Holly Jolly Trolley 2012

A Season of Giving


Each December, WCRXFM hosts an all day live broadcast benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Over the past 10 years, Chicago’s Underground has raised nearly two tons of food and over $40,000 in monetary donations for the food bank.  This year was no exception to Columbia College Chicago’s generosity.  Besides the fundraiser, the day was full of visits from dignitaries, Chicago celebrities and entertainers.

Shelia SimonIllinois Lt. Governor Shelia Simon

Shelia Simon is a lawyer, a teacher and mother.  She is also the second highest executive officer in Illinois.  Lt Governor Sheila Simon joined us to talk about community colleges, student aid and service to community.

Holly Jolly Live BroadcastHoliday Films  with Matthew Fagerholm

Matthew Fagerholm of the film blog Indie-Outlook joins us to talk holiday films of past and present to get you in the holiday spirit.

The Face of HungerThe Reason for the Season

Michelle Rake of the Greater Chicago Food Depository joins hosts Melissa Swift and Pat Fawell about the face of hunger and the need to help donate year round.

Porchlight Music TheatreThe Gifts of the Holiday Musical

Nate Groonwald of Porchlight Music Theatre  joined Melissa and Pat to talk about the musical as a holiday tradition and their productions of The Gifts of the Magi and The Best Musical

It’s a Wonderful Life

Its a wonderful life

Frank Capra’s Holiday Classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” has been adapted for the stage by Chicago’s American Blues Theater and is currently on stage at the Biograph Theatre.  Kevin R. Kelly plays the role of George Bailey, made famous by Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal.  Kelly joined Holly Jolly to talk about how this most loved story has a fresh telling.

Steve DolinskyHoliday Treats with The Hungry Hound

ABC-7’s Steve Dolinsky comes back to Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about holiday dining, traditional seasonal favorites and where to get some of the best food in and around Chicago.

Nick RushBlue Blue Christmas

Nick Rush performs as one of the Blue Men in Chicago’s long running Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.  WCRXfm’s Tom Bowman and Paige Johnson speak with him about the role.

Joshua MirandaBeat This Holiday Cheer

Joshua Miranda entertains the Holly Jolly Trolley Crowd with his mad beat boxing skills.

pH Comedy Theatre

Tom Bowman with Kenny Metroff

Kenny Metroff joins Tom Bowman and Paige Johnson to talk about the chemistry needed for a great performance of pH Comedy Theater‘s Winter Shows, The Santa Stories: The Nice One and The Santa Stories: The Naughty One.

Illinois Sec. of State Jesse Whitetompaigejess

The honorable Jesse White joins us for the 10th time at Holly Jolly Trolley 2012.

Then Jesse White joins the two at the Prize wheel.

Street TempMore Holiday Cheer…All Welcome

Street Tempo Theater’s Brian Posen and Katie Johnston-Smith talk to Nicki and Danny about Improv in Chicago and their holiday extravaganza It’s a Wonderful Santa land miracle nut cracking Christmas Story……Jews Welcome at Stage 773

Kirk MusprattClassic Christmas in a New Way

Kirk Muspratt, conductor  and music director of the New Philharmonic stops by Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about making classical music fresh for a new generation.

Black MontgomeryCharles Dickens Like You’ve Never Seen Before

WCRXfm’s Dan Pasquerelli and Nicki Butler sit down with Blake Montgomery, creator and performer in the one man show, Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs a Christmas Carol Again.

UP Comedy ClubChicago’s Newest Comedy Club

Hans Holsen and Rachael Mason talk to Holly Jolly Trolley about Improv, Sketch and Chicago’s newest comedy venue, UP Comedy Club.

ThYck Troupe Holiday Performance

Members of Chicago’s Plus Size Performers, The Thyck Troupe join Holly Jolly Trolley to talk about their mission to be positive role models and bring our listeners some holiday cheer with a performance.

Reason for the Season

GCFD VolunteerFood Depository Volunteer Linda took time off of work to help our today.  She goes around the city and suburbs educating people to the need and collecting donations.  WCRXfm’s Steve Baker speaks with her about why she helps out this organization.

Kelsey Montanez PerformanceKelsey Montanez Live Performance

Chicago Singer Kelsey Montanez joins Alejandro and Victoria to rev the audience up with an afternoon performance at Holly Jolly Trolley.

AlumniYoung Alum

Recent Columbia College grads have a leg up on others when entering the workforce, they have each other.  Michelle Passarelli  of the Student Alumni Alliance come dropped by Holly Jolly Trolley and Marty Kane, of the Columbia College Chicago Young Alumi Group and drummer in the band Dot Dot Dot joins Dan Pasquerelli at Holly Jolly Trolley.

Holiday Drama

Victoria and AlejandroTom Bowman of Columbia College Chicago’s Audio Drama club join Alejandro and Victoria to talk about a new movement in an old medium.  And to share a couple holiday pieces the club made for WCRX.

A Blue State Christmas

Victoria Jones and Alejandro Flores talk with cast members of Fine Print Theater Christmas in Chicago about finding inspiration in the everyday and how this year has been full of material.


ForeverendiaThe Black Ship Company current production, Foreverendia, a blizzard buries a neighborhood under a 15-foot blanket of snow and three young adventurers use this event as a blank slate to imagine a new world.

Those three join us at Holly Jolly Trolley to speak about the production and theater in Chicago.


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