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Dahl, Pauly Featured on Horsin' Around TV

Radio Legend Jumps into Horse Ownership; Horse Artist Paints his Life Portrait

On last Friday's "Steve Dahl Show" (105.9 FM WCKG Chicago), radio legend Steve Dahl and Horsin' Around TV producer and host Joe Kristufek announced that they have hooked up with Team Diamond Partnership II on a horse ownership venture.

During WCKG's opening day remote at Arlington on May 14, Dahl's interest peaked after he cashed a ticket on first race winner Wilbur, who happened to be a $4,000 claimer. Later in the day, Kristufek explained to Dahl how easy it was to get into horse ownership, and Team Diamond presented the duo with the opportunity shortly thereafter.

They are now shareholders in a pair of unraced 2-year-olds, purchased at a Maryland sale in May. One is a colt by Smoke Glacken, the other a gelded son of Cat's Career, and they are currently preparing for their debuts at Arlington Park under the watchful eye of trainer Tony Granitz. This is Dahl's first horse ownership endeavour.

"I'm in it for the free parking," Dahl said. "Maybe when our horses race, they'll let me into that millionaire's club at Arlington. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to wear."

Dahl will tell us all about his new hobby during an interview with partner Joe Kristufek on Saturday's Horsin' Around TV (July 31, 5:30 and 11 a.m. on Fox Sports Net Chicago).

The Cat's Career gelding will be named by Dahl's listeners in a "name Steve's horse" contest. Suggestions can be e-mailed to Deadline for entries is Friday, August 6, and the winner will receive an all expenses paid outing for eight in the Arlington Million room, a winner's circle ceremony, a paddock tour, and a chance to meet and greet the team's new horses. Visit

A limited number of shares in the horse ownership partnership are available through Team Diamond. For more information, visit

In addition, Liane Davis features award winning horse artist Thomas Allen Pauly. The Chicago native's passion for horses, racing, and the people that make the game go rises to the surface in this Horsin' Around profile. For more information on the works of Thomas Allen Pauly, visit

Also on Horsin' Around TV on Saturday:

  • Joe Kristufek and Dave "The Maven" Gutfreund analyze Arlington 's Grade II Washington Park Handicap & give their spot plays for the card.
  • Peter Galassi breaks down the Breeders' Crown at the Meadowlands, and previews Saturday's harness program from Suburban Downs at Hawthorne.
  • DRF Race of the Week -- The Grade I Test, Opening Weekend at the Spa!

Horsin' Around TV airs Saturday mornings on Fox Sports Net Chicago at 5:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. The show is also broadcast over Arlington 's signal at 11 a.m. For more information on Horsin' Around TV, visit

Steve Dahl

Radio legend Steve Dahl first arrived on the Chicago radio scene in 1979 after being lured away from Detroit by then-ABC-owned WDAI. In his two decades on Chicago 's airwaves, Dahl is famous for allowing his listeners an intimate look into both his professional and private lives.

Since his time at WDAI, Dahl has had two stints at WLUP-FM (97.9, "The Loop") and the now- defunct WLUP-AM, five years at WLS-AM (890) and - FM, and he now calls afternoons at WCKG-FM (105.9) home.

During his time as a radio host, Dahl has earned national recognition as the elder statesman of Chicago radio. His 1979 Disco Demolition, where he asked listeners to bring their disco records to Comiskey Park and light them on fire, might have cost the White Sox a game, but the event gave Dahl a reputation for holding no cows sacred. His two decades are proof of his irreverence: Parody songs, celebrity impressions and on-air, frank family discussions are standard fare for Dahl listeners.

Dahl's expertise is not just limited to radio, but extends to television and music as well. He won a local television Emmy in 1982 in the category "Outstanding Achievement for a Single Program" for his work on Greetings From Graceland , which chronicled his tour of Elvis' estate. Since then, he gave television audiences It's Too Early , New Year's Steve and Garry and the CBS late-night show, The Midnight Hour . Also, he, along with his band, "The Dahlfins," has played to sold-out concert venues, and he continues to entertain live audiences with his original songs. Most recently, Dahl co-wrote a song that appeared on his friend and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson's album, Imagination. In 1993, Dahl and his radio partner of 15 years, Garry Meier, went their separate ways after experiencing creative differences. Dahl hit another personal and career milestone in 1995, when he made a commitment to prove to himself that he could end his addiction to alcohol without the aid of self-help or support groups.

His 20 years in Chicago were recognized with an anniversary party Feb. 23, 1998 at the Museum of Broadcasting Communications . Illinois governor Jim Edgar proclaimed the day "Steve Dahl Day" throughout the entire state.

Steve and his wife Janet, reside in the Western Suburbs along with their three boys: Patrick & Mike, (now enrolled at Northwestern and U of I respectively) their youngest; Matt and their dogs, Chamois & Mabel.

Steve Dahl is widely recognized as the future of the CBS2 News at 10.

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