See us at the Boat Show

See us at the Boat Show

Today is opening day for the Boat Show...  The Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show will be doing a live broadcast at the 2013 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show tonight, Wednesday,  January 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Hosts Jim DaRosa and I will have informative interviews with Show Manager Keith Ogulnick, and representatives from the Boating and RV industry.  Stop by our broadcast booth by the main entrance and say hello.  While supplies last we'll be giving away some Radio Show T-Shirts and Cubby Mini Mite Lures.

The Fishing and Outdoor Radio show airs on  WCSJ AM 1550, WCSJ FM 103.1, WSPY FM 107.1, WSPY AM 1480, WSQR FM 93.5 and WSQR AM 1180.  Tune us in next Wednesday night and start listening now on any of these six stations for a chance to win FREE tickets to the Boat Show.

The 2013 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show docks at McCormick Place January 9-13, bringing the outdoors indoors with the best deals on hundreds of boats and RVs and something for all ages, igniting attendees senses with the sights, sounds and promises of outdoor fun. Start dreaming of warm summer days on Lake Michigan relaxing at the new Lighthouse and Harbor Experience, take a plunge at the World of Scuba, enjoy the fun and fitness benefits of paddle sports on an indoor mini-lake, and more.

Looking for ways to beat cabin fever this January? Here are the top reasons to attend the 2013 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show:

Enjoy the Boating Lifestyle Indoors – virtual exhibit brings visitors to the shores. The new Lighthouse and Harbor Experience, a large, life-like harbor, comes complete with low lake fog, a functional lighthouse, docks, and lifts, plus a variety of boats for sale at the show. Visitors can relax at the Harbor’s patio area, grab something to eat, and enjoy live nautical music entertainment.

Clean a Toilet with Coca-Cola? Yep, that’s right. Joey Green, the guru of weird uses for brand-name products and bestselling author of more than 50 books will be giving Wacky RV, Boating, & Camping Demonstrations that range from starting a campfire with Doritos to cleaning a barbeque with Reynolds Wrap.  Don’t miss a rare opportunity to meet a man who got Barbara Walters to put a wet Pampers diaper on her head and Jay Leno to shave with peanut butter!

Outdoor Fun for Kids. What other winter destination let kids catch a fish, learn to scuba dive and see a 40 ft. racing boat? Whether casting a line at the Huck Finn Trout Pond, taking a plunge at The World of Scuba or getting up close and personal with Miss GEICO, one of the world’s fastest racing boats weighing in at 10,000 pounds –kids won’t leave the show without a smile!

What’s SUP? The new PaddleFest – a must for paddle sports enthusiasts and those interested in trying out one of the hottest fitness trends. Paddlefest showcases the newest paddling products including Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and kayaks, plus an array of daily seminars and on-water demos including topics from SUP yoga to adventure travel hotspots. Plus, visitors can put their SUP and kayaking skills to the test on the Paddlefest pond. Click here for more information and seminar times (presented by Paddle and Trail and Rapid Media).

Be Like "Tim The Tool Man" Taylor. Don’t miss Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a nautical twist on “Tool Time!” Boat lovers can sharpen skills with an array of DIY Seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades.

Discover Boating, Indoors. The Welcome to the Water Center offers unbiased, interactive seminars for beginners to more advanced captains. Show goers can also learn what it’s like to be at the helm in a variety of weather conditions in the Nautis Boating Simulator from the Annapolis School of Seamanship. The Center also features a variety of boats for under $250 per month.

Cruise back in time – an exclusive look at nation’s historic boats. Get a rare up-close look at decades of wooden boat building – from design to the construction process to fully finished vessels. This historic look at boat building will display Gage- Hacker boats from Lake Geneva, known for their smooth ride, stylish lines and exceptional craftsmanship.  Click here to see Bill Gage of Gage Marine on Discovery Channel’s American Craftsman to get an inside look at the wooden boat building process.

For more information and feature highlights visit,

Wednesday through Sunday, January 9-13, 2013
Wednesday, January 9:    2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 10:    11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, January 11:         11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 12:     10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 13:       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

McCormick Place – North Building
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

$12 – Adults (16 years & older)
FREE – Children (15 years & under)

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