Irish American Heritage Center President Gene Cooney and Irish entertainer Kathleen Keane will kick off a new weekly Center radio hour on Thursday, December 3 at 4:30pm on WSBC 1240AM. The taped program is open to the public and will air on Saturday, December 5 at 8pm. The program's first guest is Cliff Carlson, publisher of Irish American News.
The Craic, with Cooney & Keane features music and community news for the Irish American community of Chicagoland. The show is produced by Hibernian Transmedia, a not for profit producing organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish and Irish American culture.
Cooney, a local funeral director and long-time supporter of the Center was elected President of the Board of Directors last July. He’s a popular figure in the Irish community and continues to perform stand-up comedy at a variety of community events.
Kathleen Keane is an international performer on Irish fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion and a handful of other instruments, who has performed in Ireland and all over the world with her signature style. She has recorded several CDs and performed with Gaelic Storm, The Drovers, and The Keane Machine. She was recently appointed Musical Director of the Fifth Province Lounge.
The Craic, with Cooney & Keane will pre-record the program until it begins recording live on Thursday nights in Winter 2016, during Keane's new weekly Thursday night music sessions.
Tune in every Saturday night, beginning December 5 at 8pm to hear Cooney & Keane on WSBC 1240AM.