Ji Suk Yi
Ji Suk Yi is the news and social media producer on Windy City LIVE. Ji Suk was born in South Korea, moving to the U.S. when she was five years old. She grew up in North Carolina eating southern soul food alongside kimchi.
Ji Suk attended Salem College and went on to get her law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But she soon realized her heart was truly set on journalism and decided Chicago was the best city in the nation to learn about news. For Ji Suk, it was love at first sight.
Ji Suk thinks the best part of being out in the field was getting to meet everyday Chicagoans who had unique stories or who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Among her favorite celebrity interviews are Betty White, Elton John, and Evan Lysacek.
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Originally from the UK, Adam Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy is long on metaphor and analogy and short on common sense.
He has appeared on Doug Loves Movies, The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival.
In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Standup in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014.
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DJ Scary Lady Sarah
A native Chicagoan (with a 7-year stretch of splitting time between Chicago & Berlin,) Scary Lady Sarah has been a professional working club DJ since 1988. Her monthly club night Nocturna is now in its 25th year & going strong. She has been a featured DJ at some of the most prestigious dark music/goth events in the world, including: the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany; the UK's Whitby Gothic Weekend; the Convergence festivals; and all across clubs in North America and Europe.
Scary Lady Sarah's main club event is NOCTURNA, an 18+ dark alternative dance night held once every other month in Chicago. For Nocturna, Scary Lady Sarah spins a highly request-driven mix of current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie & more.
Aside from being a DJ, Scary Lady Sarah has presented hundreds of live bands in Chicago, under her American Gothic Productions banner, along with scores of other club nights & parties. Her love of music entered a new realm when her sweetheart, William Faith, taught her to play guitar and they formed the band The Bellwether Syndicate in 2012.
Her "secret daytime identity" for the past 21 years is as partner in the Chicago floatation tank center, SpaceTime Tanks. She is vegan, loves to travel, and is happily mother only to felines & friends.
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Shannon Cason is a writer and performer from Detroit sharing his stories on large stages, dive bars, and small living rooms all around the country. Shannon is a host, Mainstage storyteller and GrandSLAM Champion with The Moth.
As a contributor to NPR’s Snap Judgment, he was awarded their Best Performance of 2013 and he has appeared on The Moth Radio Hour.
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Pie baker, soup maker. Petter of cats, wrestler of dogs. Road trip queen. Pedaler of bicycles. Visiter of grandmothers. Harbinger of cheer. Devourer of books.
Ellen LeKostaj aspires to get her motorcycle license, teach her old dog new trick #38, and tell you a story about that one time where everything fell to pieces and she laughed and picked up the universe and set it right again.
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Steve Frisbie has earned his reputation as one of Chicago's finest singers. His performances with Chicago powerhouse Tributosaurus are marked by his soulful dynamism, dancing between gentle ballads and soaring vocal calisthenics with skill and passion.
But it's the shining songs and incomparable harmonies of his band Frisbie that had critics around the country heaping praise on their albums The Subversive Sounds of Love and New Debut.
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During her first CHIRP show ever (ever ever), she found herself saying "DJ debut" throughout the set. After the show, she realized that it had a ring to it and decided to stick with it as an unofficial name to her show.
Hip-hop and 80s music are her favorite categories to play, but she loves to learn about new stuff.
She's a sports fan. You would be, too, if you grew up in Chicago during the Bulls dynasty. Fantasy football newbie. She drinks Johnnie Walker Black, neat, is a TV freak and loves comedy.
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