The "Voice of Chicago," WGN Radio Comes to the Morton Arboretum“Girlfriends” Kathy and Judy Will Broadcast Live
LISLE, IL (November 7, 2008) – Chicago’s most famous girlfriends are hitting the road again – ready to connect with their fans. Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey, better known as simply “Kathy and Judy,” will broadcast their WGN-AM radio show live from The Morton Arboretum on Friday, November 14, from 9 a.m.–noon.
Visitors are invited to watch and hear the broadcast airing on 720-AM when it originates from the Visitor Center’s Ginkgo Room and Restaurant, which will offer a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.
Admission to the Arboretum is free for all on that day until 11:15 a.m., and parking is always free. Show admission is also free. The Arboretum’s front gates open at 7 a.m., and the Visitor Center itself opens at 8 a.m. Those who attend the show are invited to linger at the Arboretum as long as they wish on that day, at no admission fee. Ordinarily, Arboretum admission for non-members on Friday is $9/adult, $8/senior, and $6/child. Arboretum members are always admitted free.
Kathy and Judy have been on the air at WGN since 1989. They say they’re as confounded by this as anybody! The girlfriends received the nationally-recognized Gracie Award in 2006 and 2008, and they are consistently rated number one in their midday time slot.
Their topics range from kids to sex to politics to daily calamities. They say this explains why they prefer talking to real listeners about their real lives rather than to people hawking their latest book. The pair takes listeners’ phone calls during their show.
The Kathy and Judy broadcast from the Arboretum is part of WGN’s Hometown Voices series, a tour of live broadcasts “from where you live and work, because the best things in life lie just off your front stoop,” says WGN.
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of 4,117 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission – the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time or sunset, whichever is earlier. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through February. Visit www.mortonarb.org, click About, and then Press Room, or call to learn more.