100 episodes

John Howell is a veteran Chicago radio host, avid golfer, and music aficionado who breaks down the news of the day with local tastemakers and newsmakers from 4pm-7pm weekdays on 890 WLS-AM. A voice of reason, John examines the biggest stories through a Chicago lens and shares them with a nuanced delivery.

The John Howell Show Podcast The John Howell Show

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John Howell is a veteran Chicago radio host, avid golfer, and music aficionado who breaks down the news of the day with local tastemakers and newsmakers from 4pm-7pm weekdays on 890 WLS-AM. A voice of reason, John examines the biggest stories through a Chicago lens and shares them with a nuanced delivery.

    Chicago's Budget Outlook... How Bad Is It?

    Chicago's Budget Outlook... How Bad Is It?

    Mayor Brandon Johnson's latest budget forecast estimates that Chicago will face a 538-million-dollar shortfall in 2024. Bret Gogoel welcomes Leigh Giangreco, Reporter for Crain's Chicago Business, to discuss the city's financial position and how it compares to the last administration's
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    • 7 min
    How Meteorology Impacted the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

    How Meteorology Impacted the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

    Bret Gogoel welcomes Rick DiMaio, Chicago Meteorologist & Professor of Aviation and Meteorology at Lewis University, to discuss how operational meteorology impacted the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The devil, it seems, is in the details. DeMaio also discusses the incoming Fall weather. 
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    • 9 min
    Chicago Brew Pass: A Digital Way to Explore Chicago's Craft Brewery Scene

    Chicago Brew Pass: A Digital Way to Explore Chicago's Craft Brewery Scene

    Choose Chicago is excited to announce the launch of the first ever mobile Chicago Brew Pass, which allows Chicago-natives and tourists alike to earn points and prizes while enjoying local craft beer. Bret Gogoel  welcomes Jason Lesniewicz, Choose Chicago's Director of Cultural Tourism, to elaborate on how to use the Brew Pass and what breweries are involved.
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    • 6 min
    Bear Down! A Preview of This Year's Season Opener

    Bear Down! A Preview of This Year's Season Opener

    The Chicago Bears will kick off their 2023 season against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. Bret Gogoel welcomes Zach Pearson, Reporter for BearReport.com, to provide some insight on what to expect this weekend. 
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    • 9 min
    President of the CTU Criticized for Sending Child to Private School

    President of the CTU Criticized for Sending Child to Private School

    Stacy Gavis Gates, the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, is receiving backlash after sending her child to a private school, despite her history of speaking out against school choice programs. Bret Gogoel is joined by Paul Vallas, Policy Adviser for the Illinois Policy Institute, who shares his opinion on the CTU and the Chicago School System. 
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    • 12 min
    Misericordia Family Fest: A Good Time for a Good Cause

    Misericordia Family Fest: A Good Time for a Good Cause

    Misericordia Heart Of Mercy is a not-for-profit focused on providing quality care for people with mild to profound disabilities. Bret Gogoel welcomes Julie O'Sullivan, Misericordia Foundation Director of Creative Arts Marketing Manager, to discuss Misericordia's largest fundraising event of the year. To learn more information, you can visit www.misericordia.com.
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Mellow Randello ,

Going to miss John.

I am really upset that WLS let John go. He could discuss anything about Chicago in a way that was in my opinion appropriate. I don’t intend to listen to his replacement.

CheeseRoux ,

Going to miss you, John

I was disappointed to hear of the corporate types decided to take another direction.

Your show was great! While I don’t live in the area anymore, your show was interesting and entertaining for long time residents and occasional visitors equally.

Good night, good luck, and Keep your head on a swivel.

God bless.

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