Mancow Morning Show

Weekdays, 5:30 - 9:30am

Mancow Morning Show Crew

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Erich "Mancow" Muller leads the Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop, and he's reunited with his popular original cast members, Al Roker, Jr., Abe the Chameleon, and Cathy the Greek, and DJ Luv Cheez.

With the goal to lessen the drool tough morning commute, Mancow chose to return to the Chicago airwaves with his fast-paced riotous show that put him on the rock radio map from 1994 to 2006. Fans of the original "Mancow Madhouse" and brand new listeners are finding a new morning addiction!

"This is my final act [The Loop] because I don't believe I'll ever top this! Chicago is a tough city for commuters and our ONLY goal with this show is to provide an escape and make our listeners laugh."

Mancow's radio career began at KOKO in Kansas City, then mornings as Holy Moly on Q104 KC. He then ventured west to San Francisco, where he was on-air at WILD107. After leaving California, Mancow came to ROCK 103.5 in Chicago, where he created his now-famous radio show in 1994, and entertained Chicagoans from 1998 until 2006 on Rock 103.5, followed by Q101. The show was ultimately nationally syndicated in multiple markets. Mancow published his memoirs, "Dad, Dames, Demons, and a Dwarf", which became a New York Times Bestseller. The Mancow is also a family man, happily married and with 2 daughters.

Al Roker, Jr.

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Al Roker, Jr. is an original cast member of The Mancow Show as a sports anchor, sidekick, and producer for 18 years. And has a total of nearly 30 years of Chicago radio experience under his belt.

"Chicago is the greatest radio city in the world with the greatest listeners! It's a huge thrill to be on Chicago's iconic Classic Rock station belting out the words….97.9 … The … Loop!"

Al started his career as Ken Smith – yes that's his real name – at WGCI producing Power Gold Sunday for Radio Hall of Famer, Herb Kent. He also had a long stint on V103, first on the "V Morning Crew" and later "The Monds Squad." And WGN and The Game.

In 2015 Ken, aka, Al Roker, Jr rejoined Mancow Muller; you can hear him 6am to 10am on 97.9 WLUP The Loop.

He lives with his wife and kitty in the historic Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago's south side, on the same street as Barack Obama, although that still hasn't gotten the pot holes fixed on his block.


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Cathy Vlahogiannis has been a part of Chicago's television and scene for 16 years. She has been recognized by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences with three Emmy® Awards and 17 nominations. Her 10 years at Chicago's top television station, ABC 7, saw her produce and edit 190 North, the longest running weekly entertainment/lifestyle program in Chicago broadcast history; she created, produced and edited two programs for ABC's national Live Well television network, the cooking show, Let's Dish, and the home improvement show, Here's How Right Now. Cathy also produced live TV specials, like ABC 7's highest rated annual live broadcast, Countdown Chicago.

It all started for Cathy in 1998 in radio promotions at WKIE (KissFM), then at WKQX (Q101) when Cathy joined, co-hosted and produced Mancow's Morning Madhouse. Now, Cathy is reunited with Mancow as "Cathy the Greek" weekday mornings on 97.9 WLUP, The Loop.

"Mancow, Roker, Abe and Cheez – I love them all; they're like brothers to me! It's so great to be reunited with these guys! And, to be working at the best classic rock station in the country is a dream come true!"


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"I am having a blast 14 years later, in the building [Merchandise Mart] where it all started for me as an intern at age 19. Feels like I never left!"

Abe the Chameleon earned the tag chameleon for he's uncanny ability to transmute into one of 30 different characters, like Magellan, Rochelle, Leslie Anderson, Poppychulo, Michael Jackson's Ghost and tons more.

Abe Kanan was born and raised on the south side of Chicago is a die-hard White Sox fan followed by UFC, and Poker. In 2001 — at age 19 — Abe started an internship for the Mancow Show, and soon after was made an official cast member, from 2001 until 2006. After shows in Miami and Richmond, Abe was recruited as host of his very own show from Chicago on the SiriusXM channel affiliated with Howrad Stern, Howard 101, for three years. Finally, 9 years later, Abe is reunited with his mentor, Mancow, weekday mornings from 6 to 10am on 97.9 WLUP, The Loop.

Luv Cheez