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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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    • 3.5 • 15 Ratings

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.”

    John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/13) - Richard Irvin's Leaked Texts & Bally's Combative Town Hall

    John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/13) - Richard Irvin's Leaked Texts & Bally's Combative Town Hall

    *Former 44th Ward Alderman Dick Simpson details how Chicago has been named America's most corrupt city for the third year in a row.
    *Paris Schutz of Chicago Tonight breaks down his report of leaked texts from Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin that insult Donald Trump.
    *Justin Laurence recaps a contentious town hall held by Bally's that consisted of hundreds of residence opposed to the River West casino site.
    *Researcher Patrick T. Brown shares the pro-family agenda that Republicans should embrace once Roe is overturned.
    *Plus, David Greising of the BGA discusses their recently awarded Pulitzer Prize, and our own Steven Traficanti says goodbye to The John Howell Show.

    • 48 min
    What's Behind The Baby Formula Shortages?

    What's Behind The Baby Formula Shortages?

    Grocery stores across the nation are experiencing baby formula shortages and Americans are getting concerned. But how did we get to this point? ABC News Correspondent Brian Clark and John Howell take a deep dive into the issue.

    • 11 min
    Chicago Named Most Corrupt City In United States

    Chicago Named Most Corrupt City In United States

    For the third year in a row, Chicago has been deemed the most corrupt city in America and Illinois ranks third most corrupt among states. Former Alderman Dick Simpson joins John Howell to discuss why the city is so corrupt.

    • 6 min
    John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/12) - Protestors Aren't Helping & State Republicans Ready to Pounce

    John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/12) - Protestors Aren't Helping & State Republicans Ready to Pounce

    *Eric Zorn and John discuss how protestors outside the homes of Supreme Court justices aren't helping their cause.
    *Michale Edwards of the Chicago Loop Alliance shares that they are doubling their number of street ambassadors to curb violence downtown.
    *Greg Hinz of Crain's looks at the new poll showing that the IL GOP gubernatorial race is tighter than expected.
    *Reid Wilson at The Hill discusses how state GOP lawmakers are getting ready to pounce after Roe is overturned.
    *Plus, attorney Jaice Zolna talks about the city lawfully overcharging citizens for city sticker violations.

    • 50 min
    Court Rules Chicago Unlawfully Overcharges On City Sticker Tickets

    Court Rules Chicago Unlawfully Overcharges On City Sticker Tickets

    Last week, an Illinois appellate court ruled the city of Chicago has overcharged some residents on their city vehicle sticker tickets. Now, the tickets may be forgiven and wiped clean. Cherry & Associates Attorney Jacie Zolna joins John Howell with the full details.

    • 10 min
    The GOP Race For Governor Is Still Wide Open

    The GOP Race For Governor Is Still Wide Open

    Millions and millions of dollars have been poured into the upcoming GOP race for Governor but it still seems like anyone's race. Crain's Chicago Business Political Writer Greg Hinz joins John Howell to discuss.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Best of the best of the best

Quality radio
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What’s the point ?

It’s pretty much a waste to listen to a total of 38 minutes on a podcast from a 3 hour show.

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Why have the day broken into a bunch of 6 minute podcasts. Just combine them all into one so I can listen to them uninterrupted.

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