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Steve Dahl

Steve Dahl
Steve Dahl is a radio personality who has enlivened Chicago airwaves since 1978, following a stint in Detroit and several in southern California, where he was born and raised. A Chicago Emmy winner, Dahl has also created numerous TV projects over the years, including It's Too Early, a daily morning show hailed as "the best program on television" by Tribune columnist Bob Greene. His candid, stream of consciousness style, incorporating subject matter ranging from current events to family anecdotes to workaday life at a radio station, has influenced many other American broadcasters.

Noting that there has never been a person, thing, or substance he hasn't tried to abuse, Dahl joined the...
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Steve Dahl is a radio personality who has enlivened Chicago airwaves since 1978, following a stint in Detroit and several in southern California, where he was born and raised. A Chicago Emmy winner, Dahl has also created numerous TV projects over the years, including It's Too Early, a daily morning show hailed as "the best program on television" by Tribune columnist Bob Greene. His candid, stream of consciousness style, incorporating subject matter ranging from current events to family anecdotes to workaday life at a radio station, has influenced many other American broadcasters.

Noting that there has never been a person, thing, or substance he hasn't tried to abuse, Dahl joined the Chicago Tribune as the newspaper's vice advisor columnist in January of 2006. He also writes a daily weblog, which can be found at Dahl.com, and performs his songs in live concerts from time to time.

Dahl and his wife Janet have called Chicago home for almost 30 years. They live in the western suburbs and have three grown sons.
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  • Ebert and Siskel: Partners shared unique relationship

    This is a feature story from 1999. At the time, Sid Smith was a Tribune Arts Critic.   On the day of Gene Siskel's funeral, Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel suggested that the on-air chemistry between Siskel and Roger Ebert defied analysis....
  • Digital ear candy

     
    In a sidebar to Steve Johnson's story today on "WTF With Marc Maron," Steve and I offer a list of some of our current favorite podcasts: To call the world of podcasts overwhelming is an understatement, but this highly portable......
  • Dahl's wall: Can he make it work?

     
    Robert Channick reports: [Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl] announced Monday via Twitter that he will continue podcasting from his west suburban home, but with a twist. His daily downloads no longer will be free. They will cost $9.95 per month......
  • Money requests sound like java jive.

     
    If I had a cup of coffee for every time someone said that the money they want -- a donation, a price increase – compares favorably to the price of a cup of coffee, I would probably never sleep again.......
  • Adventures in new journalism

     
    The Daily Whale is a -- news information service covering local government in the Chicago area. Through our daily email and website we provide comprehensive coverage of City Hall, Cook County and other local government units. It's been free since......
  • Radio rewind: My magazine profile of new WGN-AM morning host Jonathon Brandmeier

     
    In light of today's news that veteran radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier (left) is taking over morning drive at WGN AM 720, I am republishing the following extensive profile that came out almost exactly 25 years ago in the Tribune's Sunday......
  • Social Media Week Chicago

    Social Media Week Chicago
    Social Media Week kicked off today in twelve cities around the world and I am thrilled that Chicago is one of them.  I am also thrilled to represent WGN as a panelist for two of the sessions.  It's been tough trying to keep up with all that's happening in...
  • Steve Dahl's Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park

    Steve Dahl's Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park
    Comiskey Park had seen more than its share of oddball promotions, what with White Sox owner Bill Veeck's penchant for the colorful (a scoreboard that lit up and exploded with fireworks) and the offbeat (having his players wear shorts). But nothing...
  • Baja-mian rhapsody

    Let us consider the fish taco. It is a travesty that Chicago, America's third-largest metropolis, lags so far in per capita fish taco consumption. True, you can find it, as I did at about a dozen restaurants, under the "fish taco" umbrella. Both fish and...
  • 'The Hustler's Handbook' by Bill Veeck

    'The Hustler's Handbook' by Bill Veeck
    "The great portion of any ball game consists of the pitcher holding the ball or throwing it to the catcher," wrote one-time Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck in his 1965 book "The Hustler's Handbook" (Ivan R. Dee: 352 pp., $15.95 paper). "Anything that...
  • Leslie Keiling

    Leslie Keiling
    Leslie Keiling is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area, born and raised in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the city's North Side. She attended Columbia College, and by her sophomore year began working for the fledgling Shadow Traffic Network. By...