Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:34
WGN-AM will be premiering a brand new radio show on Friday called "The Bomb Shelter." The new show is hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks' Left Winger/Forward Daniel Carcillo. The 60-minute program will not be a hockey talk show, however. "The Bomb Shelter" will feature Carcillo playing his favorite music, talking music history, personal stories, and have some special guests, including his Chicago teammates.
The debut show will take place on this coming Friday, December 2nd at approximately 11:00pm, following WGN-AM's broadcast of the Blackhawks/Islanders game and post game show. Future episodes will air following Blackhawks weekend games on WGN-AM.
For his first show, Daniel Carcillo will interview his father, Gino, and the two will talk about the history of the Carcillo family emigrating from Italy to Canada. He will play some Italian music, while connecting his family's musical past to his current musical tastes. Daniel Carcillo claims to enjoy all kinds of music, but his favorite is Classic Rock of the 60s & 70s. Future editions of the music-focused show will supposedly showcase some of Chicago's musical roots and history of blues & rock.
Daniel Carcillo, 26, is a native of King City, Ontario, Canada, a northern suburb of Toronto. He was drafted in 2003 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he has since played for the Phoenix Coyotes and the Philadelphia Flyers. Before the start of the current NHL season, Carcillo signed a one-year contract to play for the Chicago Blackhawks. A tough, physical player, Carcillo has already been suspended 5 times for a total of 12 games in his career, including 4 games last month.
In a statement put out this afternoon, Daniel Carcillo said: "I'm proud to be a member of the Blackhawks with the chance to broadcast a show on WGN Radio in the great city of Chicago. I've always been fascinated with songs and songwriters that tell a story and this will be an amazing outlet to tell my own story through music. When I first walked into the WGN Radio music vault and saw all that classic vinyl, I was like a kid in a candy shop."
"The Bomb Shelter" -- a play on Carcillo's nickname, "Car Bomb" -- is a radical departure for WGN-AM on a few levels. First of all, it will be a music-intensive show, something WGN Radio has not seen in a great many years, since the majority of music programming left the AM dial decades ago. Secondly, the shows will all be pre-recorded. For most of its existence, WGN Radio has prided itself on being live & local 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Out of its entire line-up, only two weekend shows are not live, and only one of those is not local. This will be another non-live show, hosted by a person who has only lived in Chicago for a few months.
Fellow NHL and music fan Tom Langmyer, who also happens to be WGN-AM Vice-President/General Manager, is said to be personally working with Daniel Carcillo on the development of the new program. He believes that this new experiment will resonate with WGN's audience. Said Langmeyer today: "Daniel is such an interesting, multi-faceted person and this show will be a great way for fans to see a completely different side of his personality. He's a natural in the studio and his love of music, radio, playing drums, learning guitar and exploring Chicago will really connect with listeners."