Diary of an Overnight Radio DJ: A Big Win for the XRT Softball Team

What’s that you asked? You want to know who won last night’s game in Radio League 16 inch Softball? Well thank you for asking. As it turns out, we won. And it was fantastic.

Radio League Softball is a real thing, and exactly what you think it would be like. After a tough loss last week, we held our own against The Mix last night. Here’s how it went down:

It’s the bottom of the 9th inning. The score is 7-8, we’re down by 1. 2 outs. XRT Morning Show Producer Chris Cwiak is up to bat. He hits a solid grounder and snags first base. Nicely done Chris. It’s my turn now, oh brother. I’m pretty hit-or-miss but this time I hit, it’s a grounder and I somehow make it safely to first base. Still 2 outs, guy on second, girl on first, and the pressure’s really on now. Enter Mark, new guy at The Score and Hero of this story, who sends that ball so far into the outfield they had to hop on the Brown Line to get to it.

Next thing I know I’m heading towards third, and third base coach and CBS Engineer Extraodinare Dominic Mendicino is screaming and waving at me like a wild-eyed lunatic, “go home! Go home!” I cross home plate with barely a second to spare, score the 9th run making it 9-8 us, and the celebration ensues.

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That one’s for you, Les.

It’s a win we’ll be celebrating this Friday night the XRT Taste of Chicago Concert, and everyone is invited. Shakey Graves will open around 5:30 and the Decemberists will headline. And if you can’t make it to Grant Park, tune in to the live broadcast of the show at 93xrt.com or the good old-fashioned way, 93.1 FM.

Another fun thing happening this week is the Goose Island Music In Motion Film Series at the Music Box Theatre, tonight. Join us at 7:30 for a viewing of the LCD Soundsystem Documentary, “Shut Up and Play The Hits.” Tickets here.

Man I love summer in Chicago.

I also love this radio station. Tonight I played a new song from a new band, Whitney. Max Kakacek and Julian Ehrlich, formerly of the beloved Chicago band Smith Westerns, formed Whitney and released their debut album this summer, Light Upon The Lake.

“No Matter Where We Go” – Whitney

I also love me some Tom Petty on the overnight:

“A Woman In Love” – Tom Petty

There’s a crazy storm right now so it’s time to go watch the lightning from someone’s office. But one more thing- if you’re stopping by the Taste this Saturday afternoon, make sure to stop by the Humana tent for Humana’s HappIEST Hour: Mocktail Challenge for Charity. I’ll be hosting this mix-off between XRT’s very own Mary Dixon, Catherine De Orio of Check Please, and Jay Hilgenberg of the Chicago Bears. Judges will include XRT’s Johnny Mars, and Chicago Bears Play-by-Play Announcer Jeff Joniak. See you in Grant Park this Saturday from 1:30-3:30.

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