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Liz Wylder & Tim Larson

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Tim Larson and Liz Wylder begin with a little about their show location and then what’s written on a single 3 x 5 index card. It can be ANYTHING and the conversation can go ANYWHERE. It’s amazing how a single word can somehow connect the most extreme topics. Buckle up. Life’s 3x5s podcast is an unscripted and very unpredictable conversation between two longtime radio friends from a completely different location each episode. They decided that more time in a studio was just not adventurous en ...
 
Classic storytelling can be found around many campfires and in any Disney film. In so many cases, the very best of stories from our personal lives are heard repeatedly over years without ever being recorded. Tim Larson and Liz Wylder knew that WROK radio’s 100th birthday in 2023 would be a great springboard for this project. Future sit downs would certainly rekindle old friendships and, undoubtedly, allow everyone to learn something about the people they thought they knew well. The lightbulb ...
 
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Season #3 Episode #6 - Tim and Liz are within a rumored to be haunted house. This episode’s stories are like no other. “Someone” moved our wine glasses and my towel in that hotel, it was as cold as a fridge in mid-July, an orb appeared in Liz’s photos, ghosts at the White House, WYBR radio in the CherryVale Mall, and true stories from Tim’s relativ…
 
Rob Cutter and Tim Larson grew up in radio together in their early twenties. They created on-air stunts as management allowed, interviewed country music's top artists and continue to this day assisting each other with current voiceover and individual radio and podcast projects. These two are the definition of "pick up right where you left off." Rec…
 
Aaron Wilson has rolled out of bed at 2:45 am for the last 25 years and traveled northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin AND the world for 23 News This Morning. Weather has never been so interesting. He also simultaneously (for five and a half years) hosted WROK's Live at Five program. Those were very long days. Tim Larson's son Erik is currently his…
 
Season #3 Episode #5 - Tim and Liz were pleasantly surprised to be offered to do this episode in the Paul and Angel Harvey Studio at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois. So many radio stories were shared within the former WGN Showcase Studio once on Michigan Avenue. It was donated to the museum in 2012. Midwest temperatures …
 
Kipper McGee manned the WROK and WZOK ship in the mid 80's, but went on to program giant radio stations like WLS in Chicago, Illinois. He was a master at pulling off unique promotions. Enjoy his stories including a long list of the nation's top radio announcers. He traveled to Rockford, Illinois from Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a sit down with Tim Lar…
 
Sky Drysdale spent twenty eight years in broadcasting and he has the stories to prove it. He sat down with Tim Larson over glazed donut holes in early October 2022. These two have never worked together at the same radio station, but continue to share common interests. They have truly earned the title of "radio brothers from different mothers."…
 
Johnny Marks and Tim Larson have known each other since 1981 in their college years at Northern Illinois University. This conversation promises to button up all the details of their forty plus year friendship. Tim sums it up this way, "Some people leave a mark. Only with you, we were fishing for the same thing, in the same boat and in the same lake…
 
What could possibly happen if Tim Larson connected with Kim Carson, who he listened to on WROK when he was in high school? Better yet, they had never met and ironically both lived in Rockford...Tim in Illinois and Kim in Michigan. Well buckle up and find out. It's conversations like this one that proves once again that the Storytellers Studio is a …
 
Season 1 Episode 25 - WIFR-TV's weatherman Aaron Wilson is always looking for remote locations to do "live shots" during the morning show. When he literally stumbled upon the Storytellers Studio, Tim Larson got the call to crate a WROK/WZOK morning show party focusing on October 26, 1985! (The date on the dashboard of the DeLorean in the film Back …
 
Season #3 Episode #4 - Not often, but the weather can pounce on any one of our remote locations. This would be one of those times. Pouring rain at the Rock River Valley Mustang Car Show. Never the less, our show went on. We chatted about our personal memories of September 11, 2021, an old girlfriend married the officer who busted us, Bravehearts, d…
 
Season #3 Episode #2 - Surrounded by thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash, we chatted at a picnic table on a beautiful September day. Our podcast, as usual, covered many unpredictable topics – choking on apples, a wet ghost story, “What’s on your lip?”, the wise words of Rod Kramer, pumpkin spice is in bed with everything, Foley sound effects, …
 
Season #3 Episode #2 - Admiring the new city murals, bird seed, color blind artist, Jim Carey, free t-shirts, senior discounts, crying over a book, pet rock, “It’s good for you!”, nickels, Tim’s painting, not reading labels, latest dumbass moves, raking river rocks and filthy rich. An easy way to contribute to our podcast is to Buy Me a Coffee thro…
 
The best and the brightest radio jocks from the 70's during the battle between WCFL and WLS radio in Chicago, Illinois are captured in sixty six hours of replayed airchecks on RewoundRadio.com. Thanks to Ted Gorden Smucker and his dedicated group of contributors from all over the country. Labor Day weekend 2022. Here are the promos from some very w…
 
Season #3 Episode #1 - This is the first episode of our third season. What a free-for-all of topics! Mt. Rushmore, dinner with former WLS radio folks, bison, rescuing wildlife, time-waster, horrible joke telling, fading fads, not shopping together, people our age, regifting, bourbon cookies, plastic surgery, going to Prince's Paisley Park, moonshin…
 
Kris founded Dental Dimensions in 1980 and has been a pillar of community involvement. He hosted Tooth Talk on WROK for many years. Tim Larson also knows him through Loves park Rotary and the Boy Scouts of America's Blackhawk Area Council in Rockford, Illinois. The sit down with Kris took place on August 19, 2022.…
 
Phil spent forty-four years in radio sales for WROK and others. He has always been very involved in the Rockford community, both at the stations and personally. This dedication continues today. Doug McDuff and Phil worked side-by-side at both groups of stations on Brendenwood Road and Sandy Hollow Road. Tim Larson joined them on August 19, 2022 in …
 
The Knoll family worked at WROK and WZOK in various positions over the years. You may know Steve and Carol by several air names and Gary represented the WROK sales department. Steve is still in the radio industry at the news department at KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chuck Doyle, Liz Wylder and Tim Larson joined in on this episode because everyone is a…
 
Kelly climbed her way to the top of Adult Contemporary radio and finished out her career at Lite 102 in Minneapolis. She's a great cook and we treated ourselves to Prince's Paisley Park tour the next day. Our sit down took place in her kitchen in Eagan, Minnesota on the late evening of August 15, 2022.…
 
Dean has always been a bucket of unpredictability. And April 7, 2022 was no exception. Dean was a great conduit between programming departments and clients to weave promotions together. Former WROK colleague Tim Larson and former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder joined him for a free-for-all sit down that surprisingly did not involve any alcohol.…
 
John’s quick wit made the transition from a newscast back into programming a joy. A true professional. Just as many stories from both the AM side and down the hall in FM. Former WROK colleague Tim Larson and former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder joined him for a sit down on April 13, 2022.By Tim Larson
 
Tim did two tours at WROK/WZOK in the early to mid-1980’s. He is an avid collector of radio memorabilia and audio recordings. Being the middays host and Promotions Director for WROK were the highlights of his career. Former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder not only shared the microphone with Tim for this sit down in Rockford, Illinois on May 27, 2022, but…
 
Don’s short radio career was jam packed with great experiences and he tells them in such an entertaining way. His love for music led him into a wonderful career as a concert promoter. Former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder, along with former WROK middays host Tim Larson, joined him for a sit down on May 5, 2022.…
 
Fred’s ability to scoop all other media was uncanny. His stories are fresh in his mind and still link to his emotions. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. The definition of radio professional. Broadcasting veteran and good friend Doug McDuff along with Tim Larson and Liz Wylder joined him for a sit down on April 29, 2022.…
 
Lisa was in the WROK news department. Joe was an announcer on both the WROK and WZOK sides. Jim was the Continuity and Commercial Production Director. We gathered in Chicago, Illinois at WBBM Newsradio. Five live mics with folks who can finish each other’s sentences…Oh my! Former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder and former WROK middays host Tim Larson sti…
 
Bill told Liz and Tim during his first visit he had enough stories to keep us behind the microphones for three plus hours. They certainly held him to his word. Former WROK colleague Tim Larson and former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder buckled up for more stories about radio in other cities, celebrities and how radio is done today. His second sit down wa…
 
Fred and Tim decided to sit down again to talk more about more personal aspects of his career and the advice he would give to a rookie in today’s news environment. They did, of course, drift into the news stories which still have emotional impact on the news reporter who saw it firsthand. No one minds hearing Fred’s recollections of those days agai…
 
Chuck worked for WROK/WZOK for a very long time. He spans both radio stations and has mentally catalogued hundreds of memories. Former WROK colleague Tim Larson and former WZOK colleague Liz Wylder shared the microphones with Chuck on several occasions over our forty-five year friendship. Chuck’s first visit with us was in Rockford, Illinois on Mar…
 
Bob has covered every story topic imaginable…from United States Presidents to the world’s top athletes. His love for sports evolved into the amazingly knowledgeable Mr. Baseball on multiple WROK morning shows over the years. Ken DeCoster (also a former WROK/WZOK News Director) guided Bob through their careers together and we all learned something a…
 
Lisa had been all around this country with country music in her headphones. We were fortunate enough to be able to join here in the downtown Chicago studios of WGN radio. Tim and Liz were thrilled to meet Bob Sirott, John Williams, Ernie in Creative Production Services and Steve Bertrand from News. Former WROK colleague Tim Larson and former WZOK c…
 
Season #2 Episode #15 - This is the last episode of our second season. Thanks you for joining us at thirty very different locations. Today we’re at the Boy Scouts and Blackhawk Area Council’s Canyon Camp just outside Stockton, Illinois. Conversations about National Park ranger training, the Merlin Bird app, glamping, “a spider crawled across my lip…
 
Season# 2 Episode # 14 - We hoisted our equipment up into a hay loft and began to chat. Why is there a kitten in the Tupperware? Animal Stories on WLS radio in Chicago. Parting gifts from the farm, Going down the rabbit hole, seeing UFOs, Think about it and IT will happen, watermelon seeds and Tom Sawyer & Becky Thatcher weekend. What’s your weakne…
 
Season #2 Episode #13 - While sitting on the tarmac of the airport’s cargo terminal at high noon! We chat about flying first class, the UPS plane that spun and swept everything off our table, and answer the question, “Are your nuts still warm?” Shipping false teeth, getting packages from Dick Clark and George Lucas, football cards and training dogs…
 
Season# 2 Episode # 12 - The world renowned Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps played the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell in Rockford, Illinois. Illinois is truly in the middle of everything! Listen as our conversation drifts into favorite flowers, a lightning round of Family Feud, who can keep a secret, Utter Tuggers baseball, and the guy who Beat…
 
Season# 2 Episode # 11 - Toad Hall is a vintage music and book store. You name it they have it…somewhere in the building. Tim has been going there since high school. Somehow Liz and Tim covered these topics. Thousands of albums, hauling equipment to dances, epic quotes about music, clothes that will make Liz vomit, and someone gets means when SHE d…
 
Diners are the very best places for genuine conversation. Tim and Liz talked about their individual trips to Disney World, a reason to get up in the morning, K-mart cassettes, and wise men sitting at the counter. They think they are due for an aircheck session, old weird apartments, lightning rods, disrobing in a diner and major shit about birthday…
 
A beautiful day in the Windy City. They arrived early for this episode before recording yet another show for their side project The Storytellers Studio at Newsradio 780 WBBM just a block away. It felt to be a stone’s throw from Cloud Gate in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Tim and Liz met folks from El Paso, Texas; Turkey; Austria; Naperville…
 
Season#2 Episode #8 - Tim and Liz spent an amazing day at WGN Radio in Chicago with our longtime colleague Lisa Dent. They met Bob Sirott, John Williams and Steve Bertrand. Their unpredictable conversation covered Ken Burns’ Benjamin Franklin documentary, Grammy winners Emily Bear and Abigale Barlow, “her father fixed my middle finger”, transistor …
 
Season#2 Episode #7 - We were inspired by the interstate traffic under our feet. We talked about family car vacations, motorcycle trips, outrunning a tornado, kid car games, the epic sneeze, a true back-and-forth, state-by-state ping pong match of trip stories, and cruises. Today’s conversation once again proved it’s not always the giant vacations …
 
Season#2 Episode #6 - A thorough explanation of our new project aimed at capturing audio history from former and current employees of WROK radio in Rockford, Illinois. The station’s 100th anniversary is in 2023! Also, unpredictable conversations about favorite albums, comic books, a root beer taste off, a bath in mashed potatoes and gravy, “here it…
 
This very same kick off reception to the Beloit International Film Festival in 2020 is where Tim and Liz reconnected and was where the very first domino fell for their many projects. Learn their story, famous lines from films, being a critic, an international creative mentor, details of the 2022 festival, the exciting behind-the-scenes stories, Tim…
 
The phrase “once in a lifetime” often gets tossed around haphazardly, but today it’s rock solid. Twosday, February 22, 2022 at 2:22 pm! Liz celebrates and Tim learns its significance. Also…glaciers, angel numbers, conversation starters, Swedish meatballs, Paczki, palindromes, being derailed, birthdays, divine intervention, and everyone got overheat…
 
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