Open Road Radio combines entertainment, education, and information into a weekly one-hour show airing on WCGO Radio in Chicago. Guest have included Jay Leno, Keanu Reeves, Peter Fonda, Robbie Knievel, Tom Berenger, Willie G. Davidson, industry leaders, experts, and everyday riders. ORR broadcasts up-to-the-minute race results, road trips, rides & rallies, and motorsports and engages listeners in lively discussions about upcoming legislation and other issues pertaining to motorcycle rights and safety — all things of interest to the “average Joe,” or affluent new age motorcyclist. Live call-ins make the show spontaneous and unpredictable.
ORR has been part of the most significant motorcycling events in America, including live broadcasts from Daytona Bike Week, The LA Love Ride, The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, The Laconia Rally, Race Week, Road America, and the Women in Motorcycling Conference.
Intern Shannon Bell says this about herself:
I am a wife and mother of two and a motorcycle enthusiast! I grew up with motorcycles and radio. I remember times I would be alone, and the radio was the only thing that would keep me company! My father, being a single parent, would take me on his motorcycle all the time. I always remember it being exciting, fearless and free. I knew then that some day I would want to ride my own and broadcast live on the radio! Here I am in 2020 making my dreams become reality. In 2016 I got my motorcycle license and that is when my journey began. I have also combined my two passions, motorcycle riding and helping local veterans. Studies show that riding a motorcycle helps relax the mind because you are focused on the riding and being free! I myself struggle with depression and anxiety. So I partnered with Women In The Wind, an all-female motorcycle group; I formed a chapter locally, WITW-Blackhawk Valley. In 2018, WITW-Blackhawk Valley sponsored the first Annual Ease the Mind benefit ride that drew in 83 participants and raised over $2,000, which was divided between three local VA Clinics to help with transportation/bus tickets for veterans. It was another success in 2019 with media and radio coverage and over 90 bikes that raised over $5,700 and all funds were given out to local veteran organizations that help with mental health illnesses! I am very proud to be part of this organization and honored to be part of the “Open Road Radio” team! Mental Illness is real and on the rise, especially among our veterans.