Lin Brehmer

On-Air: Monday – Friday 5:30-10am
Host: Lin’s Bin
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Lin Brehmer is the indefatigable host of the XRT Morning Show. On the morning of Dec. 30th 1991, he placed a needle on the record, “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads to augur a new chapter in a radio career that began in 1977. He has anchored the XRT Morning Show ever since. His insouciant charm has inspired XRT News Anchor Mary Dixon to leave and come back and leave and come back and leave and come back. The two of them can be heard 5:30-10am Monday through Friday. [Read Lin’s Full Bio]

A Benefit Concert for Music Lovers: Hot Stove Cool Music

For months I have been fielding questions. Who’s playing? Who’s the surprise guest? Will Cubs be there? Will the World Series Trophy be there? Does Theo Epstein really play an instrument? Is Ryan Dempster as nice as he seems?

WXRT–05/26/2017

Michael McDermott and Heather Horton Cover Bob Dylan [Listen]

The musical partnership of Michael McDermott and Heather Horton was forged in a creative fire that preceded their marriage.

WXRT–05/25/2017

Lin Brehmer’s 10 Favorite Bob Dylan Covers

He is arguably the greatest lyricist of the rock and roll generations and many of his songs received a better reception when they were done by other people.

05/24/2017

Lin’s Bin: Chocolate Too Chocolaty? [Read]

Can a drink be, in fact, too chocolaty? This question has philosophical antecedents in the study of aesthetics, religious mysticism, and the proper ordering of milkshakes.

WXRT–05/23/2017

The Jazz Age Diva Who Lived in a Castle: Josephine Baker

She worked as a spy for the French resistance. She stood side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington and became the only woman on that historic day to address the crowd.

WXRT–05/22/2017

Chris Cornell R.I.P. From XRT Morning Show [Listen]

Enjoy this clip from a 2013 interview with XRT.

WXRT–05/18/2017

Which One of the Five Senses is the Best? Lin’s Bin

The most subtle awareness may be our favorite because it is the sense of smell that arrests our memories when we least expect it.

WXRT–05/16/2017

For Mother’s Day: A Vintage Lin’s Bin on Mothers and Daughters [Listen]

When you were born, your mother wrapped you up in a little blanket and took you home consumed with a tenderness more profound than the ferocity of instinct.

WXRT–05/12/2017

Lin’s Bin: “What Can I Do For You?”

What can you do for me? Watch my back. Make sure I have my credit card after I buy the drinks.

WXRT–05/09/2017

Chicago, Home of the James Beard Awards [Watch]

Congratulations to Chefs Rick Bayless and Sarah Grueneberg: Chicago institutions being recognized as the best that America’s culinary tradition has to offer.

WXRT–05/02/2017

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