Talk back to ChicagoNow on WGN Radio 720

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Mare Swallow of Etiquette Bitch talks with host Bill Leff during ChicagoNow Radio’s inaugural show.

Last week was the launch of ChicagoNow Radio, our radio show that airs Saturday mornings on WGN Radio 720.

It was a shorter show but a great one. Joe the Cop, Jay Cutler Superstar, Etiquette Bitch, and the CTA Tattler joined host Bill Leff to talk about Halloween costumers gone wrong, Cutler’s bad week, speakerphone etiquette and rumored CTA fare hikes. Podcasts and a photo gallery of the show are posted on the ChicagoNow Radio blog.

This week’s show will run the full four hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Confirmed guests include Off the Markley, Pretty Cheap, An Improvised Blog, Feast of Fun, Chicagosphere, Candid Candace and Come Dance with Fabrice Calmels.

We hope you’ll tune in, either on your radio at 720 AM or to WGN’s online audio stream.

We don’t want ChicagoNow Radio to be a traditional interview show a la NPR. We want it to be funny, provocative and–most importantly–engaging. That’s why we don’t want you to just listen. We want you to talk back.

Here’s 3 ways you can do that.

Tweet us at @chicagonowradio. During the show, tell us what you
think of guests’ comments. Disagree with Steve Markey about making marijuana legal? Think that Mike Doyle is all wrong about Oak Park’s
“phallic” logo?

Ask us questions, too. Maybe you want to find ask Pretty Cheap about Chicago’s best cheap manicure or hear from Candace Jordan about the recent reunion at the Playboy Mansion.

We’ll be using @chicagonowradio, so please tweet us and our guests there during the show.

At the top of every hour, I will call out the best comments and questions from Twitter on air. I promise not to be as hokey as those “Internet reporters” on Wolf Blitzer.

Comment on our guests’ blogs. On air, Bill will talk with the bloggers about their recent posts. If you’re near a computer, log on to their blogs and comment away. We may not get to your comments on air, but it’s a good way to keep the conversation going after the show.

Call into WGN 720 AM. It may be old school, but it’s the surest way to get on the air and talk directly with our guests. Throughout the show, Bill and our bloggers will take calls Call the station directly 312-591-7200.

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