What a Bunch of Shap



R.E.M. is a pivotal band in music history.  Without them, there’s a good chance the 90s alt-boom from Seattle never happens…at least the way it did.  In all honesty, I’m not well-versed in their early 80s catalog.  So it was a real treat for me to dive into their first 5-6 albums.  If you’re in…read more »


ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

STP is one of those bands that were outstanding at writing and playing stuff that sounded noticeable like ‘haven’t I heard this before?’ but was original enough to make it their own.  They weren’t from Seattle, although they were often lumped in with their Grunge contemporaries, sometimes confused for, or considered rip-offs. After their debut Core,…read more »



In a special “Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign, Illinois Valley area workers are asked to fight cancer and provide free supports to area cancer patients by donating whatever amount is equal to one hour of their working wage. Area workers may do so by clicking ‘Donate.’   The ” Hour Against Cancer” micro-campaign at www.cancerhour.com gained several area workers’ donations within minutes of its…read more »



INXS was an interesting band to tackle with Roots.  As the albums progressed from the late 70s through the mid-80s, you could really hear them find their own distinct sound.  Their are some great new-wavy gems from their early catalog (Don’t Change), and then by the time 1985’s Listen Like Thieves came out, they were ready for…read more »


ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BACK IN BLACK

There’s many reason ‘Back in Black’ is one of the biggest selling albums of all-time.  The riffs are monstrous, their enigmatic lead singer had passed less than 6 months before it was released, so everyone wanted to hear what they’d sound like without him, and ‘Mutt’ Lange harnessed their sound on his 2nd of Three…read more »


Jon “Shap” Shapiro
Shap in the Morning

Shap has been a fixture on radio stations in Starved Rock Country since 2001 as a popular Air Personality and Commercial Production talent.

The Illinois Broadcasters Association has recognized his radio broadcasting work with two 1st Place awards for Best Humorous Commercial along with nominations for Personality of the Year and Best Use of New Media. He has also been honored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at IVCC as one of the 40 under 40 Class of 2013.

Listen to Shap in the Morning weekdays from 5:30-9am on 95.3 JackFM.

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