Catching A Wave With Jammin' James Riley November 27 2021 on WRWO 94.5 FM 


We've got a trio of songs with artists named Paul...Paul Johnson, Paul Carrack and Paul Revere & The Raiders.  Beth Riley has a deep track of The Beach Boys in her Surf's Up: Beth's Beach Boys Break.  We've got a Two-Nami in the forecast with 2 in a row from Southern Culture On The Skids and we'll drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear our selection of the week!  We've got rockers from from Surfer Joe, The Fantastic Baggys, Sail On, Beware Of Blast, Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, Bob Spalding, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, The Me-Gustas, Los Surfer Compadres plus some Christmas tunes hitting the playlist from The Hi-Risers, The Tremolo Beer Gut and The Neptunas!!

Boppin' with Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM November 26 2021 


English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul Carrack, is our "focus beam" artist this week. We hear from some of his influences including The Shadows, The Searchers, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. We'll hear about his amazing musical journey with bands (Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics) and his stellar solo career along with a few of his solo tunes! Beth's Lightning Round returns and Paul is the guest for that as well. Plus, Jammin' James Riley has a rockin' track from Jimmy Dell in Rockabilly Rewind!

Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94,5 FM - November 26 2021 


Dave's Picks Volume 40 has made some noise on the Billboard Chart! 

1) Grateful Dead scores its 50th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200. The band continues to have the most top 40 albums among groups since the chart began regularly publishing on a weekly basis in March of 1956. The only acts with more top 40 albums than Grateful Dead are Frank Sinatra (58), Elvis Presley (57), Barbra Streisand (54) and Bob Dylan (51). 

2) Also marks Grateful Dead’s highest charting album since 1987 on the Billboard 200! 

3) Finally, it's the largest sales week for Grateful Dead in over 25 years 

We get into the release and the new release from the GarciaLive series! 

The Set List. . . 

Cassidy 7:00 
1990-07/18 DEER CREEK MUSIC CENTER, Noblesville, Indiana 
Dave's Picks Vol. 40 

Deal 9:02 
1991-11/15 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York, New York 
GarciaLive Vol. 16 

Me And Bobby McGee 6:24 
1972-10/17 FOX THEATRE, St. Louis, Missouri 
Listen To The River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73 

I'll Take a Melody 15:03 
1976-11/07 KEYSTONE BERKELEY, Berkeley, California 
GarciaLive Vol. 17 

Albany, NY, Knickerbocker Arena 
March 29, 1993 
30 Days of Dead 2021

Catching a Wave on WRWO 94,5 FM - November 20, 2021 

It's more fun than should be allowed for a full hour!  On this Catching A Wave, we hear from the "King Of Twang" Duane Eddy in our Green Room segment.  Beth Riley has a deep track from The Beach Boys in her Surf's Up: Beth's Beach Boys Break.  We've got a "mystery" trio of songs from Man Or Astro-Man?, Cheap Trick and The Challengers and we drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear our selection of the week.  Plus, we've got killer tracks from The Ramblin' Bandits, Martin Cilia, Goons!, Masters Of The University, Del Sotos, Burt Rocket, repeat repeat, The Big Swell Drifters, The Breakers, The Surf Raiders, The Grip Weeds and Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th! 


Boppin With Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM November 19, 2021 


American Outlaw Country singer-songwriter Cody Jinks is our "focus beam" artist this week. We hear from artists that have influenced not only his country sound but also his thrash metal side as well including Merle Haggard, Pantera, The Highwaymen, Keith Whitley, AC/DC, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Def Leppard, Randy Travis, Lefty Frizzell, Sturgill Simpson and Megadeath! You'll hear all about his musical endeavors as well as a couple of tracks from his catalog. Jammin' James Riley also has a rockin' classic from Wanda Jackson in Rockabilly Rewind!

Majestic Black & White Post Card  

4 x 6 Majestic Watercolor Vintage Black & White Post Card pack of 10 cards 
Majestic Street Scene watercolor created by local Ottawa Artist Carol Halm 
Proceeds go to the restoration of the Majestic Theatre. 

Proceeds of the sale of these products go to support the restoration of the Majestic Theatre

Des Plaines Theatre 


Ron Onesti speaks to the gathered dignitaries Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Des Plaines Theatre. 

Closed to the public for more than seven years, the historic Des Plaines Theatre will be hopping with live music Sunday. 

Actor Kevin Costner and his Modern West band are set to perform, marking the return of entertainment to the newly renovated, art deco theater at 1476 Miner St. 

"Guests will be treated to an evening of Hollywood grandeur," said Ron Onesti, president & CEO of Onesti Entertainment, the company running the city-owned theater. "The theater has been restored to its 1925 splendor, with perfect acoustics and a stunning interior." 

Mayor Andrew Goczkowski is similarly excited about the reopening. 

"I'm extremely proud of this theater's rebirth," he said. "This is an exciting day for Des Plaines." 

With the curtain ready to rise, here's a look at the theater and the renovation -- by the numbers. 

• 2018: The year Des Plaines bought the theater for about $1.3 million from a private owner. It had been closed for four years because of building code violations. 

• 6.7 million: The city's estimated share of the renovation cost, in dollars. 

• 2.2 million: The amount Rivers Casino donated to help with the purchase and renovation, in dollars. Rivers doesn't have an ownership or management stake in the theater. 

• 3: The number of years the renovation project took. 

• 998: Seating capacity. 

• 13,668: The building's size, in square feet. 

• 2: Restaurants planned for the theater. They'll be called Bourbon 'N Brass and Des Pizza and should open in November. 

• 99: In dollars, the lowest base cost of tickets still available for Sunday's show. Tickets can be purchased at desplainestheatre.com. 

• 5 p.m.: The scheduled starting time for Sunday's show. 

Sources: Des Plaines, desplainestheatre.com, the Onesti Entertainment Corp., Daily Herald interviews 

This article filed under:Life & EntertainmentNewsSmall BusinessCommunity TheaterProfessional TheaterDes PlainesEntertainmentTheaterDes Plaines NewsletterGood News Sunday Newsletter 

As the renovated Des Plaines Theatre reopens, take a fresh look at it ... by the numbers.

Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94.5 FM - 10 08 2021 

We pay tribute to George Frayne, a.k.a. Commander Cody, alt-country pioneer, who joins the great jam in the sky. Not only was he the frontman for The Lost Planet Airmen but he was Jerry Garcia's neighbor. The Grateful Dead's soundman recorded a Commander Cody show which was released last year. The soundman, Owsley Stanley, recorded a Johnny Cash show which will be released later this month! 

Jerry Garcia will release GarciaLive Volume 17. The release will showcase recordings from Northern California in 1976. 

We hear Commander Cody cover a Johnny Cash song. Johnny Cash covers a Bob Dylan song. All tracks recorded by Grateful Dead soundman, Owsley Stanley, and Jerry Garcia covers a Bob Dylan song. Mr. Dylan recently announced new tour dates. 

The Set List. . . 
El Paso 4:51 
1973-09/08 NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, Uniondale, New York 
Dave's Picks Vol. 38 

Big River 3:07 
1970-02/27 FAMILY DOG AT THE GREAT HIGHWAY, San Francisco, California 
Bear's Sonic Journals: Found In The Ozone 

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 
Johnny Cash 
Bear's Sonic Journals: April 24th, 1968 Carousel Ballroom 

Simple Twist Of Fate 13:42 
1991-11/15 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York, New York 
GarciaLive Vol. 16 

Playing in the Band > 15:54 
Cosmic Charlie > | 8:03 
1976-07/16 ORPHEUM THEATRE, San Francisco, California 
Dave's Picks Vol. 18 2016 Bonus Disc

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Water Color Painting of

Majestic Theatre

by local artist Carol Halm

(May 2020)

Prints, Posters, products are now available to support the restoration efforts of the Majestic Theatre.

Carol Halm was born, raised and still lives in a quaint town called Ottawa in Illinois.  She has worked in watercolors for over 45 years and has spent 25 years in colored pencil.  She has worked on many commissions as well as licensing. She attended at Illinois Valley Community College and has spent countless hours perfecting her craft.  She works in various styles such from realism to whimsical and had completed several projects for companies such as Current, Dayspring and PCCrafter.  Three dimensional works, murals, kitchen products and clothing have also been among her accomplishments. Besides spending time with her daughter and her family, she loves spending her time creating.   

Groucho played the Majestic as a vaudeville act.

You may remember Gonzales Gonzales from John Wayne movies.  He provided comedy in Rio Bravo, Hellfighters, and other John Wayne flicks.

Here is where he got his start as an actor when he appeared as a contestant on 'You Bet Your Life'. Groucho Marx takes advantage of the situation based upon the audience laughter.

John Wayne saw the show and put Gonzales in his movies. 

Please click the link below:

Gonzales Gonzales Marx

I own two historic theater The Majestic Theater in Streator IL and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.  Estimated costs are a million dollars each.  The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.  The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register.

I am seeking funding for both projects.

My business plan calls for working with the non profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry as a way to educate and create employment in the entertainment industry. 

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50 plus mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story.   We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies.

The National acts that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities.  Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.  

Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live.  This is classic economic development.

Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry.

I am hopeful you see the benefits that I am proposing and help me find a way to fund the projects.  

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will look forward to hearing any suggestions or opportunities you may have to offer.

I may be reached at

Katie Troccoli  katiet1@sbcglobal.net of call or text 815-228-2058


Wells Fargo Article Explaining Opportunity Zones

On December 19, 2018 I, with my development team, met with the City Manager of Streator Scot Wrighton.  I was told the City of Streator had no Tax Increment Funds to help re develop the Majestic Theatre.  

On November 13, 2019 I met with the new City Manager of Streator, IL David Plyman.  I was told by Mr. Plyman that the prior City Manager Scot Wrighton had entered into the re development Tax Increment Financing agreement with Beautiful City LLC (Eagle 6) and the Northpoint Development that has cash strapped the City of Streator.  The City of Streator is having a difficult time meeting their financial obligations.  That the downtown TIF (which the Majestic Theatre is in) is supporting the Northpoint TIF.  I was told the City of Streator borrowed money to develop the Northpoint TIF.  Once again, I was told the City has no Tax Increment Financing funds to help with the re development of the Majestic Theatre located in the Downtown Streator TIF. 

TIF Agreement for Eagle 6

Streator Business Development Agreement



The impact and importance of the performing arts on the cultural and economic life of American cities has been felt since the very first theater and vaudeville houses sprung up on Main Streets throughout the country." ”

Michael R. Schnoering

Starts Wednesday

Starts Wednesday: A Day in the Life of a Movie Palace recalls 1976, the year I spent with my husband and a group of similarly-misguided friends, trying to save the St. George Theater, a classic 2672-seat movie palace in New York City’s most neglected borough, Staten Island.

By Victoria Hallerman

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