Holly Jolly Trolley 2011

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The Reason for the Season

It is estimated there are nearly 900,000 families in the Chicago metro area sturggling to find their next meal.  In Chicago, the rate of food insecurity is more than 20 percent.  The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Meaghan Farno joins us to kick off the day and share how you can help.

Cubs Community

Cubs executive vice president Wally Hayward joins us to talk about the responsibility the Cubs organization feels for the community.

Holiday Drama

The Columbia College Chicago’s Audio Drama Club shares two performances written and performed by members, “Sound Swapped” by Steve Ahlman and “The Favorite Present” by David Piercynski. 

Holiday Destination

Chicago is a destination for the holiday season. Jamey Lundblad is from the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture to talk about some of the offerings. 

Rising Star

Johnny Thomas is an aspiring singer/songwriter in Chicago who stopped by our Holly Jolly Trolley 2011 Food Drive to boost our spirtis.

At the age of 9, Thomas started his musical career by learning to play the guitar. He’s a one-man band who does vocals, guitar, bass, drums and piano.  In addition to composing music, he is also a club DJ and producer of electronic dance music.

Winter WonderLoop

From the New Lightscape on State Street to the Winter Wonderloop, the Chicago Loop Alliance is spreading Holiday Cheer.  Phillip Barash, stopped by to talk about enjoying the holidays in Chicago’s Loop.

Holiday Crooning

Big Llou Johnson joins us to spread some holiday cheer.  Besides performing the blues, Big Llou has appeared on stage and screen, recording hundreds of commercials as well as both Barbershop films, Nothing Like the Holidays and Let’s go to Prison.

Jesse White

Secretary of State Jesse White has been one of the constants in Holly Jolly Trolley,  joining us for 7 of the 9 years.  He speaks with us about new restrictions coming from his office, including new DUI laws, abusing disability permit parking and his calling to be a politician.

Office of the President

Each year the President of the college makes a donation to support the Chicago Food Depository.  Paul Chiaravalle is the associate vice president and Chief of Staff for the President’s office at Columbia College Chicago and joined us for the festivities.   

Responsibility of Media Professionals

Dr. Robin Bargar is joining us for his first Holly Jolly Trolley this year.  Besides being the new Dean of the school of Media Arts, he is an accomplished composer.  He joins us to talk about how media arts professionals can give back to their community in different ways, what he is doing for the holidays now that he is back in Chicago, as well as what he is listening to on his iPod. 

Barbara Calabrese has been at the helm of the Radio Department for nearly a decade.  Over the course of the tenure she has overseen a dramatic change in the radio industry.  But through all that, the role of the broadcast professional has stayed the same, the responsibility to give back to the community we serve. 

Holiday Giving to those Less Fortunate

Bob Dolgin is the Director of Communications with the Great Chicago Food Depository.  He joins us to remind us of the Reason for the season. 

Holiday R&B

Jameisha Trice is an American Pop/R&B artist and songwriter.  Influenced by classic soul, hip-hop, Gospel and R&B, Jameisha has been recording music since she was 15 years old.  A Columbia College Grad, she joins us to talk about her new cd.

A Holiday Sports Fans Wish List

Sports Announcer Chet Coppock has been following Chicago Teams for many years since his days at Columbia College.  He is bad today to speak with Sam and Shane to talk sports and spread holiday cheer for the New Year. 

Creating a Better Place One Sign at a Time

Homelessness is an issue that seems to come to our attention in the cold winter months.  With the weak economy, it is more important that ever to address these concerns as a community.  Christopher Devine is doing just that.  Currently a freelance graphic designer has given him time to use his talents to benefit those most in need.  He is creating white laminated placards that simply read “Homeless” or “Please Help” in hopes that these simple messages will quickly tell their story to passers by. 

Holiday Theater Offerings

From intimate storefront spaces to major productions, Chicago as a strong theater tradition.  Many great actors develop their craft on Chicago’s stages before heading to Broadway or Hollywood.

One of those fortunate people that gets to see many of these fine productions first hand is Kris Vire, Theater Editor for TimeOut Chicago.  Kris stopped by Holly Jolly Trolley to share some great holiday and non-holiday productions you should check out. 

Holiday Rock and Roll

Singer/Songwriter Misty Conzales has come along way from her beginnings in a small Colorado town.  Her new album “Rock and Roll Freedom Show” puts the angst of soldiers returning from tours into song.  Besides focusing on her music career, Misty has gone to earthquake ravaged Haiti to help those still in need. 

A Chic-A-Go-Go Holiday Spectacular

Jacob Chandler and Michael Michalski talking with Chic-A-Go-Go host Mia Park

Since 1996, Chic-A-Go-Go has been one of the most original and entertaining shows on Chicago TV.  Drawing its inspirations from legendary dance programs, the show combines class entertainment with a quirky indie style.  People of all ages and background, linked by the love of music, dance in harmony on the set.  The list of musical performers include a wide range of indie and old school acts.

For most of that time, Mia Park has been the host, sharing her responsibilities with a series of rat puppets.  But today she is solo, joining us at Holly Jolly Trolley. 

Holiday Blockbusters

From Holiday Blockbusters to new classic holiday films, many of us got to movies this time of year.  After years as a film critic for TimeOut Chicago, Hank Sartin’s head is full of some of the best and worst holiday films you may want to check out this season. 

Holiday Cheer

For nearly 25 years, Comedy Sportz has been battling for your laughter, making the group Chicago’s longest running “Short-Form” improv show.  From their theater in the Lakeview neighborhood, Comedy Sportz’s teams battle each other for audience laughter.  Rance Rizzutto, is a member of the ensemble and joins us to talk about the group and its holiday offerings. 

A Very Terri Christmas

Radio Hall of Famer Terri Hemmert stops by Holly Jolly Trolley to share some of her holiday music favorites

Terri Hemmert has been a Radio Personality in Chicago for years.  In 2011 she was inducted into The Radio Hall of Fame.  Her love of music has brought her to meet many icons of music and she comes to Holly Jolly Trolley today to share some of her favorite holiday music. 

Young Alumni

Recent Columbia College Grads have a leg up on others when entering the workforce, they have each other.  Marty Kane, of the Columbia College Chicago Young Alumi Group and Michelle Passarelli  of the Student Alumni Alliance come dropped by Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about how their groups are working together to build an energized network of Alumni.

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