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Meyerson on Rivet: A sampler

August 6, 2014
[Updated with new quiz, Aug. 6, 2014]

Some of what I've been up to behind (or is it in front of?) the microphone at Rivet. All clickable/playable.

The Rivet News Quiz:
Rivet Quiz: The standoff resumes
Rivet News Quiz: A challenger arises
Rivet News Quiz: This time, it's personal
Rivet News Quiz Show (Beta)

CTA Ventra card deadline: Guide to switching
A tour of Argonne National Laboratory

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Acclaimed political reporter Roger Simon
1871 CEO Howard Tullman
Philanthropist and business leader Christopher Kennedy
Pulitzer winner Mary Schmich
Newcity Publisher Brian Hieggelke

Batman's voice speaks: Kevin Conroy in 1993

August 6, 2014
Batman the Animated Series logo.jpg
"Batman: The Animated Series" logo.
Digging in to the audio archives once again, (almost) at random, I came across this interview with the man who's probably played Batman more than any other actor -- the voice of the Caped Crusader in animated cartoons from 1992 until now -- Kevin Conroy.

Kevin Conroy SBA.jpg
"Kevin Conroy SBA" by Baldwin Saintilus
Licensed under 
CC BY 2.0
via Wikimedia Commons.
This was recorded and aired in February 1993, about five months after the innovative "Batman: The Animated Series" made its debut.

Note: This is raw, pre-production audio.

Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1991: 'I've never taken anything for granted in my life'

July 24, 2014
This time out, we set the WAYBAC machine for a time when Mayor Richard M. Daley had yet to complete his first term in office and was hoping for a second go-round. On Feb. 12, 1991, he visited the WNUA-FM 95.5 studios at 444 N. Michigan Ave. for a sit-down with WNUA's Jenette Kerr, the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet and me. (With a pre-interview cameo by Daley's then-deputy press secretary, Carolyn Grisko.)

It gets especially fun around 29:00.

Be a radio news quiz contestant -- for real

June 6, 2014
The news quizzes I've been playing with on this blog (and before that, on the WBEZ-FM website) have morphed again into a radio news quiz show, which you now can hear on the Rivet Radio app for iPhone/Pod/Pad.

You can play along on the Web as you listen. And, as of this week, you can apply to be a contestant on this silly little experiment -- with the chance to win a real (strictly in the sense that it's not imaginary) prize.

Hear the latest quiz -- and learn how to submit an application -- here: (Or write to

And check out previous Rivet News Radio quizzes here, here and here.

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne ... and me

June 5, 2014
Jane Byrne at Chicago's Annual Gay
& Lesbian Pride Parade, June 1985 (Alan Light)
With ailing former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne in the news because of Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed's commendable campaign to have ... something ... named after Byrne, I went diving into the archives for some of my more substantial encounters with the mayor.

Here, for history's sake (and with hosting courtesy of Pop Up Archive and the Internet Archive), are two interviews: One from 1991, when -- who remembered? -- she ran a characteristically combative but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to regain the mayor's office; and another from 1992, as she more reflectively reviewed her career and promoted her autobiography, My Chicago.

Both interviews aired on "Point of View," a Sunday morning public affairs show on WNUA-FM 95.5. The first features co-panelists Jenette Kerr, Mary Gannon and Andy Shaw.

1991 interview, during the campaign (with Kerr, Gannon and Shaw):

1992 interview, promoting her book: