I mentioned this website on the show the other day and I've received several emails about it. Wine Answers is somewhat unusual in that it doesn't look like most of the other wine websites. It's bright, colorful, and simply designed. There's a nice food and wine pairing guide, so you can choose a particular food or sauce and you'll get some general suggestions for a good match. The reason we mentioned it on the program was because of the special frozen food entree wine matcher. It's a great gimmick-- and let's admit it: many of us eat out of a box more often than we'd like. Having Macaroni and Cheese? Try a rich and fruity Chardonnay. Lasagna? Find a solid red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Gris. You can also find some good rules about wine. First and foremost... drink what you like. I'll raise my glass (of Merlot) to that.

Chicago Radio Time Capsule: WMAQ

WMAQ Radio disappeared from the airwaves in August 2000. It's a sad moment for many reasons. WMAQ was one of the oldest stations in the country, broadcasting since 1922. It was one of the flagship stations of the National Broadcasting Company. NBC built a huge production center at Chicago's Merchandise Mart. WMAQ was the home of some of radio's most well-known shows in the golden age: Amos 'n Andy originated in Chicago, as did Don McNeill's Breakfast Club on NBC Blue and Fibber McGee and Molly began production at the Merchandise Mart studios. Radio declined with the advent of television, of course. WMAQ spent some time playing adult rock and then country music. In the late 1980's NBC sold all of its radio stations. Westinghouse bought WMAQ, turning it into an all-news outlet. The vast ownership changes of the 1990's resulted in WMAQ coming under the CBS umbrella. And in 2000, CBS made the decision to replace the format and retire the call letters. The end of the NBC Radio Network in 1999 had marked the end of the oldest radio network in the country-- and almost without doubt, the most illustrious. For radio aficionados, the end of WMAQ in Chicago was a deeper blow. The site features some great pictures and audio clips from WMAQ over the decades.
NBC at the Merchandise Mart

Speaking of the Merchandise Mart, NBC built what was literally a palace for broadcasting there in 1930. Rich Samuels, who was a reporter for several years at NBC 5 in Chicago, has built a great site devoted to the history of broadcasting in Chicago. This section is a fantastic pictorial of the NBC studios in their golden age.