Front Row Network

We at the Network are always looking for new content and the best content creators to keep you entertained! And so we are so psyched to introduce you to our good friend Larry Smith and his brand new show for the Network and NPR Illinois called "Convince Me". Check out this interview for a preview of what this hilarious show has in store for your earbuds.

FEATURING: Larry Smith, Jeremy Goeckner & Craig McFarland



CLASSICS - On The Waterfront

May 31, 2020
Columbia Pictures

We close out the month of May with the latest episode of Classics. Brandon and Eric are breaking down what some call one of the most pivotal movies of all time. Join us for a deep dive of "One The Waterfront".

Featuring: Brandon Davis & Eric Flick



Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

It's been an incredible Oscar Season. The #Oscars gave us plenty of surprises and plenty of topics to discuss. Here is our Awards night coverage in the form of all of our live commercial break segments. See you next season! #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Phil Rockwell, Brandon Davis, Vanessa Ferguson, Jay Hoffman & Jeremy Goeckner

Sony Picture Releasing

The Oscars are here and once again the Front Row Network is giving you comprehensive coverage with our #OscarSpotlight series. Here we'll break down all of the most-nominated films and break down all of the categories. We start it out with Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's iconic novel #LittleWomen.

Featuring: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

Yes movie fans, the day has come once again. The nominations for 92nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced and, as always, there’s equal parts joy and anger to go around. I don’t think there’s quite anything in the movie world that inspires so much happiness and head-scratching at the exact same time as the yearly Oscar nominations. Per usual, there’s plenty of snubs and surprises to catalog.

SNUB: Frozen II Left in the Cold

The 2020 movie awards season has officially kicked off with the 77th Golden Globe Awards that took place last night in Hollywood, California. In many ways it’s been a truly whirlwind year in the world of movies. Record-breaking box office numbers have often given way to a thinking of diminishing returns when it comes to mid-budget studio fare. The emergence of streaming giant Netflix from cute upstart to legitimate leading studio in the Awards season has similarly led to a shifting window of what the movie industry is currently soon to be turning into.

Columbia Pictures

#Flashback is kicking off the new year with America's favorite romantic comedy and the perfect film to watch for New Year's! #WhenHarryMetSally is 30 years old and it's time to examine how it changed the rom-com landscape forever. #FRN #NPR

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098635/

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens & Vanessa Ferguson

Part 2 of our epic LIVE 500th Episode celebration at Anvil & Forge sees us returning to the #UltimateMovieBrackets. Our resident bracketologist Lou Hare has outdone himself compiling 64 contenders for the title of movie of the decade. We welcome the biggest panel we've ever assembled with 12 Front Row personalities in this one! Which movie takes the crown? Listen and find out!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland, Scott McFarland, Brandon Davis, Steve Sykes, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson, Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman, Lou Hare, Phil Rockwell & Erin McCabe

Front Row Network

The Front Row started as a simple idea: create a review system that wasn't built on the overly harsh critics system. A blog, a short-lived YouTube channel and podcast launch later, we now celebrate 500 episodes of content. There has been too great a number of people that have gotten us here, but this live episode at Anvil & Forge is our big way to celebrate with just a few of them.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland, Reggie Guyton, Jeremie Bailey, Eric Flick, Mike Zerkle & The Geek Awakens

Every October once again brings MONSTERCAST to the Front Row Network! We're excited to kick off the first of our four horror film spotlights for #MonsterCast by taking a look at the entire #ParanormalActivity Franchise. This is one of the most profitable film franchises of all time and changed the game for found footage's mass appeal. Just, you know..... ignore the last 3.


FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

CLASSICS - Vertigo

Sep 25, 2019

CLASSICS returns by diving into the suspenseful world of Alfred Hitchcock once again with the film that many consider his masterpiece: 1958's Vertigo. A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. We're also beyond psyched to welcome Mr. Eric Flick to the Network for the first time!

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Jeremy Goeckner & Eric Flick (debut)


The Lit Review is a grass-roots podcast based in Chicago. It's headed by two young women out to educate and inspire change. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

News Analysis — Six months into the new administration, we finally have a sense of what Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top priority really is.

courtesy of Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell has been working in public radio for nearly 20 years. His background is in music, he often creates his own music for his stories, which use creative sounds. Mitchell studied music composition at the U of I and learned about the recording studio while working on a project that incorporated manipulated natural sounds.