Jimmy "Mac" McInerney
Jimmy “Mac” McInerney is an award-winning Chicago area radio professional and freelance audio producer. Jimmy has worked with the best of the best in the talk radio industry serving as producer for shows hosted by some of the elite in the biz. Jimmy was the Technical Producer for The Jonathon Brandmeier Show throughout the nineties, working out of both Chicago (WLUP/WCKG) and Los Angeles (KSLX). Jimmy also produced shows hosted by Kevin Matthews, Danny Bonaduce, and Buzz Kilman. Throughout his radio career, Jimmy worked on or contributed to other shows like the syndicated Howard Stern Show on WLUP and The Bill O’Reilly Show (while recording remotely in Chicago). In addition, he produced shows at the LOOP with celebrity hosts, like Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Siskel & Ebert and many others. In 2002, Jimmy segued from show producer to production director while at CBS Radio’s WCKG. He has also had successful runs at 9FM and 95.9 The River before going completely independent at the beginning of 2015. Jimmy is the winner of two Chicagoland A.I.R.Awards – 1997: Best On Air Audience Promotion (as voice talent) & 2001: Best Midday Show on a Talk Station (as producer).
A lifelong Star Wars enthusiast and collector from the “original generation” of fans, he first fell in love with the galaxy far, far away in a dark movie theater back in 1977 and hasn’t looked back since. Professionally, Jimmy became known for infusing his passion for Star Wars into his work as he covered the releases of the Star Wars: Special Editions and Prequel Trilogy of films as a member of the Chicago media. From there, he segued into the field of website reporting, internet radio and podcasting, culminating with the creation of the award-winning Rebel Force Radio (RFR) with co-host Jason Swank. Beyond podcasting, Jimmy is the writer and producer of the 2008 Atom Films Star Wars Fan Film Award-winning animated short George Lucas Hip Hop, producer of the live audio drama Star Wars: Smuggler’s Gambit at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, and is proud to be an inaugural member of Dave Filoni’s “104th Wolfpack.” Jimmy is also an honorary member of both the 501st and Rebel Legions. Newsstand publications like Star Wars Insider Magazine has featured articles written by Jimmy and he can often be heard on various Chicago area radio stations talking about Star Wars. Jimmy also is an avid Chicago sports fan, guitar player, and physical fitness enthusiast. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife, WGN Radio talk show host Wendy Snyder, and their two boys, Michael and Dylan.
Jimmy Mac, along with his RFR co-host Jason Swank, was the host of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Behind-The-Scenes Stage.