The show (no music, just entertainment) is hosted by cast including
Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels, Eric Zane, and Producer Joe.
The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show
About the Show
Live Weekdays, 5AM - 9AM
Call the Show: 1-800-947-3979
The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began as an afternoon show in Omaha, NE at non-commercial radio station KIWR in March of 1997. The Show was comprised of two, former Central Michigan University roommates who eventually moved to mornings several months later where they remained until the summer of 2000 when they moved to WBON in Knoxville, TN. It was there that they met the show's eventual 3rd member and other CMU grad, Eric Zane, who was, at the time, their direct competitor at WIMZ. When Zane was fired, he immediately drove across town and joined The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show. In June of 2002, The Show moved to New Jersey, where they were simulcast on WTHK in Trenton and WCHR on The Jersey Shore. The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began full syndication in 2004 with the addition of WGRD in Grand Rapids, MI and is now heard on radio stations in 15 different states.
Where did the name come from?
Instead of calling the show, The Gregg & Chris Show, which by all estimations would have been the most boring sounding radio show in the world, the decision was made to call it The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which seemed far more attention grabbing. It was admittedly nothing more than a cheap ploy to get people to listen under the false pretense that they may actually have a chance to win beer and/or hot wings. However, it was not intended that those two things would become permanently synonymous and attached to Gregg and Chris as nicknames, but that's what happened and now they have to live with the consequences of their B.S. forever. Also, the reason Zane wasn't given a food name is that, when he joined the show, he was already a well-known personality and frankly, another food name would have just been an overkill of stupidity.
Cast and Crew
One of the founding members of the show since its inception in March of 1997, Free Beer runs the board and sets up most of the bits on the show. Free Beer is known for many verbal screw ups, a vast sports knowledge, and occasionally laughing like Ricky Ricardo from old episodes of "I Love Lucy". Occasionally known on the show by the alternate nicknames "Burn King" and "El Matador", Free Beer spends free time playing basketball, racquetball, tennis and video games and watching movies. Free Beer is married to his lovely wife, Amanda, and has two dogs, three cats, and a lot of fish.
Hot Wings is the other founding member of the show and is from Lake Orion, Michigan which, for reasons unknown, is pronounced Or-ee-un instead of Oh-RI-un, like the constellation. Hot Wings, who is also known as "Mayor of Awesometown" and "Minista of Flava", loves muscle cars and hates liberals. He writes daily commentaries about politics and pop culture called "What Hot Wings Thinks" that will likely reference one or both of those things. He is also oddly and prematurely knowledgeable about trees...a skill he picked up from his father who wears black socks and dress shoes with shorts and has a tendency to singe his hair around gas gril ls. Hot Wings is married to Kerri and currently has one dog, one cat and a kid on the way which was achieved through 6 rounds of IVF and cost him so much money, he will either love the child twice as much as a normal father or resent him/her from the get-go for unknowingly preventing him from finishing his basement.
Zane got into radio in ninth grade. His high school had a radio station and he wanted in! Highlights included getting drunk on the air and "scratching" records. He'd bust out some old school Public Enemy or Erik B and Rakim and try to "scratch." He sucked. Then he was off to Central Michigan University. Zane worked at the station there and was able to somehow attain enough skill to get a paying gig in Saginaw, Michigan at WKQZ. He worked his way as an on-air DJ playing Ugly Kid Joe and Bon Jovi. Zane was asked to do mornings at about the time that he thought playing records was boring. Zane was going to leave radio to pursue the field associated with his degree (Health Science). But, opted to try the morning show. That was it. Zane has been doing mornings since (1995). Zane's personal stuff: He's an alcoholic. He quit drinking in June of 1996 and has never slipped. Zane has a highly addictive personality that has a potential to get him in some real trouble. His addictiveness makes it so he usually hyper-focuses on a few things at a time, and nothing else. Zane has been married to his lovely wife Diana since July of 1992. They have three children: Jim (13), Jackie (11), and Madison (6). This Bio was written in Feb of 2009 so you may have to make an age adjustment. Zane and his family are very Roman Catholic. Zane's motto: Don't lie. When you are honest, you don't have to remember anything.
Producer Joe joined the show as a full-time, paid member in 2005 after working for free for several months and living in a glorified squat house with a community bathroom. Initially, Producer Joe was nearly inept, but The Show kept him around because he worked so cheap and was entertaining to watch as he gained and lost weight, earning him the nickname "Joprah". He his also occasionally known as "Donkey Teeth" because of his giant, donkey-like front teeth. Now, Producer Joe is an invaluable and permanent part of the team. Though a lot of what he does takes place behind the scenes and after the show, you will hear him pop up on air from time to time when he thinks of inappropriate things to add to the conversation. He is featured in the weekly segment "What Can Joe Do" where he is asked to spin a wheel with twelve stunts and complete the stunt that comes up. He is an avid rock climber, cyclist, runner, and reader.
Steve - Associate Producer
So I'm the new guy. By now, you've probably already made up your mind that you don't like me for a multitude of reasons. That's ok. Apparently, the world will end if I don't submit a bio, so here it is. I was born and raised in New Jersey...but no one from New Jersey calls it "New Jersey". It's simply "Jersey". I grew up there, went to college there at Monmouth University. After realizing that I had no desire to take Microeconomics, I figured I'd be a Radio major and work for the college radio station, WMCX. Some highlights include interviewing awful bands, saying the F- word on the air a few times and excelling at mediocre radio. It got me a job, though. I worked for a number of years at 105.7 The Hawk, which is where my paths crossed with the Free Beer and Hot Wings show. I started out running the board for them in the morning and eventually ended up being the Assistant Program Director of the station. Then I worked for the NHL in New York City for almost a year. Now I'm here. Random facts: At times, I'm a walking contradiction. I've run a marathon before, but in no way consider myself a runner. I make a mean tuna melt. If there's a television show on about some blue-collar job, I probably watch it. I hate talking about what I do, so don't ask. That's about it.