The Jonathon Brandmeier Podcast from 720 WGN

The Jonathon Brandmeier Podcast from 720 WGN

Episodes

  • Johnny remembers the 1st moon landing with Buzz (Aldrin, not Kilman)

    Jul 21, 2014 | 20 min
    Johnny celebrates the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing with his original interviews with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin and the late Walter Cronkite   …
  • Johnny proves he can be a Comcast service rep

    Jul 17, 2014 | 27 min
    After hearing the Comcast customer service call from hell that went viral this week, Johnny re-opens the show’s Misinformation Line in hopes that it will get him a gig as the company’s newest service rep.   …
  • Brandmeier Rewind – Friday 7.4.14

    Jul 4, 2014 | 52 min
    Paul Williams is still alive; country DJ AJ Christopher calls Snooki ugly; Johnny plays “Guess The Record Breaker” and “The Marriage Game” with listeners.   …
  • BRANDMEIER REWIND – THURSDAY 07.03.14

    Jul 3, 2014 | 37 min
    Keb Mo performs; Johnny and Buzz compare David Bowie’s new album to Jodie Foster’s Nell. Plus: Johnny buys dinner for the owner of his old phone number.     …
  • BRANDMEIER REWIND – WEDNESDAY 07.02.14

    Jul 2, 2014 | 60 min
    Eddie and Babe Winkelman; Swedish DJ Dave Nerge; Mosquito Man; Alderman Howard Brookins on punishing litterers.   …
  • Brandmeier Rewind – Tuesday 7.1.14

    Jul 1, 2014 | 54 min
    Interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Meade, and Joe Satriani. Plus: the return of Buzz’s Porn Emporium.   …
  • BRANDMEIER REWIND – MONDAY 06.30.14

    Jun 30, 2014 | 61 min
    Jimmy Buffett performs; John Records Landecker stops by the studio; a nun fights to keep a strip club from being built next to her convent.   …
  • Father’s missing son found live on ‘Nancy Grace’

    Jun 27, 2014 | 24 min
    Johnny & Buzz talk about the reaction of a father who finds out on ‘Nancy Grace’ that his missing son was found alive in his basement. …
  • Brandmeier Rewind: Jimmy Buffett

    Jun 27, 2014 | 8 min
    Johnny gets ready for Jimmy Buffett’s Chicago show with some performances from the archive.   …
  • Pizzas 4 Patriots

    Jun 26, 2014 | 17 min
    Sgt. Mark Evans from “Pizzas 4 Patriots” wants to send 5,000 pizzas overseas on the 4th of July. Help him out! Go to pizzas4patriots.com or purchase the Johnny & The Leisure Suits “Larger Than Live” CD on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qePjII…
  • The Movie Man on Transformers

    Jun 26, 2014 | 21 min
    Movie Man Russ Leatherman talks about Transformers and the new http://www.sixsecondreviews.com/.   …
  • Snakes invade Snooterville

    Jun 26, 2014 | 12 min
    Johnny reads a report about the recent snake sightings in Naperville, IL, but Buzz doesn’t care because he thinks Naperville is “snooty.” …
  • Lightning strikes man in steel boots

    Jun 25, 2014 | 13 min
    Johnny talks to Georgia man Sean O’Connor, who was struck by lightning while wearing steel-toe boots.   …
  • The force is with Chicago! City lands George Lucas museum

    Jun 25, 2014 | 17 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss Chicago’s win of the highly coveted museum from “Stars Wars” creator George Lucas.     …
  • US soccer fan “Teddy Goalsevelt” goes viral

    Jun 25, 2014 | 21 min
    Johnny talks to Chicagoan Mike D’Amico about his decision to go to Brazil to watch the World Cup…while dressed as Teddy Roosevelt.   …
  • World Cup: controversial chants, first-ever water break, and more

    Jun 23, 2014 | 22 min
    Johnny, Buzz, and Hector discuss the USA vs Portugal game, the controversial chants from Mexico fans, and the World Cup’s first-ever water break. Plus: caller Mary Faith reminds us about the Mosquito Patch.   …
  • Indiana woman fights home intruder with a backscratcher

    Jun 23, 2014 | 15 min
    Patty Kearney explains why she went after an intruder with a backscratcher (and a wrench) inside her home in Marion, IN.   …
  • What to do if you see a bear? Play dead…or talk to it!

    Jun 19, 2014 | 26 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the viral video of a black bear trailing two joggers in Alberta, Canada, who actually attempt to tell the bear to stop following them.     …
  • On the line: Cubs fan attacked by White Sox fan

    Jun 17, 2014 | 30 min
    Johnny talks to Steven Rebenda, who says he was punched in the eye for wearing a Cubs hat to a White Sox game.   …
  • Weekend recap: Blues Fest! Carmageddon! Naked bikers!

    Jun 16, 2014 | 26 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about their weekend in Chicago.   …
  • Dialing For News: WI dad flies son to high school graduation

    Jun 16, 2014 | 12 min
    The father of a graduating senior at Hamilton High School in Sussex, WI flew his son to his commencement ceremony in an ultralight plane, causing a stir – and earning himself a citation from the Sheriff’s Department. Johnny talks to …
  • Brandmeier Rewind: Casey Kasem In Studio

    Jun 16, 2014 | 20 min
  • Happy Father’s Day!

    Jun 13, 2014 | 25 min
    In honor of Father’s Day, Johnny remembers some moments from the show featuring his late dad Frank “Brandy” Brandmeier and the brothers, the brothers, the brothers (includes the full studio version of “Pish Posh,” the song Johnny wrote for his …
  • OJ Simpson, 20 years later

    Jun 12, 2014 | 17 min
    Johnny, Buzz, and listeners discuss the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson case.   …
  • Casey Kasem’s daughters pull life support

    Jun 12, 2014 | 22 min
    Johnny remembers his own mother and the tough decision to take her off life support in the wake of news about Casey Kasem’s impending death.   …
  • Apology of the day: Chris Daughtry

    Jun 11, 2014 | 25 min
    Today in unnecessary apologies: did Chris Daughtry really need to apologize after choosing not to sing a patriotic song on Fox & Friends?   …
  • Moves like Jagger

    Jun 11, 2014 | 35 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about the recent photos of Mick Jagger frolicking with a new lady love only months after his girlfriend died – too soon? Listeners weigh in. Plus: Johnny and Hector get ready for the Backstreet Boys concert.…
  • The Girl Who Had Sex With a Dolphin

    Jun 11, 2014 | 17 min
    Johnny talks about the upcoming BBC documentary that features a researcher who had a sexual relationship with a dolphin.   …
  • “Lucky” pig saves family from burning trailer

    Jun 10, 2014 | 17 min
    Johnny talks to Ina Farler – her family’s pet pig named “Lucky” saved her and her two grandchildren from a fire in a mobile home.   …
  • Tim McGill on surviving lightning strikes – with a blanket?

    Jun 10, 2014 | 1 min
    Johnny calls WGN meteorologist Tim McGill after seeing a video about a couple who survived a lightning bolt strike; Johnny tells McGill about a new “tornado protection” blanket. …
  • Apology of the day: California Chrome’s owner

    Jun 10, 2014 | 25 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about California Chrome owner Steve Coburn’s apology for being a sore loser.   …
  • Cocaine balloons pop in pilot’s stomach

    Jun 9, 2014 | 15 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the 911 call about the pilot who ingested 62 bags of cocaine before boarding a flight.   …
  • Charles Tillman on bowling, Bears, and being called “Peanut”

    Jun 9, 2014 | 23 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to Chicago Bear Charles Tillman about his Celebrity Pro Bowler tournament and more. For more info, go to: http://charlestillman.org/.   …
  • California Chrome owner’s angry rant after Belmont loss

    Jun 9, 2014 | 18 min
    Johnny, Buzz, and Arlington Park’s Howard Sudberry discuss California Chrome owner Steve Coburn’s reaction to his loss at the Belmont Stakes Saturday.   …
  • Meet the guy who paid to be on the show

    Jun 6, 2014 | 36 min
    Johnny welcomes Todd Emperado, karaoke aficionado and winner of the St. William Parish fundraiser’s “Five Minutes of Fame” segment, to the studio. …
  • Movie Man reviews Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars

    Jun 6, 2014 | 25 min
  • Remembering baseball great Don Zimmer

    Jun 5, 2014 | 21 min
    Johnny remembers the career highlights of baseball great Don Zimmer (features interview clips from the Brandmeier archive).     …
  • Dead Harry Caray comments on WGN/Cubs split

    Jun 5, 2014 | 14 min
  • Hawks lose because of Buzz? Plus: Cubs out at WGN Radio

    Jun 4, 2014 | 29 min
    Longtime Johnny B. contributor Edwardo blames the Blackhawks loss on Buzz (we’re still not clear why); Johnny, Buzz, and listeners discuss the Cubs leaving WGN Radio.   …
  • Dog poops on plane, causes emergency landing

    Jun 4, 2014 | 15 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about the news story of service dog that crapped on a plane and caused the pilot to make an unscheduled landing to clean it up.   …
  • Pope says raise kids, not cats and dogs

    Jun 4, 2014 | 17 min
    Buzz reports on the warning from Pope Francis that married couples shouldn’t substitute cats and dogs for children. Plus: Jonah Hill is the apology of the day.   …
  • Mother of SIU Carbondale student wants answers on son’s mysterious death

    May 30, 2014 | 18 min
    Johnny talks to Lovely Varughese, the mother of 19-year-old SIU Carbondale student Pravin Varughese, who was found dead in the woods five days after he was reported missing in February and is still searching for an explanation for his tragic …
  • Super Dave rants, Paul Rodriquez stops by

    May 30, 2014 | 20 min
    Super Dave calls in to unload his thoughts about the media’s coverage of Kim and Kanye’s wedding, Donald Sterling, and more. Mid-rant, comedian Paul Rodriquez stops by the studio and joins in the crazy conversation.   …
  • Bat interrupts weatherman and the last hour of the Johnny B. show

    May 29, 2014 | 17 min
    Johnny plays a clip of a Michigan meteorologist trying to stay calm as a bat flies through his newscast and the rest of the show gets derailed with bat talk. Featuring an impromptu call to Urban Wildlife Manager Rebecca Fyffe.…
  • Woman saves baby from flying baseball bat as her boyfriend ducks for cover!

    May 29, 2014 | 15 min
    Johnny talks to Eileen Depesa, the hero who saved a baby from a flying baseball bat at White Sox game.   …
  • Newsman/Bluesman on up-the-skirt photos, Brad Pitt’s attacker, and Mel Reynolds return to Chicago

    May 29, 2014 | 12 min
    Buzz reports on the ban against up-the-skirt photos, Brad Pitt’s attack by an infamous red carpet prankster, and ex-Congressman Mel Reynolds’s return to Chicago from Africa after his porn arrest.   …
  • JB Vmail: The Constipated Comic

    May 29, 2014 | 8 min
    Johnny and Buzz analyze voicemails left by the mysterious man who calls himself “The Constipated Comic.”   …
  • Coffee lover killed by coffee machine

    May 28, 2014 | 15 min
    Johnny talks about Chicago coffee man Jim Karr who died after a commercial coffee machine fell on his chest. Plus: Johnny’s comment about Hector’s “gypsy” friends causes controversy among listeners.   …
  • Buzz’s rant about Kim Kardashian’s butt

    May 28, 2014 | 13 min
    Newsman/Bluesman Buzz Kilman’s report on a tabloid photo of Kate Middleton’s butt turns into a spiel against Kim Kardashian. Plus: Tupac Shakur’s final words and 50 Cent’s “worst first pitch ever.” …
  • Wine talk with Hector

    May 28, 2014 | 23 min
    The Jonathon Brandmeier Show’s audio producer Hector reflects on his long weekend of camping and wine drinking in Michigan. …
  • In Studio: Dom Irrera

    May 22, 2014 | 32 min
    Comedian Dom Irrera talks about V. Stiviano’s interview with Dr. Phil, his mom’s friendship with Charles Barkley, Tom Dreesen’s Chicago connections and more. …
  • Newsman/Bluesman on Wrigley’s revamp, McDonalds’s protesters

    May 22, 2014 | 18 min
  • Movie Man on X-Men, Blended, and more

    May 22, 2014 | 18 min
    Movie Man reviews the Memorial Day weekend releases and tries to soothe Buzz’s Godzilla disbeliefs. …
  • Live from Moline, it’s Pearl Jam!

    May 22, 2014 | 5 min
    Johnny talks about Pearl Jam’s upcoming tour (that Buzz doesn’t care about). Plus: the real reason why Johnny’s brother Joey takes photos of bears, caller Kurt from Hawaii continues to hone his comedy act, and more. …
  • Blackhawks anthems – love ‘em or shove ‘em?

    May 21, 2014 | 14 min
    Johnny spins some tunes about the Blackhawks written and performed by listeners. Plus: Johnny previews the Dr. Phil/V. Stiviano interview.   …
  • Tom Dreesen on the case of Johnny’s missing iPad

    May 21, 2014 | 42 min
    After talking about his missing iPad on the air earlier in the week, Johnny gets a random tip from legendary comedian Tom Dreesen about its possible location. Plus, Dreesen has the inside scoop on David Letterman’s retirement. Also featured in …
  • Macklemore apologizes, Charles Barkley doesn’t

    May 21, 2014 | 12 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about Macklemore’s apology for his alledged “anti-Semitic” costume and Charles Barkley’s insult about San Antonio women.   …
  • No guns allowed at Chipotle even if concealed? “Machete Eddie” explains

    May 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Buzz reports on Chipotle’s gun ban while Johnny wonders how that works with Illinois’s concealed carry law – listener Eddie calls in to explain.   …
  • WGN’s Pat Tomasulo on his wife’s battle with Trigeminal Neuralgia

    May 14, 2014 | 19 min
    Johnny talks to WGN Morning News sports anchor reporter Pat Tomasulo about his wife’s battle with the neuropathic disorder Trigeminal Neuralgia and the fundraiser to help end it. Plus: listener Nicole calls in to talk about her experience with the …
  • Brandmeier Rewind: Tracy Morgan in studio

    May 9, 2014 | 27 min
    Comedian and star of “30 Rock” Tracy Morgan joins Johnny B. in studio. Catch Tracy Morgan on his “Turn It Funny” stand-up tour now! …
  • In Studio: Kevin Farley

    May 9, 2014 | 33 min
    Comedian/actor Kevin Farley talks about growing up in Wisconsin, auditioning in Los Angeles, honoring his brother Chris Farley’s comedy legacy, and more.   …
  • The circus art of “hair hanging”

    May 9, 2014 | 16 min
    Johnny talks to Steven Santos of Simply Circus about the art of “hair hanging,” a circus act currently making headlines after an accident during a Ringling Bros. show.     …
  • The oldest man in the world

    May 9, 2014 | 20 min
    Johnny attempts to talk to 111-year old New Yorker Alexander Imich, now the oldest living man in the world.     …
  • Charlie Daniels pays tribute to Bob Dylan

    May 9, 2014 | 20 min
    Johnny talks to musician Charlie Daniels about his new album of Bob Dylan covers. Off The Grid – Doin’ It Dylan’ is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com.     …
  • Super Dave Osborne calls Johnny back!

    Apr 24, 2014 | 40 min
    After playing his jokes and leaving him messages all week, Johnny and Buzz finally catch-up with genius comedian Super Dave Osborne. He tells some jokes, talks about working on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and shares tales from his early days in …
  • Bryan Bickell promised his dad he’d score a goal and he did!

    Apr 24, 2014 | 12 min
    Johnny and Amanda Bickell, the wife of Blackhawks player Bryan Bickell, call Bryan’s dad Bill before Wednesday’s game vs. St. Louis.   …
  • Nik Wallenda to perform high wire act in Chicago – with Johnny B. on his shoulders?

    Apr 17, 2014 | 24 min
    “King of the High Wire” Nik Wallenda talks to Johnny B. about preparing for his next stunt – in Chicago!   …
  • Passenger tries to jump from plane mid-flight: meet the doctor who tackled him

    Apr 15, 2014 | 22 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to Dr. Scott Porter, one of the men who tackled unruly passenger Joshua Carl Lee Suggs when he tried to jump from a Southwest Airlines plane mid-flight.   …
  • From the archive: Johnny B. & Mickey Rooney

    Apr 7, 2014 | 30 min
    Johnny remembers his interviews with the late, legendary actor Mickey Rooney.   …
  • Life lessons from rocker Bret Michaels

    Apr 2, 2014 | 25 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to Bret Michaels about hosting Oprah’s Lifeclass, proving people wrong, finding balance, making music, and more. Log on to Oprah.com TONIGHT (Wednesday, April 2nd) at 7 PM CT to see Bret on Oprah’s Lifeclass. http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Bret-Michaels-and-Cindy-Crawford-on-Oprahs-Lifeclass   …
  • Lollapalooza 2014 – beyond the headliners!

    Mar 26, 2014 | 15 min
    Johnny reviews the 2014 Lollapalooza lineup, including the lesser known bands. …
  • Comedian Gallagher on being “used” by Jimmy Kimmel

    Mar 26, 2014 | 24 min
    Johnny wakes up comedian Gallagher to talk about his random appearance in Jimmy Kimmel’s Esquire article. Plus, Gallagher explains why he’s currently staying at Gloria Estefan’s mother’s house in Miami and why he’ll never try to fight Gary Busey. …
  • Man attacked at Taco Bell for NOT burping

    Mar 20, 2014 | 18 min
    The story of Isaiah Morris, a man attacked in a Taco Bell because he burped and failed to say “excuse me” made international headlines. But Isaiah tells Johnny that he DIDN’T BURP and that he forgives his attacker – a …
  • Johnny harmonizes with Art Garfunkel

    Mar 17, 2014 | 29 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to musician Art Garfunkel about getting his “angelic” singing voice back, walking across America, shooting free throws, and recording Sounds of Silence with “touchy subject” Paul Simon. …
  • Bon voyage to “The Kissing Sailor”

    Mar 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Johnny remembers World War II vet Glenn McDuffie, the man who claimed to be the sailor kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square in a famous photo. McDufffie passed away on March 9th at age 86. …
  • In Studio: Comedian David Brenner

    Mar 17, 2014 | 19 min
    Johnny’s first and last studio interview with the late David Brenner, the father of observational comedy (from March 1, 2013). …
  • Casey Kasem’s Daughter Kerri on Her Battle To See Ailing Dad

    Mar 12, 2014 | 29 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to Kerri Kasem, the daughter of radio legend Casey Kasem, about the battle against her stepmother to see her dying father. …
  • Are you choking?! Dr. Heimlich is here

    Mar 12, 2014 | 25 min
    Jonathon Brandmeier talks to Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man responsible for the Heimlich maneuver, about his new autobiography.   …
  • Dennis Rodman speaks! But not to us

    Mar 10, 2014 | 8 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about Dennis Rodman’s recent interview with ESPN where he explains his trips to North Korea. …
  • Happy Birthday Chuck Norris!

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    Johnny honors Chuck Norris with the best Chuck Norris one-liners.   …
  • Man sues McDonald’s for $1.5 million – over one napkin?

    Mar 10, 2014 | 17 min
    Webster Lucas tells Jonathon Brandmeier what really happened when he got into a napkin dispute with a McDonald’s employee and why it ended with a $1.5 million lawsuit. …
  • SNL’s Taran Killam as Matthew McConaughey

    Mar 10, 2014 | 7 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about the latest SNL ratings and reviews. …
  • Tom Dreesen on the Oscars’ Dennis Farina snub

    Mar 7, 2014 |
    Comedian Tom Dreesen speaks out on the Academy Awards’ decision to not include Chicago actor Dennis Farina on the “In Memoriam” segment.   …
  • Push a button, have an orgasm – the new machine for women

    Mar 7, 2014 |
    Buzz reports on a machine that will allow women to climax at the push of a button.   …
  • Movie Man: 300, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Mar 7, 2014 |
  • Drunk gamblin’ man sues casino (Part II)

    Mar 7, 2014 |
    An update on the story of the man suing a casino for “letting him” play and lose $500K when he was drunk.   …
  • I’m not drunk, I’m avoiding this pothole!

    Mar 7, 2014 |
    Johnny, Buzz, and listeners discuss Chicago’s major pothole problem. …
  • Guess how much money Smash Mouth makes

    Mar 6, 2014 | 14 min
    A Daily Herald article detailing the amount of money Smash Mouth will make headlining the Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates catches Johnny’s attention. …
  • News you can lose: Man has sex with pit bull, it’s legal to film up women’s skirts

    Mar 6, 2014 | 14 min
    Newsman/Bluesman Buzz Kilman reports on a man arrested for having sex with a pit bull and a Massachusetts ruling that allows men to take photos up women’s skirts. …
  • Drunk gamblin’ man sues casino

    Mar 6, 2014 | 18 min
    Johnny and Buzz talk about the man suing a casino for “letting him” play and lose $500K when he was drunk. Plus, Johnny recalls getting kicked out of a London casino on a remote trip that included an unexpected interview …
  • The Supper Club Talk Show with Dave Hoekstra

    Mar 5, 2014 | 39 min
    Ya hey der! Johnny welcomes Dave Hoekstra to the studio to talk about “The Supper Club Book” party and book signing Sunday, March 9th at Archie’s Iowa & Rockwell Tavern – more info here: http://www.thesupperclubbook.com/?p=1125. …
  • Teen has sex with a Hot Pocket

    Mar 5, 2014 | 8 min
    Kids today! Johnny talks about the news report of a teenager who filmed himself having sex with a ham and cheese Hot Pocket so he’d go viral online. …
  • Who needs billboards? A listener’s promotional pitch

    Mar 5, 2014 | 13 min
    Listener John emailed BrandmeierShow@gmail.com with a great idea to promote Johnny B. and Buzz on 87.7 FM and WGN.FM. Johnny calls him up so he can pitch the idea live on the air. …
  • Richard Cheese is not dying!

    Mar 5, 2014 | 23 min
    Richard Cheese calls from Hawaii to talk about his brush with death, his new book, and more. …
  • “Dancing with Some Stars” – the new lineup!

    Mar 4, 2014 | 9 min
    Johnny talks about the new Dancing with the Stars lineup of barely recognizable names …
  • Instant Request from a horny listener!

    Mar 4, 2014 | 23 min
    Johnny reads an email from a listener with an instant request for his young, former stripper bride who plans to give up twice-a-day sex for Lent. …
  • Cubs spring training organist traded for pre-recorded music? George Kiefer speaks

    Mar 4, 2014 | 21 min
    After receiving an email from Cubs spring training organist George Kiefer about the Cubs decision to use pre-recorded music this season, Johnny calls him up to get the story. Plus, Johnny celebrates National Pancake Day with a random call to …
  • Johnny finally sees Million Dollar Quartet!

    Mar 3, 2014 | 26 min
    Johnny talks about seeing Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theatre on Saturday night, including the story of how the people behind him smuggled in cans of beer and his embarrassing backstage mix-up with Carl Perkins. …
  • Billy Corgan moving “the snoot-needle” – Part II

    Mar 3, 2014 | 16 min
    Johnny talks to Chicago Tribune’s Gregory Trotter about fan reactions to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s 8-hour ‘Siddhartha’ show and why he was asked to leave. …
  • Guy walks into a bar…with a tiger…

    Mar 3, 2014 | 26 min
    John Basile, owner of Big Run Wolf Ranch, stops by the studio to talk about the police charges he’s facing after bringing a tiger into a Lockport bar. Plus, listeners call with jokes about animals walking into bars. …
  • Wolfgang Puck on his Oscars party menu and why he doesn’t watch the nominated movies!

    Feb 28, 2014 | 14 min
    Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck calls in to talk about cooking for the 86th annual Academy Awards Governors Ball. …
  • Seth Rogen gives Alzheimer’s speech to empty Senate

    Feb 28, 2014 | 21 min
    Johnny talks about comedian/actor Seth Rogen’s speech about Alzheimer’s disease awareness to a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing in Washington, D.C– and the senators who walked out during his “performance.” …
  • Buzz’s fascination with John Mayer’s dating history

    Feb 28, 2014 | 14 min
    It was recently announced that John Mayer will play Ravinia in September, but Buzz is more interested in his split with Katy Perry and the many other women he’s dated. …
  • Billy Corgan to “move the snoot-needle” in 9-hour show

    Feb 28, 2014 | 8 min
    Johnny talks about Tribune writer Rex Huppke’s recent column about Billy Corgan. The good news: The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is performing at his Highland Park teashop. The bad news? It’s an eight-to nine-hour musical interpretation of “Siddhartha.” …
  • American Airlines: Don’t stop bereaving!

    Feb 27, 2014 | 22 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the American Airlines dropped bereavement fares. …
  • Spelling Bee at loss for words

    Feb 27, 2014 | 19 min
    Johnny talks to 11-year-old Sophia Hoffman, who tied with her friend (and her secret crush, according to Buzz) in a 66 round Spelling Bee that ended because they ran out of words. …
  • Inside the Oscars swag bag

    Feb 27, 2014 | 20 min
    Newsman/Bluesman Buzz Kilman takes us inside the 2014 Oscars gift bag – because awards aren’t enough. …
  • Late night TV talk – Seth Meyers’ debut

    Feb 27, 2014 | 16 min
    Johnny talks about the latest late night talk, including the debut of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” …
  • No blurred lines here! A listener explains open marriage

    Feb 26, 2014 | 16 min
    Johnny talks about Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke’s split from wife Paula Patton and their alleged “open marriage”; listener Pete calls in and explains how his open marriage led him to his true love. …
  • Will a waffle taco turn you gay? “Doc” Mike on fast food breakfast wars

    Feb 26, 2014 | 31 min
    The news of Taco Bell’s new waffle taco and decision to serve breakfast longer than McDonald’s causes listener “Doc” Mike to call in and rile up the audience (and Buzz) with his bizarre health advice. …
  • It’s Vaportini time!

    Feb 26, 2014 | 21 min
    Jack Faller, the COO of Vaportini, shows the Brandmeier staff how to “get drunk without drinking.” …
  • Latest news on El “Don’t Call Him Shorty” Chapo

    Feb 26, 2014 | 16 min
    Buzz reports the latest El Chapo news while Johnny plays more voicemails from the Mexican drug lord and asks the audience to answer a related movie trivia question. …
  • If you think Mr. Moviefone bombed on the Today Show, press 1!

    Feb 25, 2014 | 37 min
    The man formerly known as Mr. Moviefone (Russ Leatherman) calls in to discuss the end of 777-FILM, while Johnny is more concerned with his performance on NBC’s Today Show. …
  • Remembering Harold Ramis

    Feb 25, 2014 | 16 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the genius work of the late great Harold Ramis (featuring Harold Ramis-Johnny B. interviews from the archive). …
  • Abe Vigoda is NOT DEAD!

    Feb 25, 2014 | 12 min
    Upon hearing news he missed Abe Vigoda’s 93rd birthday on February 24th, Johnny dials an old number of Abe’s from the Brandmeier Show files and is shocked to discover it still works – and that Mr. Abe Vigoda is alive …
  • Name that baby gorilla!

    Feb 25, 2014 | 9 min
    Brookfield Zoo is asking for help naming their new baby gorilla, so Johnny and listeners share suggestions. …
  • Bits of Brandmeier – Monday 02.24.14

    Feb 24, 2014 | 46 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the capture of Mexican drug lord El Chapo, the NBA’s first openly gay player Jason Collins, and the story of a 73-year-old mall walker banned from walking in a mall. …
  • El Chapo caught after dialing Johnny B.’s voicemail

    Feb 24, 2014 | 18 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the capture of Mexican drug lord and Chicago Public Enemy No.1 “El Chapo.” Plus, hear some of the voicemails he left the show. …
  • Jason Collins is the NBA’s first openly gay player – should we care?

    Feb 24, 2014 | 8 min
    Johnny and Buzz discuss the hype surrounding the Brooklyn Nets debut of Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player. …
  • Dialing For News: Mall walker banned…for walking in a mall

    Feb 24, 2014 | 14 min
    Johnny talks to 73-year-old mall walker Anthony Arcese, who was banned from a Long Island shopping center for using the bathroom before the mall officially opened. …

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