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WXRT Studio Peek (3-5-12, 4pm hour)
WXRT Studio Peek (3-5-12, 4pm hour)
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Johnny Winter - Dust My Broom (Gigity.TV excerpt) WXRT Blues Breakers Broadcast
Johnny Winter - Dust My Broom (Gigity.TV excerpt) WXRT Blues Breakers Broadcast
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WXRT 93.1 FM - "Give Our Rock A Listen!" (Commercial, 1983)
WXRT 93.1 FM - "Give Our Rock A Listen!" (Commercial, 1983)
::2008/04/27::
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Arctic Monkeys interview on WXRT 2014
Arctic Monkeys interview on WXRT 2014
::2014/08/04::
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How to Build a Bar for the WXRT GALApalooza Event
How to Build a Bar for the WXRT GALApalooza Event
::2011/07/30::
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Wayne Baker Brooks Live on WXRT 93.1 @ Buddy Guys Legends
Wayne Baker Brooks Live on WXRT 93.1 @ Buddy Guys Legends
::2007/03/02::
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Craftsman Experience - WXRT Listener Poll Awards Gala
Craftsman Experience - WXRT Listener Poll Awards Gala
::2011/01/27::
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WXRT Regular Guy Chicago Cubs Prayer 2012.MOV
WXRT Regular Guy Chicago Cubs Prayer 2012.MOV
::2012/04/05::
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The Wood Brothers at WXRT - "Atlas"
The Wood Brothers at WXRT - "Atlas"
::2006/07/27::
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David Bowie -
David Bowie - 'I Can't Read' + interview WXRT Chicago 16.10.97.
::2013/11/18::
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Famous Potatoes Chicago WXRT Concert.
Famous Potatoes Chicago WXRT Concert.
::2014/03/12::
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Dark Star Orchestra - WXRT Studios - 01/31/14
Dark Star Orchestra - WXRT Studios - 01/31/14
::2014/01/31::
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Quigley Speaks in Recognition of Lin Brehmer and WXRT Anniversary
Quigley Speaks in Recognition of Lin Brehmer and WXRT Anniversary
::2012/01/24::
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SONIA DADA- Live on WXRT Radio Chicago
SONIA DADA- Live on WXRT Radio Chicago
::2013/01/09::
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Mumford & Sons - The Cave (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
Mumford & Sons - The Cave (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
::2010/12/19::
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The Wood Brothers at WXRT - "Luckiest Man"
The Wood Brothers at WXRT - "Luckiest Man"
::2006/07/27::
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Frank Turner - Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
Frank Turner - Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
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Hard Working Amercans - 02/24/14 - WXRT Studios
Hard Working Amercans - 02/24/14 - WXRT Studios
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Michael Palin on your changing body (for WXRT)
Michael Palin on your changing body (for WXRT)
::2013/10/17::
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Michael Palin on the British WXRT Cult
Michael Palin on the British WXRT Cult
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Plain White T
Plain White T's Live acoustic 1 2 3 4 WXRT Chicago Studio X
::2014/03/31::
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WXRT-FM RADIO - CHICAGO, IL (RiO!BACKSTAGE)
WXRT-FM RADIO - CHICAGO, IL (RiO!BACKSTAGE)
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Billy Corgan 2012 Interview on WXRT on Oceania
Billy Corgan 2012 Interview on WXRT on Oceania
::2012/06/08::
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Terri Hemmert WXRT Radio Chicago 1989
Terri Hemmert WXRT Radio Chicago 1989
::2010/02/18::
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L.P. Performs "Into The Wild" Live At WXRT - Chicago
L.P. Performs "Into The Wild" Live At WXRT - Chicago's Finest Rock
::2012/07/12::
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Glen Hansard, "High Hope" Live From WXRT Chicago
Glen Hansard, "High Hope" Live From WXRT Chicago's Finest Rock
::2012/06/26::
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Ha Ha Tonka-WXRT show Chicago
Ha Ha Tonka-WXRT show Chicago
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Craftsman and Chicago
Craftsman and Chicago's WXRT Radio Feature AmpliVox in the Craftsman Experience
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David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) on WXRT Radio Chicago 16.10.97.
David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) on WXRT Radio Chicago 16.10.97.
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Mumford & Sons - Roll Away Your Stone (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
Mumford & Sons - Roll Away Your Stone (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
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L.P. Performs "Levitator" Live At WXRT - Chicago
L.P. Performs "Levitator" Live At WXRT - Chicago's Finest Rock
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Mumford & Sons  - Interview (WXRT Chicago)
Mumford & Sons - Interview (WXRT Chicago)
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David Bowie -  Always Crashing In The Same Car (WXRT Radio Chicago 16.10.97. )
David Bowie - Always Crashing In The Same Car (WXRT Radio Chicago 16.10.97. )
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Death Cab for Cutie visits WXRT - Chicago
Death Cab for Cutie visits WXRT - Chicago's Finest Rock
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Frank Turner - Live And Let Die / Photosynthesis - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
Frank Turner - Live And Let Die / Photosynthesis - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
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The Civil Wars - Interview 3 - Live From Studio X « WXRT
The Civil Wars - Interview 3 - Live From Studio X « WXRT
::2013/01/03::
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Sound Opinions WXRT - Syd Barrett Radio Special - Part 2
Sound Opinions WXRT - Syd Barrett Radio Special - Part 2
::2009/07/06::
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Terri Hemmert on WXRT (TV Interview)
Terri Hemmert on WXRT (TV Interview)
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Paul Westerberg Interview-WXRT 5-7-02
Paul Westerberg Interview-WXRT 5-7-02
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Sound Opinions WXRT - Syd Barrett Radio Special - Part1
Sound Opinions WXRT - Syd Barrett Radio Special - Part1
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L.P. Performs "Salvation" Live At WXRT - Chicago
L.P. Performs "Salvation" Live At WXRT - Chicago's Finest Rock
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Frank Turner - The Way I Tend To Be - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
Frank Turner - The Way I Tend To Be - Chicago, IL WXRT Studio X - October 29 2013
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Sonia Dada- Live- Lay my body down- Live on WXRT radio, Chicago
Sonia Dada- Live- Lay my body down- Live on WXRT radio, Chicago
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Dark Star Orchestra-Friend of the Devil-Live in Studio X-WXRT
Dark Star Orchestra-Friend of the Devil-Live in Studio X-WXRT
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Mumford & Sons - Dance, Dance, Dance (Neil Young cover) (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
Mumford & Sons - Dance, Dance, Dance (Neil Young cover) (Live @ WXRT Chicago)
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WXRT 93 FM - "Chicago
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The Civil Wars   Billie Jean   Live From Studio X « WXRT
The Civil Wars Billie Jean Live From Studio X « WXRT
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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD play RELIGION A Cappella on WXRT FM Chicago 1982
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD play RELIGION A Cappella on WXRT FM Chicago 1982
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Heartless Bastards Perform "Skin And Bone" Live From Studio X At WXRT Chicago
Heartless Bastards Perform "Skin And Bone" Live From Studio X At WXRT Chicago
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The Civil Wars - Interview 2 - Live From Studio X « WXRT
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WXRT
WXRT-FM.png
City of license Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago market
Branding 93XRT
Slogan Chicago's Finest Rock
Frequency 93.1 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
93.1 HD-2 for Channel X: XRT New Music Channel
93.1 HD-3 for Last.fm Discover
First air date 1972
Format AAA
ERP 6,700 watts
HAAT 399 meters (1,309 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 16853
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio East, Inc.)
Sister stations WBBM, WBBM-FM, WCFS-FM, WJMK-FM, WSCR, WUSN
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV station WBBM-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.93xrt.com

WXRT, also known as WXRT 93.1, XRT, and 93-XRT is an adult album alternative (AAA) radio station in Chicago, Illinois. For many years their slogan has been "Chicago's Finest Rock". WXRT is a primary sponsor of the Chicago nonprofit Rock For Kids.

The station broadcasts from a transmitter atop John Hancock Center, and its studios are located at Two Prudential Plaza in the Loop.

History[edit]

WFJL-FM (93.1 MHz) went on the air in Chicago in 1947. WFJL was operated as a non-commercial station by Lewis College of Science and Technology (now Lewis University, "FJL" being an abbreviation for Frank J. Lewis). Lewis College sold WFJL-FM in 1958 to Louis Lee, who changed the call letters to WSBC-FM in 1959. Lee changed the call letters again in 1964 to WXRT-FM. Dan Lee, Louis Lee's son, sold WXRT in 1995; it is now owned by CBS Radio.

The format as it exists today began in 1972 as a nighttime-only freeform rock experiment, sharing the 93.1 frequency with a variety of different ethnic and foreign language programming that aired during the daylight hours. The part-time progressive rock format was gradually expanded, and by 1976 it aired 24 hours a day. By the 1980s the station played primarily new wave and alternative music of that time. As the 1990s approached the station opted to stay with its core audience and move to a AAA format. The office of the radio station was located at 4949 W. Belmont Ave. on the northwest side of Chicago, until September 6, 2008, when it was relocated to the NBC Tower in downtown Chicago. On March 16, 2010, it was again relocated to the Prudential Plaza.

WXRT was locally owned until 1995. It was then purchased by Westinghouse, which had acquired WMAQ 670 (which has since changed call letters to WSCR) a few years before. WXRT became part of the CBS conglomerate in 1996 when Westinghouse and CBS merged. CBS later merged with Infinity Radio, keeping the Infinity name for its radio division. CBS and Viacom would merge in 2000, making WXRT an Infinity Radio station whose parent companies were CBS and Viacom. In December 2005, Infinity Radio officially became CBS Radio in anticipation of the CBS/Viacom split up.

Personnel[edit]

Current Programming Personnel:

  • Norm Winer (Program Director)
  • John Farneda (Music Director/Operations Manager)
  • Marty Lennartz (DJ/Creative Assistant to Programming/Host of the Big Beat)
  • Lin Brehmer (Morning show host)
  • Mary Dixon (News anchor)
  • Terri Hemmert (DJ/Host of Breakfast with the Beatles)
  • Frank E. Lee (DJ)
  • Jason Thomas (DJ)
  • Ryan Arnold (DJ)
  • Tom Marker (DJ/Host of Blues Breakers)
  • Wendy Rice (DJ/Host of Saturday Morning Flashback)
  • Richard Milne (DJ/Host of Local Anesthetic)
  • Barry Winograd (Host of Jazz Transfusion)
  • Leslie Witt (DJ)
  • Johnny Mars (DJ)
  • Bill Artlip (DJ)
  • Lara Mondae (DJ)
  • Emma Mac (DJ)

There has been remarkably little disc jockey turnover at XRT since it began in 1972. Terri Hemmert is the DJ who has been with XRT the longest, since 1973. Norm Winer, who worked at pioneering progressive rock radio stations WBCN in Boston and KSAN in San Francisco, has been the XRT Program Director for over 30 years.

Current format and programming[edit]

WXRT plays a very broad library of mostly adult-oriented rock dating from the mid-'50s to the present. The station's playlist includes over 5,000 songs which appear on a regular basis from a wide set of genres, including blues, reggae, folk-rock, pop, and rock and roll. The station is well known for its Saturday Morning Flashback program, hosted by Wendy Rice (Norm's wife), and its Breakfast with the Beatles (a show that originated at WCKG in 1985) program on Sunday mornings, hosted by Terri Hemmert. "Blues Breakers" emphasizes the blues of Chicago artists and has been hosted by Tom Marker since 1984. "Jazz Transfusion", hosted by Barry Winograd, features a wide range of jazz from different eras and genres. "Local Anesthetic," hosted by Richard Milne since 1991, features the latest music from Chicago-area artists.

April Fools' jokes[edit]

WXRT has performed numerous April Fools' Day jokes over the years.

On April 1, 1998, WXRT stated during its morning show with Lin Brehmer that it was now called WXXXRT, and that it was now a subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises. Brehmer, the normal morning show host, and his news anchor partner, Mary Dixon, very calmly and casually made the announcement several times throughout the show that day and made very little fuss about the change in ownership, trying to pawn it off as no big deal. The station's music format was now changed to include primarily 1980s dance music. Brehmer took extra care to mention the change in station call letters more than usual. Many of the conversations from angry listeners were recorded off-the-air that morning, and then edited together and played back the next day, April 2. Some of the conversations included Brehmer talking with people, letting them fume, and then asking the angry listener what day it was; this often resulted in the listener realizing they had been a victim of the hoax.

Also, during the 90's on April 1, WXRT announced its new studio, with a window to the street, at 380 N. Michigan Avenue. That address didn't exist, as it put the studio address in the middle of the Michigan Avenue bridge crossing the Chicago River.

In 2006, WXRT announced it would end its Saturday Morning Flashback program on April 1 of that year. Many listeners did not realize the importance of the proposed end date for the program as a clue that the announcement was a hoax.

In 2012, a year when April Fool's Day fell on a Sunday, the station's hoax involved broadly promoting a new, hours-long show that would immediately follow Terri Hemmert's "Breakfast With the Beatles." This show, entitled "Electric Light Brunch," would follow the format of "Breakfast With the Beatles," but feature the music of The Electric Light Orchestra.

In 2013, WXRT announced it was going to play its entire collection of music from A to Z. This was extremely interesting, because the station has 30+ years of music in their library, and would have taken weeks to go through the entire library. The running joke was that it was going to take until Memorial Day to finish (just around 2 months), according to Lin Brehmer. The station did follow suit on April 1, and played letters A and B in their library. The next day, they announced it as an April Fool's joke. Despite being a joke, many listeners were quite interested in hearing the entire library played on air, and has generated some interest as to whether WXRT could or will do this sometime in the future.

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Coordinates: 41°53′56″N 87°37′23″W / 41.899°N 87.623°W / 41.899; -87.623

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