Kankakee Podcast

LaMore Media L.L.C.

A podcast about the people and places of Kankakee County, IL. Hosted by, Jake LaMore.

Episode 44: The Small Family - Kankakee County Museum
This Sunday, May 22nd, the Kankakee County Museum will be hosting their 32 Annual Rhubarb Festival from 10:00am until 4:00pm. One of the many things being celebrated that day includes the unveiling of the museum's latest exhibit about The Small Family. Jack Klasey and Jorie Walters join us on this episode of Kankakee Podcast to give us an overview of why the Small Family is such a prominent name in our county's history.    More information on the 32nd Annual Rhubarb Festival: https://fb.me/e/2oH8I6SBv Kankakee County Museum website: https://www.kankakeecountymuseum.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/kankakeecountymuseum Instagram: www.instagram.com/kankakeecountymuseum   More on the Small Family: Dr. A.L. Small purchased land in what is now West Kankakee in 1855, just two years after Kankakee County was established. Dr. Small began to operate a successful rhubarb growing operation among many other things including his practice of medicine. In 1903, Dr. Small's son, Len, along with a group of investors bought the Kankakee Daily Times and renamed it the Kankakee Daily Republican. By 1913, Len Small assigned his son Leslie to help the Kankakee Daily Republican to get out of it's financial crises. Leslie ended up liking his job at the newspaper so much that he stayed the rest of his life. That newspaper eventually became The Daily Journal and is still operated by the Small Family today. In 1921, Len Small was elected the 26th Governor of Illinois and served two terms.    That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Small Family. Plan a visit to the Kankakee County Museum today to see the new exhibit!   Much Love, Jake LaMore   Support the podcast and become a patron: https://patron.podbean.com/kankakeepodcast
4d ago
1 hr 4 mins
Episode 43: Jessica Bessette a.k.a. Bess Jess
Last week, we ran a "Nominate A Guest" contest. Listeners were invited to nominate a person, place, or topic in Kankakee County for our 1 Year Anniversary livestream on Tuesday, May 10th. We took all of your nominations, shuffled them up, and randomly selected one. The nomination who was chosen was Jessica Bessette, better known as Bess Jess on WFAV 95.1 FM and River Country 101.7 FM, 103.7 FM, and 96.1 FM! This ended up being kind of a reunion episode. Bess Jess & I hosted the Wake N' Jake Morning Show together on WFAV from 2017 to 2021.     Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and to Bess Jess for agreeing to be our mystery guest.    Don't forget about our 1 year anniversary picnic coming up this Sunday, May 15th: https://fb.me/e/1gjEe8sno   Wake N' Jake Merch. Coupon code wakenjake for 50% off: https://kankakeepodcast.com/shop/   Also, a special thank you to our sponsors, patrons, and partners in this first year of Kankakee Podcast:    Gorak's Pest Control, Martial Arts Academy, Noble Dairy Queen Stores, Digital World Design, Kankakee City News, KCC Foundation, All Automotive, True Heights Treatment, Allison Ascher of Coldwell Banker Realty, ECDA, Brenda Whittler My Thirty-One Consultant, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Adam Elroy, Kankakee County Museum, Brookmont Bowling Center, Hero City Adventure Park, Chicago Dough Company, Little Me Studio, Classic Cinemas, Lizzie Yolich, Denny Case, Seth & Mary Burkey, Franklin & Ann Weber, Dawn & Jim LaMore, Jeff & Rosa Carroll, Sandee & Steve Twait, Erik Olson, Jake Lee, Dan Debord, Jake Vaughn, Lake Iverson, Rose Luckey, Jesse Arseneau, Dave Baron, Darrell Damper, Samantha Rocknowski, Anthony Vieceli, Luke, JoAnne Barrie, Bill Yohnka, Travis Garcia, Jane Bostwick, Dawn Harrison, Simon Topliss, Scott Wright, Kerry O’Connell, Jamie Race, and Teage Drinnon.    Here's to our second year being better than the first!    Much Love, Jake LaMore
May 11 2022
1 hr 21 mins
Episode 42: Haylibug Lemonadez - Iva & Hayli Martenez
May 2 2022
52 mins
Episode 41: Simon Topliss - United Kingdom to AmericaEpisode 40: Nell Clark - Kankakee County MuseumEpisode 39: Jasmyne Humble - Communications Director of Kankakee CountyEpisode 38: Rob West - Radio News DirectorEpisode 37: Aaron & Tocarra Robinson - Still I RiseEpisode 36: Women’s History Month - Kankakee County MuseumEpisode 35: Matt Yeager (Singer/Songwriter)Episode 34: 10 Most Listened to Episodes of 2021Episode 33: Travis Garcia - School Resource OfficerJake LaMore Reads The Polar ExpressEpisode 32: Dawn Broers - Fortitude Community OutreachEpisode 31: Jack Klasey - The StorytellerEpisode 30: Riverview Historic DistrictEpisode 29: Native American Heritage Day 2021 - Kankakee County MuseumEpisode 28: Derek Grant - Apply PressureEpisode 27: Staci Wilken - Kankakee County Convention & Visitors BureauEpisode 26: Steam Hollow Brewing Co. - Blane & Natalie White