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Jim Leach is a lifelong Springfield resident whose first radio gig was at WMAY -- in 1983! After a stint as a reporter at Channel 20, he rejoined the station part-time in 1990, and began working there full-time in 1995. A year later, he began hosting his daily talk show. These days, Springfield wakes up with Jim and his unique blend of fiery conversation, newsmaking interviews, hard-hitting facts and unbridled opinion. Jim is a multiple winner of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award and the Illinois Times Readers' Choice Award.


Today's Show: Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th... in a year that ends in '13.  It's like DOUBLE bad luck.  Or maybe the bad luck cancels each other out.  So you've got an equal chance of today being good or sucking.  Just like every other day.

 

Improve your odds by listening to the show this morning.  It's No Holds Barred (with, I expect, lots of lively handcuffed-priest talk), plus we'll talk by phone with our favorite Beatle sister, Louise Harrison, who's bringing her Beatle tribute band to Springfield this weekend (and we'll have tickets to give away).

 

Plus Butthead of the Week in the 8am hour (cast your vote in comments).  Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mayor Mike Houston is in studio with us this morning from 7-8am; I have lots of questions for him, but we'll take time for your questions, too!  We'll also talk about what would be the "least bad option" regarding the crisis in Syria.

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hey, it's been a while, but I'm back on the blog!  On today's show, Dan Ford of the Springfield Education Association joins us to talk about the new teachers contract and what it means, for this year, and next.

 

I will also eat crow about my botched prediction on Gov. Pat Quinn and the new higher speed limit.  But I can explain -- I had a momentary lapse where I thought the governor might be intellectually consistent from one day to the next. (I won't make that mistake again.)

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Monday, July 8, 2013

Today it's Callerpalooza!  No guests lined up, but lots of time to talk about hot issues of the day, including whether you plan to get a concealed carry permit once it (most likely) becomes law this week.  We'll also talk about papal miracles and the interesting things you find in obituaries these days.

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Friday, June 28, 2013

We are No Holds Barred this morning!  Your calls on whatever is on your mind.  We will also give you an update on the latest recommendations from a local commission aimed at making government operations more efficient. And in the 8am hour, of course it's Butthead of the Week!

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Coming off a very busy day of news yesterday, we'll talk about those big stories... how will the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage affect Illinois law?  And how will it affect you?

And we'll hear what newly-announced candidate for governor Bill Brady thinks about issues that he'd rather we weren't thinking about.

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A busy show today in the downtown studio -- State's Attorney John Milhiser joins us to talk about concealed carry after 7am.  Then in the 8am hour, State Senator Bill Brady will be with us by phone to talk about his third try to become governor of Illinois.  In between, your phone calls on a lot of hot topics.

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Monday, June 24, 2013

Today could be the start of something big along MacArthur Boulevard; Ald. Joe McMenamin joins us to talk about this morning's groundbreaking for the new Hy-Vee store.  We'll also discuss the "$100K Club" of state workers making six figures -- are they ALL overpaid?

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Monday, June 17, 2013

Motorcycles and gambling -- no, it's not how I spent my Father's Day (although I really should write that down as possibilities for next year).  Instead, it's a partial list of what's on the agenda for today.

 

We will also have a final update on Relay for Life ahead of the big event this weekend.  And we'll catch you up on all the big weekend stories during the Morning Jolt.

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

Today's Show: Thursday, June 13, 2013

He's one of the best-known cops in Sangamon County -- and he wants to be your next sheriff.  Wes Barr is live in studio with us just after 7 this morning to talk about his candidacy to succeed Neil Williamson.

 

We'll also talk about an interesting new trend -- Illinois prosecutors who don't see the need to wait for laws to be passed or court deadlines to expire before they start applying their own standards to enforcing the laws on the books. 

 

And you'll get a preview of the Chatham Homecoming, starting tonight!

 

Listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or streaming at www.wmay.com; call in at 629-7970; and/or comment here.

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