Podcast: Dec. 28, 2013

It’s the Skinny & Houli New Years Show and to keep the holiday mood rolling, Peter and Eamonn Brady return to the show to perform several classics, including “I’ll Tell Me Ma”, “The Star of The County Down”, “Whiskey in the Jar”, and Eamonn performs a soulful rendition of “The Dutchman”. Later in the show, […]

Podcast: Dec. 21, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome new sponsor, CF Bruckner & Son Plumbing, to the show and then visit with old friends this Christmas, Eamonn & Peter Brady from the legendary 1970’s folk band The Brogue. The lads are in fine voice as they sing “Risin’ Of The Moon”, “Jug of Punch”, and a lovely “Carrickfergus” from Pete. […]

Podcast: Dec. 14, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome All-Ireland Champion fiddler Liz Carroll to the show to talk about her new CD “On the Offbeat”, lizcarroll.com, and hear her tell stories of growing up in Visitation parish on the Southside with her brother Tom and Irish parents. Liz performs several tunes from the new CD and even favors the […]

Podcast: December 7, 2013

Plumbers Union Local 130 Business Manager and Chairman of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade,  Jim Coyne, visits Skinny & Houli with a bombshell! This years St. Pat’s Queen Contest will take place on Sunday, January 19th, a full month earlier than years past. This seismic shift is great news for all of Chicagoland because now […]

Podcast: Nov. 30, 2013

It’s the Skinny & Houli Thanksgiving weekend show and the lads welcome the inimitable Boz O’Brien, proprietor of the legendary saloon Reilly’s Daughter as Boz talks up the re-appearance of Johnny Lattner’s 1953 Heisman Trophy at Reilly’s in Midway airport for the next several weeks. Skinny, Houli, and Boz all trade stories about Lattner thru […]

Podcast: Nov. 23, 2012

Skinny & Houli visit with Cook County States Attorneys Peg Ogarek and John Maher, who prosecuted the pair of criminals who attacked Irish exchange student Natasha McShane and her friend Stacy Jurich. Get the inside details of this case and the interaction of the Irish American community in helping. How did the prosecutors get Marcy […]

Podcast: Nov. 16, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome back Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC as sponsors and announce that Reilly’s Daughter will be hosting Johnny Lattner’s Heisman Trophy all this weekend at Reilly’s Daughter in Midway Airport. Then author John Engle drops by to promote his new book “Trinity Student Pranks: A History of Mischief & Mayhem” and tell us about his days […]

Podcast: Nov. 9, 2013

Show starts with a shout-out to Terry Mullen, owner of Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend, Indiana. Then Bill Kelly, Division 1 Prez of The Ancient Order of Hibernians stops by to promote the big fundraiser on Friday Nov. 22nd at the Irish American Heritage Center to help defray lifelong medical expenses for The Natasha McShane. […]

Podcast: Nov. 2, 2013

Skinny is MIA this week helping out with Special Olympics so Houli welcomes the terrific young band, THE GREAT WHISKEY PROJECT. They’re launching their new CD “There Will Be Music When We’re Dead” at The Abbey on Saturday Nov. 23rd. The five musicians favor us with a half dozen numbers from their new CD and […]

Podcast: Oct. 26, 2013

Skinny & Houli return from their whirlwind trip to Ireland and recap the highlights of their tour with 25 listeners from the show. You can actually hear the fatigue in their voices as the lads recount all the adventures that took place over the last seven days in Galway, Ennis, Killarney, and Dublin with a […]

Podcast: Oct. 19, 2013

Chicago firefighter and author Matt Drew joins Skinny & Houli to talk over the historic Chicago Stockyard fire and other highlights of his terrific new book, “Shadows of Chicago”. A boisterous group of southsiders show up at Lizzie’s to cheer Matt on and the ensuing party is the perfect send-off before Skinny & Houli leave […]

Podcast: Oct. 12, 2013

Skinny & Houli vamp, as their scheduled guest is a no-show, once again the lads are stood up by a gorgeous Irish gal! Free-styling their way through the show Skinny tells funny stories of the Chicago Marathon which he successfully completed on Sunday following the show. We preview our trip to Ireland with a rundown […]

Podcast: Oct. 6, 2013

International Irish dancer/fiddler Katie Grennan stops by the Skinny & Houli Show directly from her Taiwan tour of “Magic of The Dance”. Katie is a native of Wexford, just outside Pittsburgh but now resides in Chicago, by way of the fighting Irish of Notre Dame where she was on the dance team for four years before […]

Podcast: Sept. 28, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome Father Pat McDevitt, President of All Hallows College in Dublin, to the show. Father Pat grew up near Midway airport and now runs the college in Dublin, 13 acres right near Croke Park, where the Sheahan brothers stayed last year while in Erin for the Notre Dame game. Big fundraiser coming […]

Podcast: Sept. 22, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Tom Ryan to the show and he brings his 29 years as a firefighter with him as he tells us some great stories of Chicago history and the CFD. Ryan is an informative and articulate spokesman for the men and women who risk their lives […]

Podcast: Sept. 14, 2013

Former Senator Alan Dixon calls into the Skinny & Houli Show and tells some great stories of his 43 years in elected office. Terrific interview! Then 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Bridget Fitzgerald talks about her prep for throwing out the first pitch at this Saturday night’s Sox game for “Half Way to St. […]

Podcast: Sept. 7, 2013

Local 130 Plumbers Union Business Manager Jim Coyne visits Skinny & Houli to promote the 1st Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday Sept. 14th at Plumbers Hall, 1340 West Washington in Chicago. The party is a new fundraiser for The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and also will raise money for Miserecordia. Jim Coyne […]

Podcast: August 31, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome newest sponsor Mike Haggerty Buick-GMC to the show; Mike & Dick Haggerty are cousins and old friends of Skinny & Houli. Then Maureen Joyce & Karen Pride drop by from Midway Airport to promote the upcoming Special Olympics 5K run right on the runways of Midway on Sunday Sept. 15th. Midway […]

Podcast: Aug. 24, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome the cast of “MUSIC MAD” which returns Sept. 1st for an encore run at Chief O’Neill’s on Elston Avenue. Producer and writer of the show Adam Whiteman tells us how he researched the life of the great Chicago Police Commissioner Francis O’Neill and how O’Neill saved Irish music for generations to […]

Podcast: Aug. 17, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome their special musical guest for their Irish tour in October, Kathleen Keane back to the show. Kathleen gives us a preview of coming attractions on the tour and promises meetups with fellow Irish musicians and family all across Ireland. She will host a sign-up party for the tour during the session Sunday […]

Podcast: Aug. 11, 2013

Skinny & Houli announce that international superstar entertainer Kathleen Keane will be joining them on their tour of Ireland in October. Chicago Irish Sportscaster and the voice of the GAA Eamonn Kelly joins Skinny & Houli to fill us in on a great program for young hurlers from Gaelic Park. The World Hurling Gathering Championship […]

Podcast: Aug. 3, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome singer/musician/Guinness girl Kathleen Keane to the show today and it’s serendipity. Kathleen has just returned from Rio where she performed for Pope Francis at World Youth Day. Lots of Papal talk with Kathleen and she tells us she will be playing for the Pope again in Rome in October. Houli tells […]

Podcast: July 27, 2013

Skinny & Houli worked the Catholic Charities golf outing this week so we’ve gone to the archives to make another “Best of Skinny & Houli” for the weekend. This show features our interview with the newly crowned 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Bridget Fitzgerald and her court, including Lauren Catinella, Erin Mulcahy, Lauren Corry, and […]

Podcast: July 20, 2013

Skinny calls in from New Jersey where he is helping coordinate the annual  fundraiser for his nephew and tells us about the upcoming 45th anniversary events for Special Olympics. Paddy Houlihan sits in for Skinny and the two Houlis welcome back Chicago comic Sean Flannery to the show with tales of his hit comedy The Blackout Diaries. […]

Podcast: July 13, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome old friend Dan McGuinness to the show once again and he doesn’t disappoint as he delivers funny wisecracks and a pair of pitch perfect Credence Clearwater Revival tunes like “Bad Moon Rising” and Skinny’s fav “Centerfield”. Dan has his own radio show, Danimal Planet, on ChicagolandSportRadio.com and travels all over the world […]

Podcast: July 6, 2013

Skinny & Houli head into the 4th of July weekend with panache. Skinny calls in from his cookout headquarters in Long Beach and Houli chats with old friend Kathy O’Neill from the Irish American Heritage Center, who drops by the Wednesday Wiggle to talk up next weekend’s Irish Fest at the Heritage Center, July 12-13-14, […]

Podcast: June 29, 2013

Today’s show features the gorgeous voice of Michele McGuire, accompanied by Steve McNamee on mandolin. Michele and her band were performing at The Old St. Pat’s Block Party and dropped by the Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie’s to entertain the Skinny & Houli crowd. Michele is so talented that Skinny had to ask, “How do you […]

Podcast: June 22, 2013

Jim Riley of Riley’s Trick & Gifts returns for the third time to The Skinny & Houli Show and this time it’s a charm. Jim’s dad started the biz 76 years ago on the south side in 1937 and four generations later the Riley family is still providing folks with whoopee cushions, hand buzzers, and […]

Podcast: June 15, 2013

It’s Irish music up the wazoo on The Skinny & Houli Show as the lads celebrate Fathers Day and welcome legendary Irish musicians Sean Cleland and Jim De Wan of The Irish Music School of Chicago to the show. These guys are not only great musicians but bring lots of funny stories of Irish music in […]

Podcast: June 8, 2013

Skinny & Houli shout out to their old pal and History Detective Rick Barrett whose op ed piece in Monday’s Tribune reminded all that Constable James Quinn, the first Chicago policeman killed in the line of duty, still has not been given a place of honor by the Chicago Police Dept.  Then the lads are joined […]

Podcast: June 1, 2013

Navy Pier CEO Marilynn Kelly Gardner joins Skinny & Houli and tells about all the cool stuff on tap for the summer at Navy Pier  before she bails for the Hawks game. Navy Pier is the number one attraction in the state with more visitors than all the sports teams in Chicago combined. Nine million people […]

Podcast: May 25, 2013

Skinny & Houli welcome actor/sewer rat Barney Farrelly to the show as he promotes The Gaelic Park Irish Fest this weekend and also tells tales of his early days in Chicago and his adventures on the stage over the years at Gaelic Park. Barney fits right in with the lads when he mistakenly calls Skinny […]

Podcast: May 18, 2013

Mike “Pickle” Joyce sits in for Skinny, who is out this week due to plastic surgery. Pickle is the renowned boxing legend, founder and owner of Celtic Boxing Club as well as Leo HS boxing coach and he is spending the summer promoting the Police Athletic League boxing program to keep kids out of trouble. We’re […]

Podcast: May 11, 2013

It’s springtime in Chicago and another Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie McNeill’s as Healy Law Firm  joins us a sponsor. Billy Lawless, Chairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform stops by to tell us about his hopes for “comprehensive immigration reform” as Congress debates the new immigration bill. Billy enlightens us with facts and figures on the state of […]

Podcast: May 4, 2013

Skinny & Houli recap last weekend’s Rose of Tralee Selection when our guest this week, Bridget Rose Conway, and the official Skinny & Houli Rose, WON the 2013 Chicago Rose of Tralee crown! Bridget joins us on the air with her mom Maureen and tells us how she feels about going to Ireland. Houli plugs his […]

Podcast: April 27, 2013

Skinny & Houli give an update on the Natasha McShane case, a salute to Harry Costello, and welcome the addition of a new “rim shot” recording to the show to accentuate the jokes. Then they welcome singer/songwriter Kevin O’Donnell to preview his new CD “Deep Is The Well”, which Kevin will launch on May 11th at Chief […]

Podcast: April 20, 2013

It’s Rosie night at Lizzie McNeill’s as Skinny and Houli welcome Mary Kay Marmo, director of Chicago Rose of Tralee. But first we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Skinny brings special insight because he has run the BM over a dozen times. In addition to his running, Skinny averages 3 wakes and […]

Podcast: April 13, 2013

Skinny and Houli congratulate Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton on his re-election and Tim Desmond on his election as Oak Lawn Trustee and all their other friends who were elected last week. The lads welcome musicians Aislinn Gagliardi and Teresa Shine as they tell us stories of their Irish musical roots and then play some gorgeous […]

Podcast: April 6, 2013

Skinny returns from New Jersey and the lads welcome Leo High School President Dan McGrath and Development Director Pat Hickey, both guys from ‘da old neighborhood. Leo alum Ed Whalen, class of ’62, heard the Lions would be at Lizzie’s that night and makes a surprise appearance for a quick beer and quicker exit. Dan […]

Podcast: March 30, 2013

Skinny’s brother in law Frank Moster died in New Jersey so Paddy Houlihan, AKA Son of Houli, sits in for him again this week. We welcome the gorgeous Sara Martin, her dad John Martin, and Jimmy LoGiurto from Chicago Are Alternative Education League, (CAAEL) as they celebrate their 36th year of helping troubled kids. They’re doin’ […]

Podcast: March 23, 2013

Skinny recounts accusations of “fixing” the drawing for the person who gets to put the dye into the Chicago river turning it green on parade day when his assistant Bridget Conway won the coveted spot. Then the lads are joined by Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton, who contracted  West Nile Virus last July and has recovered after 7 months of rehab […]

Podcast: March 16, 2013

It’s the St. Patrick’s Day weekend edition of The Skinny & Houli Show and Lizzie McNeill’s is packed to the rafters with revelers. The lads give us a recap of a very hectic week including the premiere of Houli’s flick and the nuptials of his son Paddy as well banter about the American Ireland Partnership […]

Podcast: March 9, 2013

Houli mistakes Skinny for Barack Obama when he returns from Florida this week with a tan! But Skinny dove right back into work last Sunday, jumping into Lake Michigan with over 2500 other plungers helping Special Olympics raise over $850,000!   St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Bridget Fitzgerald visits with her court including Lauren Corry, […]

Podcast: March 2, 2013

PJ O’Dea’s 87th birthday telephone is answered by himself and we chat about his big date with Mary that day at McDonald’s. Then we’re visited once again by comedian Sean Flannery AKA world’s dumbest man, who reminisces about the night he walked off the roof of a three story building in Cleveland and broke his back in several […]

Podcast: February 23, 2013

International Irish tenor Paddy Homan drops by the Skinny & Houli Show to talk about comedian Ardal O’Hanlon upcoming gig at the Irish American Heritage Center next Thursday night. O’Hanlon was a co-star of the popular RTE Irish comedy, “Father Ted”. Paddy confides to us that when he was at Maynooth, the seminarians would all gather and […]

Podcast: February 16, 2013

Jam-packed show this weekend featuring comedian Matty Ryan telling tales of the South Side Irish parade day when he witnessed a kid running down the street with a whole corned beef tucked under his arm like a football while a horde of angry men chased him. Paddy Houlihan makes the announcement that he’s getting married next […]

Podcast: February 9, 2013

Skinny remains in Florida so Paddy Houlihan joins us as we rock to The Wednesday Wiggle at Lizzie McNeill’s. Delightful Irish gals Bridget Rose Conway and Margaret Rose Keating, representing The Chicago Rose of Tralee visit the Show to promote and encourage everybody to join them for the Annual Polar Plunge on March 3rd at North […]

Podcast: February 2, 2013

Skinny calls in from sunny Florida to taunt us about the weather as Paddy Houlihan sits in for him on the show this week. Brendan O’Connor of Big Guys Sausage on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn stops by to tell us all about his career as a sausage chef serving blue collar gourmet grub till 3AM […]

Podcast: January 26, 2013

Irish Musician of the decade and squeezebox virtuoso Jimmy Keane joins us for the show playing a multitude of tunes on his piano/accordion while filling us in on how his parents started him on the road to Irish music. Then Kathy O’Neill and Deirdre McNulty from the Irish American Heritage Center join Skinny & Houli to promote […]

Podcast: January 19, 2013

Real estate mogul Bill O’Kane visits with Skinny & Houli as they exchange stories of rites of passage: Irish lads and lassies renting apartments on the North Side for the first time away from home. Then Bill fills us in on his film investments, including ‘Snowmen” starring Ray Liotta and Christopher Lloyd; and “Machine Gun […]