VanOsdol adds his voice to Dahl’s podcast network

Another distinguished Chicago broadcaster is about to join Steve Dahl’s subscription podcast network.

James VanOsdol, the widely admired rock jock best known for his long run at the former Q101, will host a monthly 45-minute interview show for The Steve Dahl Network, the online venture Dahl launched with his own daily podcast last August. VanOsdol follows legendary radio personality Kevin Matthews, who came onboard with a weekly podcast in December and now hosts three shows a week for the network.

“It's a real pleasure to give talented people, such as James and Kevin Matthews a place from which they may continue to ply their trade,” Dahl told me Sunday. “It's also nice to know that their fans get to hear them exactly how the radio gods intended they be heard.”

All are included in the $9.95 monthly fee listeners already pay for unlimited access to the daily DahlCast and its archives. Annual subscribers pay $99.95. To supplement his Monday-through-Friday show, Dahl recently added Descent into the Archives, reruns of classic Steve & Garry shows from the ’80s, on weekends.

The James VanOsdol Show will debut this week with an interview with actor/musician Paul Adelstein of Private Practice and Prison Break. It’s an outgrowth of a podcast VanOsdol started on his own website late last year, featuring such subjects as author and humorist Kevin Guilfoile, Rich Svengoolie Koz, Jerry JBTV Bryant, and former Q101 morning co-host Brian Sherman.

“Steve [Dahl] reached out to me and asked if I’d like to be part of the network,” VanOsdol, 42, recalled. “Keep in mind, I’d never spoken with Steve in my life. So my first response when I got an email from him was: ‘Who’s fucking with me?’ I was born in Chicago. I grew up with Dahl. So it was kind of shocking to get that email.”

After talking it over with Dahl, VanOsdol said he accepted his offer enthusiastically. “I think he’s got something really interesting figured out here. I’m done with radio, but this seems like a great opportunity and a fun thing for me to do. He’s kind of building a radio station in this 21st century way.”

In addition to maintaining his blog and podcast, VanOsdol is working on an oral history of Q101. Featuring interviews with dozens of personalities, programmers, support staff and friends of the former alternative rock station, We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm is expected to be published in December.

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