Holly Jolly Trolley 2010

The annual broadcast of the WCRX “Holly Jolly Trolley” Food Drive is a cornerstone of the radio station’s outreach efforts to increase awareness of the hunger problem in our community.  Every year our station hosts this broadcast and food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  During the past 9 years, the drive has raised almost $30,000 and the station has collected more than 3,000 pounds of food.

Megan Buckley began the day off by getting us in the holiday spirit with Jeff Buonomo, coordinator of temporary exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry about the 69th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.


Its won 35 major awards, has broken records for attendance, resonating with many who experience the story of witches of Oz. WCRX’s Matthew Malone and Laura Borst speak with Justin Brill, who is currently on tour in Chicago with the production, about why this musical connects with so many of us.

The Hungry Hound

From the corner diner to a 5-star feast, Steve Dolinsky explores the food that makes up Chicago. And he answers listener questions too!

Advice doesn’t come easily, and this time of year we all need alot of help. Nationally syndicated columnist “Ask Amy” Dickinson can be seen in over 150 publications as well as a contributor to Time magazine, National Public Radio.

She stopped by the HJTrolley to help us in our time of need, answer listener questions and set host Matthew Malone straight on his dating techniques.

You may have seen Nathan Rabin’s humorous reviews each week in The Onion where he covers film, music and pop culture for the A.V. Club. He joins us to talk about his newest book, My Year of Flops and some other amusing observations.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White stopped by Holly Jolly Trolley as he has every year since it’s inception. The popular official has just begun his fourth term in office. He joins Matt Palumbo and Sam Panayotovich to talk about recent initiatives at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Jesse White Tumbling Team and even his career as a Chicago Cub. Plus they spin the prize wheel.

After weeks of intense competition, Lauren Wolf won the Road to Fame signing competition at Mahoney’s Pub and Grille. She won a trip for two to Los Angeles, $500 cash and a gig at a club in Culver City community in Los Angeles, where she performed in front of record execs. Now, her debut album is set to be released and she joined WCRX at Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about her dreams coming true.

Better Shopping

With the Holiday season, unfortunately comes holiday scams.  Tom Joyce of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago spoke with WCRX’s Ruby Pinto and Michael Michalski about how consumers can protect themselves and have a joyful time of year.

Big Llou Johnson

Big Llou got Holly Jolly up and moving.  The actor/singer has many film credits as well as performing with many groups around Chicago.

The Carbon Tigers

Members of the Chicago indie band Carbon Tigers stopped by to show there support and talk about their rising indie cred.

Dr. Warrick L. Carter, President of Columbia College Chicago stopped by the Holly Jolly Trolley food drive to bring a gift for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and to talk about the role of the college and the responsibility of the students to participate in the community in which you live.

WCRX’s Sam Panayotovich and George Cotsirilos talk Bears, Bulls, Hawks Sox and Cubs with WBBM Sports Director Josh Liss.

Elmo stopping by WCRX and Holly Jolly Trolley

Adam Fendelman is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Hollywood Chicago for the latest film, theater, television, music and gaming reviews from a Chicago perspective. Fendelman talks holiday films with Matt Palumbo and Sam Panayotovich

Radio Department Chair, Barbara Calabrese joined the Laura Borst and Colin Lazorka at Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about the role of the radio station in the community and the future of this medium.


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