Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:42
Last February, this website mentioned the big news about some Chicago radio guys who were about to see a bright national spotlight, as "The Abe Kanan Show" was being given a three-day tryout
on the Howard Stern Sirius/XM channel "Howard 101." That tryout went incredibly well and has paid off for the stars of the radio program. Starting this coming Saturday, June 11th, "The Abe Kanan Show" becomes the newest addition to Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Beginning this weekend, "The Abe Kanan Show" can be heard weekly on the satellite radio network, airing LIVE & uncensored from Chicago each Saturday at 4:00pm and running for two hours straight. Although Sirius/XM is headquartered in New York City, the show will be done locally, broadcasting from Chicago's JBTV Studios. Since the new Sirius/XM version of "The Abe Kanan Show" is completely live and not a podcast, fans are encouraged to call in and be part of the fun. The number to join the party is 1-888-STERN-101 between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
The entire cast that fans have come to love from the regular "Abe Kanan Show" podcasts: Abe Kanan, Ryan Manno, Dan "Bass" Levy and Sam Kanan will be part of the program each Saturday. Regular podcast segments such as warped Hollywood reports from "Danny Gaga" and Abe's hilarious prank phone calls are part of the broadcast, as well.
"The Abe Kanan Show" podcasts began back in November 2009 and came out on a semi-regular basis for over a year. Abe Kanan and his friends put out a fast-paced podcast that gained in popularity. The show had drawn interest from numerous outlets -- locally, out of market and nationally -- because of its increasing popularity. It was rumored that the previous management at WGN-AM was strongly considering adding the show to its weekend line-up, prior to the regime change there.
Kanan, Manno, and Levy, all Chicago radio veterans, as well as, Abe's brother Sam, and other special guests (including former WZZN & WKQX host Sludge), get together to talk about life & current events with a slightly twisted view. The past podcasts can be found on Abe Kanan's website, AbeIsAwesome.com
, as well as here on the podcast page
of Chicagoland Radio & Media.
Abe Kanan, a Columbia College graduate, was at WKQX-FM/Q101 from 2001-2006, where he first started as an intern before being hired on by the station. He was a creative producer doing voices, characters (including his most famous one, the bratty kid Magellan) and funny phone calls for Mancow's show and others on the station. From 2007-2009, he was the morning show co-host with Chicago's Sludge in Richmond, VA's WDYL-FM/Y101 before station cutbacks moved the morning show to afternoons, releasing Kanan. (The station has since flipped formats, releasing everybody.) In addition to his podcasts, Kanan has also been dipping his toes into stand-up comedy around Chicagoland. His prank phone calls are now being syndicated out to morning shows at radio stations in other markets, including stations in Houston and Philadelphia
Ryan Manno, a North Central College graduate, may be best remembered for his many years at WKQX-FM/Q101, where he had numerous positions, including being a cast member on Mancow's Morning Madhouse, and even more so for hosting radio shows both on his own and with his younger brother Kevin Manno. (Kevin Manno now works for MTV
in New York City, hosting their new entertainment show, "The Seven.") Ryan Manno was with Q101 from 2001 to 2009. He since then has gone on to be the new host for JBTV for the last year, has been the Music Curator and the host of his Wednesday "One Man(no) Show" at the the Angels & Kings bar (now located inside the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago at 230 N. Michigan Ave.), and was recently hired
as the Program Coordinator for the Chicago-based experiential marketing firm All Terrain.
The deep voice of Dan Levy has been heard all over Chicago radio for over a decade. He started out as a morning host on WCRX-FM, was a producer and occasional host for WSCR-AM, was a producer and contributor to Mancow's morning show on WKQX-FM (where he was nicknamed "Ballz"), has been a traffic reporter for Shadow-Metro, and a sports reporter for various shows, including Geoff Pinkus' overnight radio show. He also runs Levy Media and has produced numerous podcasts for other people including Chet Coppock, and even recently began doing his own podcasts called "When The Levy Breaks
." Additionally, Levy, a Columbia College graduate, works at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and does fill-in Public Address announcing at DePaul University sporting events.
Sam Kanan is Abe's older brother, who somehow keeps getting roped into appearing on the show each week, against his better judgment.
In a statement tonight
, Abe Kanan said: "Thanks to everyone for the continued support. We would not be here without you guys. ... Thanks to Howard Stern, Tim Sabean, Jim Mcclure, and the whole Howard Stern Crew for giving us this amazing opportunity. This will be the radio show that I have always wanted to do since starting in radio 10 years ago. UNLEASH THE FURY!!!"