Michael Phillips adds critical voice to The Drive

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips just landed a third gig on Chicago radio. Not bad for a guy talking about movies.

The veteran Chicago Tribune film critic has signed on as a weekly contributor to Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil’s morning show on Hubbard Radio classic hits WDRV FM 97.1.

Rob Cressman, program director of The Drive, said Phillips turns up every Thursday at 7:20 a.m. with reviews and critiques of new releases.

“Pete and Dan are both avid motion picture fans and their show often gravitates to what’s new at the movies,” Cressman said. “From the fantastic to the failures, The Morning Drive’s Thursday edition will now feature the highly respected credentials and honest appraisals of Michael Phillips as he discusses just-opened films and those set to debut in Chicago.”

Phillips also appears monthly on “Filmspotting,” the movie-review podcast and radio show hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen at midnight weekends on Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5.

And he just wrapped up “The Film Score,” an ambitious monthlong series ongreat music from the movies for classical WFMT FM 98.7. That’s expected to lead to an ongoing role soon to be announced at the Window to the World Communications station.

Phillips joined the Tribune as theatre critic in 2002 and was named film critic in 2006. A frequent contributor to Turner Classic Movies, he co-hosted the final season of the nationally syndicated movie-review show “At the Movies” with A.O. Scott of the New York Times. Phillips is married to Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens.