Podcast: Dec. 31, 2011

Skinny & Houli visit with old friends in this very special New Years broadcast, featuring legendary Irish footballer P.J. O’Dea from County Clare, retired Chicago cop and raconteur Jack Wright, and our own “History Detective” Rick Barrett. The stories flow in this retrospective extravaganza and the lads toss in their very popular “Who Cares?” segment […]

Podcast: Dec. 24, 2011

It’s the Skinny & Houli Christmas Show and it is a classic, featuring not only “Der Bingle” singing White Christmas and Christmas in Killarney, but the childhood Christmas memories of Skinny & Houli that will leave you laughing and reaching for your glass. Listen to the lads banter through Christmas stories that you won’t hear […]

Podcast: Dec. 17, 2011

Skinny & Houli welcome Michael Cino to the show. He’s in the midst of reviving the Chicago chapter of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and he’s concentrating on Lincoln Park parishes to get the Society up to speed and hopefully commandeer a Northside Irish Parade as soon as they can. Houli arrives fresh from […]

Podcast: Dec. 10, 2011

Skinny & Houli chew the fat with 2nd Ward Alderman (and Mendel alum) Bob Fioretti as they talk about his great work over the last several years turning his ward around. Also, plenty of Blago banter, cursing out of the creeps who brutalized our pal Father Danny Mallette at St. Margaret of Scotland and the […]

Podcast: Dec. 3, 2011

Skinny & Houli welcome 38th Ward Alderman Tim Cullerton to the studio and they discuss his 40-year career as a union electrician for the City of Chicago and Hawthorne Racecourse. Tim tells us about his family and all the Cullerton connections in Chicago politics, going back to the early 1840’s in Chicago. We spice it […]

Podcast: Nov. 26, 2011

Skinny & Houli host their Christmas party at Hawthorne Racecourse and welcome Hawthorne President Tim Carey to talk about another attempt at bringing jobs to Illinois with slots at the racetracks legislation that Governor Quinn can’t seem to understand. Tricia The Loop Rock Girl also drops by and Skinny recruits her for the Polar Plunge […]

Podcast: Nov. 19, 2011

Skinny & Houli lay out the details for their Christmas Party taping at Hawthorne Racecourse on Friday Nov. 25th, the day after Thanksgiving. Join us as we play the ponies, connect with our audience, jump on a $30 open bar and buffet for 3 hours as we kick off the holiday season.  We start taping […]

Podcast: Nov. 12, 2011

Skinny and Houli welcome their old friend Peter Nolan to the show to talk about his book, “Campaign!” Nolan is a retired broadcast journalist who covered politics in Chicago and found his stories in the back alleys, basements, and kitchens of Chicago. His award winning work at NBC and CBS in Chicago made him a […]

Podcast: Nov. 5, 2011

Big news from the Skinny & Houli Show today. Irish American audiences can now have twice as much fun each weekend as the Skinny & Houli Show expands to broadcasting every Sunday night from 8:05PM-9PM on WCEV 1450 AM. The Sunday night edition of The Skinny & Houli Show is a re-broadcast of their immensely […]

Podcast: Oct. 29, 2011

It’s a spooky Halloween show.  Skinny calls in from Florida as Houli welcomes special guest, award-winning Chicago Sun-Times Obituary writer Maureen O’Donnell. All of us read the “Irish comics”, i.e., the death notices, every day and Maureen enlightens us with stories of some very lively dead people she has discovered over the years. The world […]

Podcast: Oct. 22, 2011

Skinny returns after getting wounded in the marathon and we welcome Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton to talk about his village. The breeze gets shot, the fat chewed, and we kick around bank robbery, Sadam Husein’s last words, and the keys to the salvation of the Universe. A mighty “Who Cares?” and Skinny brings his […]

Podcast: Oct. 15, 2011

Skinny is still recovering from the Chicago Marathon so this week Houli rides solo with an able assist from producer Bill Wooten. Without Skinny to smooth out his rough edges, Houli blasts out of the gate castigating Northwestern University for refusing health benefits to a heterosexual couple while embracing the new “civil unions” for Bruce […]

Best of Skinny & Houli – Part I & II

As Skinny & Houli head into our third year of broadcasting, here’s some clips of some of our favorite guests who dropped by the studio in our first year. Skinny and Houli on video exemplifies why these guys have “faces for radio”. Check out the best of Skinny & Houli parts I and II and […]

Podcast: Oct. 8, 2011

Skinny preps for Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, his 40th and “last”, he says. Houli will spend marathon day on the couch “where God intended!” Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and retired Tribune scribe Bill Crawford makes a guest appearance on the show and drops a bomb on Northwestern University defrocked professor David Protess and his Project […]

Podcast: Oct. 1, 2011

Skinny & Houli welcome City of Chicago Treasurer Stephanie Neely to the show as she explains the upcoming Small Business Expo next week at The UIC Forum. Then we’re joined by Boxing Coach Glenn Leonard from Mercy Home who gives us a preview of the bouts coming up on Oct. 15th for the big boxing […]

Podcast: Sept. 24, 2011

Who goes hiking along the Iran-Iraq border? Not Skinny & Houli listeners, that’s for sure. In our continual quest to stamp out the very prevalent goo-goo trend in our society Skinny & Houli set the record straight on a number of issues including the last meal for the condemned. Good Morning Ireland co-hostess Bernie Bernadette […]

Podcast: Sept. 17, 2011

Skinny calls in from his Quigley Alumni golf outing, where a couple of his classmates actually became priests! After an exhaustive analysis of the talents of Rosie O’Donnell, Skinny tells Houli about the recent day when Rosie’s car broke down on the expressway and a friendly Chicago policeman explained to her how to get to […]

Podcast: Sept. 10, 2011

Skinny & Houli welcome a new sponsor, Marquette Bank, and interview grandparents advocate Peggy O’Connor. We remember where we were on 9/11 and pay tribute to all the first responders who gave their lives for our country. According to our obit scout PJ O’Dea it was slow week for wakes and we crack ourselves up […]

Skinny & Houli Fall Preview

Football is back and pretty soon the frost will be on the pumpkins. Stay tuned every Saturday or catch our podcast for more of the greatest 55 minutes in show business on The Skinny & Houli Show. We continue to make progress regarding the potential resurrection of The Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade and […]

Podcast: Sept. 3, 2011

No guests, no music, no Net! It’s just Skinny and Houli on the high wire of affable repartee and the result is a funny and affectionate shooting of the breeze between two old pals about their city. Add in an extended edition of Who Cares and Who Died and a rundown of upcoming events and […]

Podcast: August 27, 2011

Taping live from Soldier Field for the Annual High School Football Kick-Off Classic, Skinny & Houli welcomed newly appointed Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to talk football and crime on the streets of Chicago. Mike Kelly, Chicago Park District Superintendent drops by to talk up this annual event and then Houli’s old coach and football […]

Podcast: August 20, 2011

On the road at Cork & Kerry at the Park In Bridgeport! Skinny and Houli hang with all the Elvises going to the game at Sox Park and a huge crowd turns out to laugh and gargle. We’re joined on the air by Billy Guide from Cork & Kerry, Bridgeport legend Baby Al, Homicide Dick […]

Podcast: August 13, 2011

On today’s show Jim Davoren of The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee joins us. Jim tells us of the recent groundswell generated by our own Skinny Sheahan that looks like it might result in the resurrection of the annual parade after an absence of two years. Nothing set in stone yet, but […]

Podcast: August 6, 2011

On today’s show Skinny & Houli roll out their plan for the resurrection of the Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade was discontinued in 2009 due to some extreme hooliganism by outside agitators, which led to the demise of the beloved parade. Now, after two years of ignominy, there’s been talk of reviving […]

Cover Story: South Side Parade

Skinny Sheahan promised the Sun-Times two years ago that the parade would return and it looks like he’s going to make that happen. Almost a hundred supporters showed up at The Beverly Art Center last Monday night as Skinny and Bill Figel, of The Beverly Art Center, led the group through a brainstorming session dedicated […]

Podcast: July 30, 2011

Skinny & Houli taped live at the Catholic Charities golf outing earlier in the week out at Cog Hill in Lemont. Tune in as the lads perform their show amidst 400 golfers eating and drinking after the day of golf. Skinny and Houli spent all day on the 14th hole for a par 3 challenge […]

Summer Update

Hi everybody, and thanks for tuning into The Skinny & Houli Show. This summer has been the road trip of all time as we take the show to remote locations for taping and meeting more listeners of the show, starting with the Hooley at Jack Desmond’s Irish Pub a few weeks ago, this week’s taping […]

Podcast: July 23, 2011

Fresh from a raucous night last week at jack Desmond’s Irish Pub, Skinny & Houli return for a behind the scenes peek at the motion picture business in Chicago. We talk “show biz” stuff with City of Chicago Film Office Director Rich Moskal. Paddy Houlihan joins the show today and Skinny calls in from a […]

Podcast: July 16, 2011

The Skinny & Houli show takes their act on the road to Jack Desmond’s Irish Pub in Chicago Ridge and a wild crowd turned out to cheer them on. This might well be the most raucous broadcast done by the daffy duo. A who’s who of Southside Irish, and even some brave pilgrims who drove […]

Podcast: July 09, 2011

The Skinny & Houli Show are brought to you each week by a host of great sponsors.  This week, we sat down with our good friend and show sponsor Boz O’Brien sharing a few laughs about his 35+ years at the helm of the Reilly’s Daughter Bars. Following our chat with Boz, we head on […]

Podcast: July 2, 2011

Tune into to today’s Skinny & Houli Show to hear IAHC Executive Director Tim McDonnell tout the line-up of entertainment and craic for next weekend’s (July 8,9,&10), Irish Fest at The Irish American Heritage Center. It’s their biggest event of the year and they’ve brought in some big-time talent to wow the crowds. Skinny is […]

Podcast: June 25, 2011

Tune into the Skinny & Houli Show today and get an earful of mobologist John “Bulldog” Drummond as we chew the fat with the legend himself and discuss Tony Arcardo, Weasel Ryan, and other Chicago hoodlums. We’ll also be riffing on the Whitey Bulger capture, an extended Who Cares, and details of the most famous […]

Podcast: June 18, 2011

Happy Father’s Day everybody and please tune into listen to Skinny and Houli interview the daughter of one of the most famous fathers of all time, the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. We were lucky enough to catch up with Rasheda Ali while she was here visiting her hometown of Chicago. Rasheda lives in […]

All business here…

Hi everybody, and thanks for listening to The Skinny & Houli Show. Please tell your friends about the show and get them to “like” us or “friend” us or whatever the heck works on Facebook. Well it’s officially Summer, for us anyway, and we’re busy lining up guests for our show for the rest of […]

Podcast: June 11, 2011

Hi everybody, tune in for another trailblazing radio extravaganza as the Skinny & Houli Show welcome Mike Danahey, co-author of “Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs”. Mike’s book, is a look, back at the history and hilarity of some of the legendary Irish saloons throughout the years and it’s packed with photos of the bars we’ve all […]

Podcast: June 4, 2011

Tune in to the podcast of today’s Skinny & Houli to hear Chicago and St. Rita legend Tim “The Big Guy” Maher promoting Chicago 16inch softball in the land of its’ birth. Tim is a great supporter of Catholic League Prep sports and the Commissioner of Chicago’s 16inch Softball. Tim is also organizing reunions of […]

Podcast: May 28, 2011

Skinny & Houli kick off the first unofficial weekend of Chicago with special guests John Griffin and Barney Falin of Chicago Gaelic Park out in Oak Forest.  John and Barney are on the board of the park committee and this weekend, we’re in the midst of the annual Irish Fest, its 25th year! They’ve really […]

Podcast: May 22, 2011

And we’re back, with another weekly dose of the famed, the fabulous, the Skinny and Houli Chicago Show! This week, we of course get our hits on the Arnold and poke around in our weekly mope watch.  More importantly, we get to the good stuff with who’s doin’ good in the ‘hood.  Our long-time pal, […]

Podcast: May 14, 2011

The podcast is up but don’t have much time to write the little ditty for this week because it’s Saturday and I’m busy.  Skinny and Houli had a great conversation with Abdon Pallasch, political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Will be back to re-write this post but until then, just give it a listen will […]

Podcast: May 7, 2011

In the spirit of Mother’s Day weekend (sort of) and remembering your parents, we sat down with local author and musician, Stephen Davern. Author of two children’s books Grandpa is a White Sox Fan, Daddy is a White Sox Fan, I am a White Sox Fan and yeah there’s one for the Cubs too.  We […]

An update, Pal!

Hi everybody, your old friend Mike Houlihan here and thanks for visiting our website once again. One of the great pleasures of doing The Skinny & Houli Show, the voice of the Chicago Irish community, is all the laughs we have along the way. Skinny and I are definitely having fun and the fact that […]

Podcast: April 30, 2011

And we’re back, with another jammed-packed show! Jammed because it’s hard to fit all of this great Chicago radio show into just 52 minutes. This week, we have some really cool guests. First, we talk with Garry MacDonncha and Laura Ni Cheallaigh, who visiting Chicago working on a documentary on President Barack Obama’s Chicago roots. […]

Podcast: April 23, 2011

The Skinny & Houli Show is brought to you each week by all of our great sponsors. In a bit of celebration, we wanted to talk this week with some of our good friends and key sponsors, Tim Carey, of Hawthorne Race Course, and Bob Flood, of Flood Brothers Disposal. These are the guys that […]

Podcast: April 16, 2011

This week, on the Skinny & Houli Show, we had a great chat with the lovely Fiona McEntee. Amazingly, we were able to convince Finoa to take a bit of time out of her very busy schedule as Chicago’s best immigration attorney and Irish community activist, to join Skinny and Houli for a chat about […]

Podcast: April 9, 2011

The Skinny & Houli Show returns for another hour of Chicago radio mayhem and the dish on the south side who’s who and what’s what.  This week, we’re honored to have long-time Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath rejoin us to talk about his new project at one of the south side’s most honorable institutions, […]

Podcast: April 2, 2011

This week, we sat down with Tony Camrillo and Mark Thompson from Chicago’s Navy Pier.  There’s really a ton of great attractions and fun events headed to the Pier in 2011. Cirque Shanghai, Beer Garden Bands and a special Taste of Tall Ships in 2011.  This sparked Houil’s attention as he wants to audition for […]

Podcast: March 26, 2011

Wow, another knock-out show! We start with a bit of boxing news about our good friend, Tom Zbikowski. This northwest suburban Arlington Heights native is headed into another boxing gig tonight in Atlantic City. Then the boys sit down with Dan Smith of St. Patrick’s High School for a very interesting interview of the history […]

Podcast: March 19, 2011

Wow, Skinny and Houli are back for our post St. Patrick’s Day Show.   We were very excited to sit down with Siobhan Carroll, Chicago’s Rose of Tralee and we discussed the recent Chicago Polar Plunge where we all took a dunk and a bit about her father, show band star Frankie Carroll. Later in the […]

St. Patrick’s Day update

Hi everybody, hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day and I also hope nobody spent it in the Emergency Room. Hey that sounds like a great name for a bar. “Honey, I’m gonna be late getting’ home, I’m in the Emergency Room!” Skinny and I are thrilled to be sponsored by those incredible […]

Podcast: March 12, 2011

The Skinny and Houli Show return to their downtown Chicago studios for a new episode of the greatest Chicago radio show ever.  This week, we sat down with the lovely and talented Irish musician, Kathleen Keane.  We discuss her new album release, upcoming performance at the Mayne Stage on the north side and of course […]