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John Howell has been a daily presence on Chicago radio for 30 years. Arriving in 1988 to host mornings at WCKG, he spent the next 17 years at WUSN, followed by an 8 year run at WIND, and for the last 4 years at WLS AM890. In addition, John hosted a nationally syndicated weekend show for Westwood One Radio from 1998-2006. John grew up in Holland Michigan and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Chicago’s northern suburbs with his wife Sarah, children Will and Penny, and an ever growing brood of canines.

“I’m very excited about hosting the new afternoon show at WLS AM890,” said Howell. “I intend on presenting Chicago with a quick paced, informative, honest and intelligent summery of the day’s biggest stories. An afternoon wrap of the day’s biggest events featuring prominent newsmakers, reporters, experts and stars. Of course, our town’s most colorful characters will also be welcome. In addition, I’m looking forward to (finally) golfing when the sun’s in the east.”

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John Howell has been a daily presence on Chicago radio for 30 years. Arriving in 1988 to host mornings at WCKG, he spent the next 17 years at WUSN, followed by an 8 year run at WIND, and for the last 4 years at WLS AM890. In addition, John hosted a nationally syndicated weekend show for Westwood One Radio from 1998-2006. John grew up in Holland Michigan and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Chicago’s northern suburbs with his wife Sarah, children Will and Penny, and an ever growing brood of canines.

“I’m very excited about hosting the new afternoon show at WLS AM890,” said Howell. “I intend on presenting Chicago with a quick paced, informative, honest and intelligent summery of the day’s biggest stories. An afternoon wrap of the day’s biggest events featuring prominent newsmakers, reporters, experts and stars. Of course, our town’s most colorful characters will also be welcome. In addition, I’m looking forward to (finally) golfing when the sun’s in the east.”

    Wendy and Kim are taking over Judy Pielach's pool

    Wendy and Kim are taking over Judy Pielach's pool

    With summer right around the corner, Wendy and Kim are looking forward to those beautiful days by the pool. The only problem is they don't have a pool. But Judy does! Judy joins the show and the three of them mingle about summer plans and possibly renting out Judy's pool.

    • 10 min
    Chicago loosens dining restrictions

    Chicago loosens dining restrictions

    Mayor Lightfoot announced Chicago restaurants and bars can increase their indoor capacity to the lesser of 50% or 100 people. Outdoor dining restrictions remain the same. ROOH Chicago Owner Manish Mallick discusses how the new coronavirus guidelines will help business.

    • 3 min
    Chicago is opening back up!

    Chicago is opening back up!

    Mayor Lightfoot announced indoor venues, including the United Center, can now operate at 25% capacity, Festivals and outdoor events can operate at 15 people per 1,000 square feet, and restaurants and bars can increase to 50% or 100 people. WLS City Hall Reporter Bill Cameron and Lauren Cohn cover all the details of Chicago opening back up for Summer.

    • 6 min
    How are we supposed to pay for all these plans?

    How are we supposed to pay for all these plans?

    President Biden made his first official address to Congress last night. He hit hard on his infrastructure bill, tax increases, and his American Jobs plan. Many are questioning how he plans for America to pay for all of these big plans. Heritage Foundation Senior Advisor and Spokesperson Genevieve Wood and Lauren Cohn break down the numbers and discuss how it will effect the economy.

    • 7 min
    The Kentucky Derby is back this weekend!

    The Kentucky Derby is back this weekend!

    The legendary annual Kentucky Derby is scheduled for this weekend. Get your bets in now and get ready for a great weekend at the track. Hawthorne Race Course Director of Publicity and Racing Analyst Jim Miller joins John Howell and News Anchor Kim Gordon to share their predictions for this weekend.

    • 13 min
    President Biden's first address to Congress

    President Biden's first address to Congress

    President Biden is gearing up for his first official address to the US Congress. He's been touting his big infrastructure plans and tax increases lately but what else will he bring up tonight? Fox News Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel and John Howell share their thoughts on the President and what they think he will bring up tonight in his address.

    • 8 min

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