BILLY WILLIAMS KICKED MY FACE!

It’s hard to find anyone to say a bad word about Cubs Legend, Sweeeeeeet swinging Billy Williams. Except me.

Sure, he was my coach at Randy Hundley’s incredibly fun Fantasy Camp 2 years in a row.

Yes, he gave me and my brother Dr. Mike a 45 minute private batting lesson.

Yeah, yeah…he’s funny, talented and way cooler than he needs to be.

But his statue at Wrigley Field assaulted me… as you can plainly see.

More like ‘Sweet KICKIN’ Billy Williams.

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WINDY CITY LIVE opens HUGE

After six months of toil, tears and tense moments about following in the Jimmy Choos of  a legend WCL premiered this morning to an enormous audience and extremely positive reviews.  I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Chicago ex-Pats around he world can watch the show live Monday thru Friday @ 9:00 AM Chicago time here:

http://windycitylive.com/livevideo?id=8113860

My Chicago Buddy

The Windy City Live office at ABC Chicago is busy as we prepare for our premiere this week, after Oprah Winfrey signs off for the final time. Our new talk show starts Thursday, May 26th at 9AM Chicago time on WLS-TV, channel 7 Chicago, and will be streamed live everyday at the same time on http://www.windycitylive.com.

Last Thursday, I taped what is probably the most incredible interview of my career. I spent the entire day with Blues Legend BUDDY GUY.
The day started off in Buddy’s bucolic home, on a woodsy lot that resembles his native Louisiana, outside of Chicago. Buddy welcomed us into his house and gave me a tour of his photo room – showcasing some of the incredible photos he’s collected during his 50+ year career.

After that, we drove around Chicago all day, visiting some of Buddy’s old haunts like the sites of the 708 Club, Theresa’s and the home of the Father of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters:

Buddy shared a bunch of great stories – some on, some off camera – and the best of it all will appear in our Buddy Guy tribute show in June.  At 74 years young, Buddy’s new album may well be his best ever, and he’s got the energy of a man half his age. He was gracious, funny, open, honest and tremendously candid.

As we drove around town, Buddy played his Strat in the back of the Escalade, he took me to his favorite shops – for hats, for fish. He took me to the places where he BECAME Buddy Guy, guitar slinger. He talked about his friend, Stevie Ray Vaughan and that fateful night in Alpine Valley Wisconsin and how it came to be that Stevie got on that copter instead of someone else. I could share more, but instead will tell you to tune into our show to hear and see what I’m talking about.

Sometimes when you meet your heroes, you’re disappointed because they just don’t measure up to the iconic image you’ve built up in your mind. But every once an awhile, you get even more than you expect. My day with Buddy will be one that I remember forever. The day the Myth became a man. And my pal.

Go buy LIVING PROOF   http://buddyguy.com/shop/

And make sure to start watching WINDY CITY LIVE Thursday May 26th!   www.WindyCityLive.com

ABC + Chicago = My New TV Show

Well, its finally official. I will be one of the hosts of ABC’s new morning talk show – the one replacing Oprah Winfrey – WINDY CITY LIVE.

Our show premieres LIVE on THURSDAY May 26th, the day after Oprah leaves the time slot she made famous for 25 years.  Hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner will anchor the show, while I get the fun assignments – traveling around interviewing fun people, visiting wild places, covering music, food, comedy, travel, etc.  I’ll be live in studio one week a month, then on video from various locations the other three days while I return to LA to work on two other series.

I left Chicago to go to college and have not lived there since I was 18. I am THRILLED to be back, and working on one of the Nation’s oldest and most prestigious stations.  Ryan and Val are a great team and the sky is the limit for the show. It’s going to quick, fun, topical and LIVE.

The audition process they talk about in this article was wild: hundreds of people were called, 40 flown to Chicago for 3 days of non-stop interviews and auditions, then weeks of more auditions before Marlaine Selip, Cindy Patrasso and Emily Barr put together our Dream Team.  Could not be happier to be on ABC and back home in my toddling town.

If you have ideas about fun, interesting people and places in town, please let me know and we’ll get them on the show. See you in Chicago!

Story Image Ryan and Val on our new set in the historical 190 N. State Buiilding.