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WGN Radio: Take a ride with Johnnie and Steve


Johnnie Putman and Steve King are taking you on a trip to sunny Panama City in Florida where they are broadcasting from WKGC in Panama City for the next few shows. On this show, we’re talking to some hometown superstars.


Our first guest is another household name for your weather! Ed Curran, meteorologist for CBS2 and longtime Chicago broadcaster reflects on the iconic moments in his incredible career, including right here on AM720, WGNTV and yes, The Al and/or Ed Show days. They also talk about National Donate Life Month and how lucky he was to have his sister help him with his kidney ordeal. You can see Ed at the Walk for Kidneys with the National Kidney Foundation [of Illinois] on June 9th.

Next, we’re going to the drive-in with Shelley and Paul Bottomley, the owners of Route 34 Drive In Theatre in Earlville, IL to be exact! Go behind the silver screen with them to kick off their 70th anniversary in business! The pandemic couldn’t shut them down and neither will a chilly weekend!


The late night drive closes with Tom Appel for your routine auto check up and this time we’re looking at the evolution of the dashboard as large tablet-like screens are becoming more common, Tom’s experience that was like a scene out of 1983’s Christine, road tests and more recalls, including some from Tesla, which may come as a shock to almost no one.


As always, shenanigans ensue so grab a snack, kick up your feet and roll the window down.


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