LOG IN   |   Not a member?   BECOME A VIP

The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show is hosted by Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, Chris "Hot Wings" Michels, Producer Joe and Steve.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FREE BEER & HOT WINGS SHOW. The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began as an afternoon show in Omaha, NE at non-commercial radio station KIWR in March of 1997. The Show, comprised of former Central Michigan University roommates Gregg Daniels and Chris Michels, eventually moved to mornings several months later where they remained until the summer of 2000. At that time, they moved on to WBON in Knoxville, TN where they met the show's eventual third member and fellow CMU grad, Eric Zane. At that time, Zane was their direct competitor at WIMZ. When he was fired, he immediately drove across town and joined The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show. In June of 2002, The Show moved to New Jersey, where they were simulcast on WTHK in Trenton and WCHR on the Jersey Shore. The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show began full syndication in 2004 with the addition of WGRD in Grand Rapids, MI. Producer Joe joined the show in 2005, followed by Steve in 2009. Eric Zane left the show in early 2016. The show is now heard on radio stations in 26 different states.

WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM? Instead of calling the show 'The Gregg and Chris Show,' which by all estimations would have been the most boring sounding radio show in the world, the decision was made to call it The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which seemed far more attention grabbing. It was admittedly nothing more than a cheap ploy to get people to listen under the false pretense that they may actually have a chance to win beer and/or hot wings. It was not intended that those two things would become permanently synonymous and attached to Gregg and Chris as nicknames, but that's what happened and now they have to live with the consequences of their B.S. forever.

*Photos courtesy of Tim Motley, Motley Cat Studio
THE SHOW
FREE BEER
HOST

One of the founding members of the show since its inception in March of 1997, Free Beer sets up most of the bits on the show. Free Beer is known for many verbal screw ups, a vast sports knowledge, and occasionally laughing like Ricky Ricardo from old episodes of "I Love Lucy". Occasionally known on the show by the alternate nicknames "Burn King" and "El Matador", Free Beer spends free time playing basketball and hanging with his lovely wife Amanda, and his sons Henry, Oliver and Hayden. On the side, Free Beer is the lead play by play announcer for Compass Media Networks coverage of the national game of the week, as well as handling some NFL and college basketball games.

Send Free Beer an email
HOT WINGS
HOST

Hot Wings, the other founding member of the show, is from Lake Orion, MI which, for reasons unknown is pronounced Or-ee-un instead of Oh-RI-un, like the constellation. Hot Wings, also known as "Mayor of Awesometown" and "Minista of Flava", loves muscle cars and hates liberals. He writes daily commentaries about politics and pop culture called What Hot Wings Thinks that will likely reference one or both of those things. He is oddly and prematurely knowledgeable about trees...a skill he picked up from his father who wears black socks and dress shoes with shorts and has a tendency to singe his hair around gas grills. Hot Wings believes he can tell time just by looking at the sun. He likes home improvement and knows just enough to be a pain in his own ass, taking on projects that seem easy, but take him weeks. Hot Wings is married to Kerri. Together, they have two sons, Grayson and Liam. The first kid took 6 rounds of IVF. The 2nd took 2 glasses of wine and hardly any effort. Hot Wings also has a dog, (Bubba) and one cat (Setzer), which was a stray cat that Hot Wings almost ran over and is named after Brian Setzer who was the leader of an '80s band called The Stray Cats.

Send Hot Wings an email
JOE
HOST

Joe joined the show as a full-time member in 2005 after working for free for several months and living in a glorified squat house with a community bathroom. Initially, Joe was nearly inept, but the show kept him around because he worked so cheap and was entertaining to watch as he gained and lost weight, earning him the nickname "Joprah". He is also occasionally known as "Donkey Teeth" because of his giant, donkey-like front teeth. Now, Joe is an invaluable and permanent part of the team. Though a lot of what he does takes place behind the scenes and after the show, you will hear him pop up on air from time to time when he thinks of inappropriate things to add to the conversation. He is an avid rock climber, cyclist, runner, and reader.

Send Joe an email
STEVE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Steve was born and raised in Jersey, which many people are surprised to hear is referred to as "The Garden State." He went to college at Monmouth University and after realizing that he had no desire to take Microeconomics, he figured he'd be a Radio major and work for the college radio station, WMCX. Some highlights include interviewing awful bands, saying the F-word on the air a few times and excelling at mediocre radio. This led to a job working for a number of years at 105.7 The Hawk, which is where his paths crossed with the Free Beer and Hot Wings show. Initially a board op, Steve eventually worked his way up to the position of Assistant Program Director of the station. He then worked for the NHL in New York City for a year. And now he's here.

Follow me on Twitter @NoPHinSteven.

Send Steve an email
JUSTIN
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Justin is proof that two ugly parents don't make a pretty baby. Justin grew up in a trailer park in Washington State with dreams to become an NBA player. When he only grew to be 5'8 his dreams of becoming rich and dunking basketballs were shattered. Justin then took his on-the-court trash talking skills to the podcast world where he discovered a career in the radio industry, leading to Producer roles on two well-known Seattle morning shows. Justin is the newest member of the show and by far the least talented. His huge head has earned him the nicknames "Heady Murphy" and "Head Sheeran".

Justin is married to a woman way hotter than him, has a dog named Grizzwald and cat named Goose. Justin spends his free time riding motorcycles, schooling old guys on the basketball court and eating food that makes his stomach hate him.

Send Justin an email