic essay and his long tenure with the Goodman. Michael Mason from the Chicago Athletic Club gets us in the holiday mood with Happy’s pop-up bar. The festive installation features delicious holiday themed […]

Dec 02 2018

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Rank #2: Brian Noonan Show 9/1/19: Movies of Summer, Kevin Kaufmann, Arcade Game and more..

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Brian Noonan in for Nick Digilio. On the show this morning: Movie critic Blake Stubbs joins Brian in-studio at 1:15 am to discuss all of the summer movie selections.  We also get his trusted recommendations on movies across that board. Hour number two has the History of United States podcast host, Kevin Kaufmann in-studio to chat about the history of labor day.  Dr. Kaufmann goes in-depth in history-defining moments and shares his expertise in the US. We then bring back […]

Sep 02 2019

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Rank #3: Brian Noonan Show 1/20/19: CES recap, modern dating tips, and Hodie Snitch live in-studio

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Brian gets a recap from Cody on the latest in consumer electronics and AI at CES 2019. Plus: modern dating tips from Smart Dating Academy founder Bela Gandhi, live music from Hodie Snitch, and more! To kick off the show, Brian gives an update on the partial government shutdown, which somehow becomes a conversation about Cody Gough, his producer, traveling with a machete whenever he flies anywhere new (he doesn’t). It’s a hilarious off-the-cuff way to kick off a full show! […]

Jan 21 2019

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Rank #4: Brian Noonan | The Christmas Eve Delight

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“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” But Brian Noonan was there to entertain  you on  this special Christmas Eve Delight. WGN News producer Ryan Burrow (@newsburrow) stops on air briefly to talk about the last minute holiday shopping and the final blockbuster deals! From ABC News, Stephanie Ramos (@sramosABC) joins Brian to talk about the Government shutdown and what to expect as President Trump is expected to address […]

Dec 25 2018

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Rank #5: Brian Noonan and Cody Gough 3/10/19: New Orleans and Tampa adventures (web-exclusive podcast)

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Brian and Cody cover recent news stories, from the Jussie Smollett indictment to white privilege in the Paul Manafort case. Plus: Brian recaps his recent relaxing trips to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and Tampa, Florida, to get some sun. To kick off this web-exclusive podcast, Cody explains why Brian keeps opening shows by talking about scheduling, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the weird world of baseball programming and sports pre-emptions. Then, Brian brings up the Jussie Smollett case, and […]

Mar 11 2019

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Rank #6: Brian Noonan 12.26.18 | Holiday shopping, Christmas box office and songwriter Franke Previte

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Brian Noonan continues his run on the afternoon drive with another packed show. WGN Radio’s very own Ryan Burrow talks holiday sales as the markets took a big boost from a low on Christmas Eve. ABC News correspondent Andy Field looks at the biggest stories of the day, including President Trump’s visit to troops for Christmas. “Blockbuster” Blake Stubbs sums up the holiday box office and chimes in on new releases “Aquaman” and “Bumblebee”. And Academy award-winning songwriter Franke Previte […]

Dec 27 2018

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Rank #7: Brian Noonan Show 2/17/19: “Silence,” Dear Evan Hansen, sports memorabilia, and At the Breweries

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Brian talks to Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge about finding true silence and sports memorabilia appraise Michael Osacky talks sports memorabilia. Plus: a Bow Tie Theatre Review of Dear Evan Hansen, and beer reviews on “At the Breweries.” Brian kicks off the show by talking to Cody Gough, his producer, about a recent science conference he attended, and why it’s hard to talk about science with the public. The crew also talk about their Valentine’s Day activities last week. Norwegian explorer […]

Feb 18 2019

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Rank #8: Brian Noonan 12/9/18 | The Play That Goes Wrong, Morton’s The Steakhouse Holiday Specials and more

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Brian Noonan returns for another Sunday show with big guests and big fun all morning long! Anglea Grovey from the hilarious production The Play That Goes Wrong stops by in-studio to talk about the show’s final week in Chicago, the appeal of slapstick comedy and why this is a show you and your family won’t want to miss. Patrick Hoyle, general manager of Morton’s The Steakhouse stops by with chef Ernie Jr. to rundown their delicious holiday specials including the succulent Côte […]

Dec 10 2018

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Rank #9: Brian Noonan Show 6/2/19: 8th grade “promotions,” the OK sign, and Hamilton: The Exhibition

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Brian discusses and debates graduation or “promotion” ceremonies in grade school and in middle school and the power of the OK hand sign. Rep. Ann Williams also checks in with an update on the latest in Illinois politics, and Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis about Hamilton: The Exhibition. Brian opens the show by discussing 5th and 8th grade “promotions,” or graduations, and why some people are taking these milestones a little too seriously. Cody Gough, his producer, explains why […]

Jun 03 2019

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Rank #10: Brian Noonan Show 6/9/19: Chicago Michelada Fest and Ribfest Chicago in-studio

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Summer is finally here, and that means festivals! Brian welcomes guests in-studio to discuss Chicago Michelada Fest 2019, then welcomes even more guests to talk Ribfest! Plus: how to get rid of mosquitoes with Skrillex (yes, you read that right). Brian opens the show by explaining how Skrillex can help you get rid of mosquitoes. Seriously — it’s science! Then, Grass Root Events Director of Operations Fernando Nieto and Javier Garcia from Big Mich join Brian in-studio to discuss Chicago […]

Jun 10 2019

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Rank #11: Brian Noonan, Cody Gough, and Roger Badesch reunite with Christopher Michael (web-exclusive podcast)

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Brian Noonan, Cody Gough, and Roger Badesch reunite with their former overnight colleague, award-winning newscaster Christopher Michael. To kick off this web-exclusive podcast, Roger and Christopher reminisce about how they first met around 40 years ago. They talk about their past roles, including their interactions with Brian, and discuss what it was like working on different teams and in different time slots. The crew also talks about news standards in broadcasting, the growing role of podcasts, how being a journalist […]

Mar 17 2019

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Rank #12: Brian Noonan Show 4/14/19: “How Change Happens” and Star Wars Celebration Chicago

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Brian discusses changes to the new ‘Home Alone’  law in Illinois, then interviews Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein about his new book about how social change happens. Plus: The Cantina Cast crew takes a break from Star Wars Celebration Chicago to join Brian in-studio to discuss the Episode IX trailer and recap the festivities from the local fan gathering. Brian opens the show by talking about Illinois House’s decision to lower the age at which children could be left home without […]

Apr 15 2019

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Rank #13: Brian Noonan Show 7/28/19: New trends and young scientist innovations

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In this jam-packed episode, Brian talks about unexpected encounters with strangers and some changing trends among high schoolers. He also talks to Emilia Dobek, Illinois’ 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winner, about the scientific innovations she’s come up with — as a middle schooler! Brian opens the show by talking about an encounter with a toddler in a craft store, which left him feeling uneasy about how strangers see you. Are you ever surprised by how people perceive you […]

Jul 29 2019

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Rank #14: Brian Noonan Show 5/19/19: Chicago millennial attitudes and “At the Breweries”

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Brian welcomes a special guest to discuss millennial attitudes about Chicago and what they mean, just as Lori Lightfoot prepares to take office. He also talks Avengers: Endgame and presents another edition of the monthly beer segment “At the Breweries.” Brian kicks off the show by talking about Avengers: Endgame. He just saw the film and wonders if 3 weeks is long enough to discuss the film without revealing any spoilers. Cody Gough, Brian’s producer, debates the issue, and plenty […]

May 20 2019

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Rank #15: Health education with Purple Asparagus CEO Melissa Graham

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Brian Noonan chats with Founding CEO of Purple Asparagus Melissa Graham about the organization and its mission. Purple Asparagus is a non-profit dedicated to educating children, families, and the community on eating what’s good for both our bodies and the environment. Want to know more about Purple Asparagus? Visit them at PurpleAsparagus.com or comment with them on Twitter! @purpleaspchi

Apr 29 2019

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Rank #16: Brian Noonan in for Nick D (11/19/18): Steve Dale, Filet O’ Fish, the future of homework and more…

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Brian Noonan is in for Nick Digilio: WGN Radio pet expert Steve Dale has some tips to keep your pets in good shape with plenty of Thanksgiving food and hidden dangers around this week; Brian is into theatre now and offers a review a new production of ‘Miss Saigon’; the Bears are now 7-3 and atop the NFC North and we try to figure out why it’s so hard for some of us to just enjoy the ride.  Also, we […]

Nov 19 2018

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Rank #17: Brian Noonan Show 7/7/19: Irish Fest, Goombay Bash, and fireworks in Chicago

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Brian welcomes guests to discuss the upcoming Irish American Heritage Festival and Goombay Bash events. Plus: what to do with fireworks in Chicago! Brian kicks off the show by talking about the beautiful weather in Chicago this weekend and how he’s adjusting to the Chicago bag tax now that he’s a resident of the city proper. His producer Cody also talks about his adventures at the Chicago Michelada Festival in Pilsen over the weekend and recommending that everyone pick up […]

Jul 08 2019

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Rank #18: Brian Noonan Show 8/25/19: Green Tie Ball, annoying slang, and “At the Breweries”

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Brian talks summer in Chicago and when slang gets to be too much to handle. Plus: learn about the Green Tie Ball and join beer experts who educate and entertain in another edition of “At the Breweries.” Brian opens the show by talking about summer in Chicago and some of the best ways to spend time outside when the weather is nice. He and his producer, Cody Gough, discuss the arboretums they visited over the weekend, and tried to figure […]

Aug 26 2019

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Rank #19: Aleman Brewing Company “American renditions of traditional beer styles” with Brian Noonan

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American renditions of traditional beer styles, putting its definitive stamp on each beer through effective use of complementary adjunct flavors (Wheat Ale with Fresh Lemonthyme, Brown Ale with Salted Caramel, etc.) is what   Aleman Brewing Company stands by. Joining Brian is Owner of Aleman Brewing Brad Zeller. The company is a living, breathing Voltron of strengths, opinions, and experiences. Aleman Brewing is governed by the urban hustle and corn-fed integrity of our sweet home, Chicago. From hand-carved wooden tap handles […]

May 27 2019

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Rank #20: Brian Noonan Show 3/17/19: St. Patrick’s Day festivities and “A Bronx Tale” review

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Brian and the crew banter about their St. Patrick’s Day antics, Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of Broadway in Chicago’s production of A Bronx Tale, and newsman Roger Badesch does another edition of Old Man Music History. Brian kicks off the show by discussing his adventures wearing the color green and having a green beard for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, including a few hilarious encounters with very curious people. Then, Brian gives a “Bow Tie Theatre Review” of […]

Mar 18 2019

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