Recent Episodes

  • 138: Unveiling Alkebulan: Dr. Leonard Porter’s Quest Through Black History

    In this episode of the Kankakee Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Leonard Porter to weave together the threads of our past, exploring the rich tapestry of Black history. As we honor Black History Month, join us for an expedition through time with the esteemed Dr. Porter. The Journey Through Black History Our honorable guest,…

  • A Majestic Unveiling: The Majestically Yours Wedding Expo

    Greetings to our Kankakee County and beyond! Today, we are delving into a special event that encapsulates love, celebration, and the spirit of togetherness. Welcome to a special bonus episode of the Kankakee Podcast, where we’re diving into the Majestically Yours Wedding Expo—the pinnacle of wedding celebrations right here in downtown Kankakee. An Exciting Journey…

  • #137: Kankakee’s Crown Jewel: A Billion Can Story – ON SITE!

    Hello to all our Kankakee County listeners and everyone tuned in from afar! This episode has a special ring—a literal hum of machinery and the buzz of productivity as we dive into an iconic fixture of our local industry. Welcome to an insider’s voyage into the heart of Kankakee’s manufacturing prowess and community impact, brought…

  • #136: Shirtless Shenanigans, Mitch’s Unlikely Journey of a Super Bowl Meme

    Hello, Kankakee County and beyond! Today I’m bringing you a story that’s close to our hearts—a tale of humor, virality, and the power of a good meme. As we gear up for Super Bowl 2024, let’s rewind to a moment when our very own Kankakee made Super Bowl history, not on the field, but in…

  • BONUS EP: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Presented by the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association

    Kankakee Valley Theatre Association presents… THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD ~ Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents…

  • #135: Tracing Kankakee’s Immigration Story with the Kankakee County Museum

    Join Jake LaMore on a journey through the immigrant history of Kankakee County with Jack Klasey and Jorie Walters from the Kankakee County Museum. In this episode, the trio unravels the unique and vibrant stories of various ethnic groups that have shaped the rich tapestry of Kankakee’s cultural landscape. The Roots of Kankakee: From Potawatomi…

  • #134: Home Sweet Kankakee: Real Estate Tales with Lisa Sanford

    In the latest blog post, Jake LaMore, host of the Kankakee Podcast, is thrilled to share the insights from his recent conversation with Lisa Sanford, a seasoned realtor in Kankakee County. Known for her real estate expertise, Jake had the opportunity to explore her extensive knowledge and experience within the industry. From Park Ridge to…

  • #133: Voice of The Fields, Mike Perrine

    In a recent episode of the Kankakee Podcast, host Jake LaMore had the privilege of interviewing Mike Perrine, a true legend in the field of farm broadcasting. Perrine, who was recently inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, has had a remarkable career spanning several decades. During the interview, Perrine shared…

  • #132: Spizzirri Reptile Rescue: Where Passion Meets Scales in Momence

    Welcome to another captivating episode of Kankakee Podcast! In this edition, we embark on a journey into the fascinating world of Spizzirri Reptile Rescue, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Momence. Join our host, Jake LaMore, as he unravels the tales of passion, dedication, and scaly wonders that define the essence of this…

  • Top 10 Countdown: Kankakee Podcast’s Most-Listened Episodes of 2023

    As we bid farewell to 2023, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with the Kankakee Podcast team. Join hosts Jake LaMore and Brian Prairie, alongside a special appearance by Jake’s wife, Lizzie LaMore, in an exclusive episode that counts down the *Top 10 Most-Listened Episodes* of the year. Get ready for a journey filled…

  • #130: A Santa’s Sleigh of Memories: 39 Years with Santa Steve Sullivan in Kankakee

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and on this special Christmas episode of the Kankakee Podcast, we unwrap the enchanting story of the man behind the snowy white beard and twinkling eyes—Santa Steve Sullivan! Imagine stumbling into the role of Santa Claus at the tender age of 18 and realizing it’s a journey that would…

  • #129: Tracks of Heritage: Kankakee County Museum’s Insight into the Illinois Central Railroad

    Join Jake LaMore as he explores the rich history of Kankakee and its transformative journey shaped by the Illinois Central Railroad. In this insightful episode, guests Jorie Walters and Jack Klasey from the Kankakee County Museum delve into the profound impact of the railroad on the town’s development. Railroads and Economic GrowthDiscover how railroads, especially…

  • #128: 2017 Fiesta Flashback: Andrew McBurnie’s Taco Bell Senior Pics Take the Spotlight!

    Buckle up for a wild ride on this 2017 flashback episode of Kankakee Podcast! We’re peeling back the layers of the viral phenomenon that is Andrew McBurnie’s Taco Bell senior photos. Join us as we spill the beans on the creative genius behind the lens, the internet sensation, and the unexpected LA adventure with Forever…

  • #127: Patriotism in Action: The Ray Olley Memorial Project Explained by Jojo Sayson

    In this episode of Kankakee Podcast, join host Jake LaMore as he delves into the inspiring story behind the Ray Olley Memorial Project. Jojo Sayson, a driving force behind the project, shares insights into the vision, significance, and ongoing initiatives aimed at honoring veterans and raising awareness about PTSD. Understanding the Vision:Jojo Sayson passionately outlines…

  • #126: Unveiling the Mysteries of Manteno State Hospital with Kankakee County Museum

    Welcome to a captivating episode of Kankakee Podcast, where we delve into the enigmatic history of Manteno State Hospital. In collaboration with the Kankakee County Museum, we bring you exclusive insights into the once-thriving psychiatric facility’s intriguing past. Exploring Manteno State Hospital: A Historical Journey Manteno State Hospital, located in Illinois, played a pivotal role in…