I have never been so happy to be asked to get up early on a Sunday morning! That’s because the invitation is from Rick Kogan of WGN Radio 72o. Solace in So Many Words will be discussed from 6:30 to 7 am on “The Sunday Papers.” What an honor to be asked.
Named Chicago’s Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, Rick Kogan is currently a senior writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday magazine. He began his career at 16, working during the tumultuous Democratic Convention of 1968.
Rick has written 12 books, including, in collaboration with his father, Yesterday’s Chicago, and in collaboration with Tribune colleague Maurice Possley, the best-selling Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth. His America’s Mom: The Life, Lesson and Legacy of Ann Landers, was published in 2003. His latest books are A Chicago Tavern, the history of the Billy Goat, and a collection of the Sidewalks columns he writes for the Tribune magazine, embellished by Charles Osgood’s photographs. He is also the narrator of an hour-long, 10-part Discovery Channel series titled Escaped!
As for “The Sunday Papers” radio show, it is described this way: “Rick starts off your Sunday with discussions of the weekend’s news and events and interviews with the people–writers, musicians, artists, characters, newsmakers–who make Chicago tick.”
I’ll be at the interview and so will Joan Corwin (“Details”) and J. Scott Smith (“Heartbeat”); they not only contributed great stories to Solace in So Many Words but helped out with the book from its very inception, so I asked them to be there for moral support should I be struck mute. Besides, they are articulate and smart and have lots of good things to say.
WGN is a superstation and I am pretty sure you can stream the broadcast on your computer or hear a podcast after the taping. Here is the link.
Wish me luck!