Lin Brehmer

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Nothing much survives from Brehmer’s high school years except rumor and innuendo. He distinguished himself as the starting pitcher for the varsity baseball team from 1969 to 1972. He also spent winters in a Kelly-green Speedo as a member of the McBurney swim team. All pictures were destroyed by the government. [Read Lin’s Full Bio]

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: It’s A Cow Christmas “We Three Cows” [Listen]

When I spent a glorious 12 months in Minneapolis in 1990-91, a friend and colleague named Nancy informed me that some friends of hers were putting together a Christmas album. What is it called? I […]



Linside Chicago: The Auditorium Theater [Listen]

This evening the breathtaking Auditorium Theater throws a party and a performance. Today marks the Theater’s 125th Anniversary and they will present a variety show like no other starting at 6pm. John Mahoney is your emcee and will host performances by Patti LuPone, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Apollo Chorus of Chicago.


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Preston Penn “Little Pee Wee (Christmas Tree)”

Preston Penn was born in Oklahoma in 1930. A World War II veteran, Mr. Penn raised quarter horses and rabbits in Texas for most of his life. He also dabbled in the recording business. Christmas […]


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Lin’s Bin: Hipsters

Bert Miklosi asks, What’s the deal with Hipsters? Hipsters appear in our world fully formed. They were never in diapers. They never wore Cub Scout uniforms. Their parents did not influence their musical taste. Or […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: The Beat Farmers “Happy Boy”

The Beat Farmers emerged from San Diego in the early 80’s. Their debut album, Tales of the New West, was featured prominently on XRT in 1985. This album included a bizarre ditty sung by the […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Dillard Hartford Dillard “Two Hits & the Joint Turned Brown”

Maybe you’ve started worrying about your orbital frontal cortex. This morning, Mary Dixon reported that pot smoking can shrink a section of your brain. Here’s the good news: if you’re stoned, you probably didn’t realize […]


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Bears Slaughter Rule: A Playlist [Listen]

What can you say? The Packers scored 42 points in the first half. Rodgers threw 6 (can that be right?) touchdown passes. The Bears are 3-6. The Bears have skidded to the bottom. And so […]


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Lin Brehmer’s Drummer Jokes [Watch]

When my son was a toddler, he wanted to be a drummer. Now I’ve got nothing against drummers, but my years in the music business taught me something. Drummers always get the shaft. They blow […]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Richard Cheese “Fight for Your Right”

A piquant selection from Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine will satisfy this week’s need for the traditional Hump Day Unusual Moment. With the midterm elections still as fresh in our minds as a […]


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Lin Brehmer’s Halloween 2014 Diary [Listen]

“Hold still,” she scolded. Mary Dixon was doing what she does second best. Face painting. The XRT Morning Show had yielded to her grand scheme to tie our Halloween to The Museum of Contemporary Art’s […]




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