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  • Coastin’ the Country: Pigeon Forge Alpine Coasters

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — About 2.5 million come to Pigeon Forge to visit Dollywood every year. They have some of the best roller coasters in the country…but getting your coaster fix doesn’t end within the park’s borders. I’m talking about Pigeon Forge’s Alpine Coasters. What is an Alpine Coaster? It’s kind of like a bobsled. You get in your own personal car on a track that takes you up to the top of the mountain. YOU control the speed with two […]

  • Coastin’ The Country: Dollywood here I come!

    It may look and feel like winter outside – but ROLLER COASTER SEASON HAS BEGUN. If you are a regular viewer of the WGN Morning News, you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with coasters. This season, I plan to travel to a few parks that are a nice driving distance from Chicago and profile some of the biggest and baddest rides. Along the way, we’ll visit some cool places and meet some interesting people. Tomorrow I will be […]

  • Celebrity dog Jiff entertains WGN Morning News anchors

    Remember internet star Jiff the adorable Pomeranian? This pup from the northern suburbs of Chicago is now a full blown celebrity! WGN’s Marcus Leshock interviewed Jiff about three years ago, just when he was starting out. He now has over 2.5 million Instagram followers and tons of celebrity pals. He was even in one of Katy Perry’s music videos. Here’s how you can follow Jiff: Facebook jiffpom: Instagram @jiffpom: Snapchat: jiffpom

  • Protecting social media accounts in death: Experts offer advice

    Think about how much time you spend on social media. Think of all of your photos, videos, memories. All of those posts, notes you’ve written, tweets you’ve tweeted. Have you thought about what should happen to them when you’re no longer with us? Experts say that question is becoming more and more important. Evan Carroll is the author of Your Digital Afterlife. His mission is to get people talking about what they want to see happen to their digital domain. […]

  • HANDS ON: Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch

    “OK Google, TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.” Motorola has created the Soldier Field of smartwatches. It’s like a giant spaceship came out of nowhere and landed on your wrist. To the casual passerby it might look out of place, but get inside, and you start to fall in love with the thing. THE SPECS The Moto 360 is the first Android smartwatch to sport a round face – and it’s a BOLD round face. It features a 1.56″ 320×290 display […]

  • Smarter Shots: Apps and gadgets to improve your smartphone video

    Last week, we ran through some apps that help you take better photos. On today’s WGN Morning News, we’re talking video. We’ll be running through some apps and gadgets that can spice up your smartphone video. I will post the video segment here after it airs, for now, here is a quick list of everything we’ll be talking about! Ultrakam (iOS Only) – The 2K video app for iPhone Horizon (iOS Only) – No matter how you are holding your […]

  • What is it like to be a sign language interpreter at a music fest?

  • Super Selfies: Apps and gadgets to help you take better photos

    On Thursday’s morning news, I’m tackling Pat Tomasulo’s favorite buzzword – SELFIES! The smartphone self-portrait craze is nothing new, and if you’ve been on Facebook/Instagram lately, you know that it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Developers and gadget makers are getting in on the action, creating different apps to help you set your photos apart from others. We’ll be running them down in my segment and will post it here after it airs. Here is a list of some […]

  • THUNDERBIRD: Holiday World unveils launched wing coaster

    By Marcus Leshock | WGN Morning News Feature Reporter After 66 days of hype, the day was finally here. Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana had more than 2,500 viewers glued to their live stream as the unveiled plans for next year’s new attraction – a $22 million launched wing coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard. While a wing coaster is nothing new (Chicago has X-Flight in its backyard at Six Flags Great America), THUNDERBIRD will mark the first “launched” […]

  • WGN Radio host loses weight, gains outlook on life

    WGN Radio’s Brian Noonan loses 157 pounds, gains new outlook on life

    On tonight’s WGN News at Nine, I’ll be profiling WGN Radio Host Brian Noonan. He’s brought a bright personality and sense of humor to the WGN airwaves for more than six years, currently co-hosting WGN Sports Night with David Kaplan and Andrea Darlas. Brian had struggled with his weight for as long as he could remember, but in the summer of 2011, it rose to a new level. He wasn’t happy with the way he looked. He was in pain. […]