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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
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THE BLACK KEYS dominated most of last night's Grammys, but they didn't come away with the Album of the Year award. That went to the MUMFORD & SONS for their album, "Babel".
The Black Keys disc "El Camino" did win Best Rock Album, and their single "Lonely Boy" won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Black Keys singer DAN AUERBACH also won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).
"Lonely Boy" didn't get Record of the Year. That went to GOTYE'S overexposed hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know". FUN. won Best New Artist, and their single "We Are Young" was named Song of the Year.
FRANK OCEAN beat CHRIS BROWN in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category . . . and Frank was back onstage when JAY-Z and KANYE WEST'S "No Church in the Wild" won Best Rap / Sung Collaboration.
In country, the title track off CARRIE UNDERWOOD'S album "Blown Away" won Best Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song.
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TAYLOR SWIFT opened the Grammys with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". And she may have taken a shot at her ex-boyfriend HARRY STYLES of ONE DIRECTION.
During one part of the song, Taylor said, quote, "So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you'" . . . and she used a BRITISH accent.
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JUSTIN BIEBER was the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. And he may have used one of his sketches to apologize for getting caught smoking pot earlier this year.
It was during one of those great "Miley Cyrus Show" sketches. Justin wasn't playing himself, but Miley's #1 fan.
He was DISSING Justin Bieber, but then he said, quote, "I also heard he got busted for smoking weed. And he's really sorry about it. And people make mistakes. And he's never gonna do it again."