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December 21, 2014

Ladles and Genomes: "It's a Wonderful Slice of 'It's a Wonderful Life'"!

Funny how the holidays seem to come around just about this time every year. And nothing says the holidays like twisting a holiday classic beyond recognition, whether it's a Christmas carol or your favorite film. I do both, actually, which either makes me evil incarnate or the guy everybody wants to be. I could be wrong on both counts.

Which brings us to my annual evisceration of one of the most beloved movies of all time, It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell among a great cast. For many years, I have been playing and performing my own ten-minute version of the film. If you want to know the origin of this madness, you should check out this article from the Chicagoland Radio and Media blog, which is amazing in its thoroughness. I'm genuinely surprised that they had access to that much information about how all of this developed over the years.

However, as the radio cast around me changes each year, so does the cast of characters in the on-air version of Wonderful Slice. This year, I welcome some new voices into the fold, from both Mighty House Home Improvement Radio and Out Chicago on WCPT AM & FM, not to mention some of the station staff. Here's the breakdown for the 2014 version:

Scott Duff (from Out Chicago) - God, Mean Man, Zuzu

Ron Cowgill (from Mighty House) - Uncle Billy

Rich Cowgill (from Mighty House) - Salesman, Peter Bailey, Bert

Robbie Earhardt (from Mighty House) - Mary

Dennis Schetter (WCPT Production) - St. Joseph, Mr. Welsh, Ernie

Kerry D'Auben (WCPT Production) - Violet, Man in the street, Janey

H. Kellen Kiernan (The Mike Nowak Show ) - Harry, Pete, Man at meeting, Truck Driver

Rob Kartholl (Loose Cannon) - Giuseppe Martini

Actually, Mr. Kartholl will not be in the studio but will phone it in (add punch line here). It should be a surreal celebration. I hope you join us.


Spread the Green Divas message this holiday season

The women collectively known as The Green Divas--Green Diva Meg and Green Diva Lynn--are back for a visit on the show this week. While the rest of you are thinking about last minute Christmas shopping (unless you're not), they're still hard at work rolling out GDGD RADIO NETWORK—the first global digital radio network dedicated to green and healthy living.

The Mike Nowak Show is already part of that network in BETA mode and, right now, you can hear my show on the GDGD Radio Network every day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. CST. Of course, if you already catch my show live or listen to my podcasts, you won't be hearing anything new. GDGD RADIO is also on TuneIn, which has over 50,000 subscribers and the mobile app will be ready any day. 

But it ain't cheap to change the world, which is why the Green Divas have set up a fundraising effort at Fanbacked. Probably the easiest way to remember it is to go the the URL (You know, so you can help "fund GDGD.") It's that simple. When you're there you can check out some of their great green premiums for supporting the network.

For instance, for a donation of $150, there's Ava Anderson Non Toxic gift boxes valued at $185! Includes a 6 piece skincare set (cleanser, toner, exfloliator, lip scrub, eye makeup remover and moisturizer); and a daily essentials kit (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and a 4-pack of lip balms). Each set comes in its own gift box.

And I understand that there are premiums from Bill Kurtis, too.

All of which we will find out when the Green Divas are on the show this morning. By the way, I understand that Lynn has said she will streak through Chicago wearing nothing but body paint if they meet their goal. Hmm. I'm not sure I want to be her enabler, but I'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

As I've said before, this is well worth the investment. If you're interested in green programming as well as interested in giving The Mike Nowak Show another Internet venue, you should consider making a contribution. In fact, I insist on it!

Do it now!!





Scott Duff
Ron Cowgill Rich Cowgill Robbie Earhardt Dennis Schetter
Kerri D'Auben
H. Kellen Kiernan
Rob Kartholl