Marty Lennartz

XRT Afternoon Host: 1-4 PM:

Marty Lennartz claims that his most irrational act, quitting a full-time job to intern at WXRT, was also his best move, as he officially joined the staff in 1981 as producer for Terri Hemmert’s morning show. Since 1986 Marty has been hosting the overnight program, and he also can be heard on weekend afternoons.[Read Marty’s Full Bio]

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That Time The White Stripes & Led Zeppelin Shared A Stage Together At Bonnaroo

Today’s XRT Friday Feature puts Led Zeppelin together with Jack White, a pairing that makes perfect rock and roll sense. I once saw them play on stage together. Sort of.

6 hours ago

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Why Prince Was An Artist Unlike Any Other, Marty Lennartz Remembers The Late Prince Rogers Nelson

This has been a great year for the eternal jam in Rock N Roll Heaven, but for us mere mortal souls, 2016 has really sucked.

04/21/2016

Former VU frontman Lou Reed circa 1976 (Keystone/Getty Images)

My Record Store Day Haul

We hope you all had a great Record Store Day on Saturday and that you were to find what you were looking for on such a beautiful day. But the most fun thing about record searching is the unexpected find.

04/18/2016

Vinyl Records Continue To Have Growing Cult Following

The First Record I Ever Bought

Remember the days when going to your favorite record store was what you did on Saturday afternoons?

04/15/2016

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“It Seems Like Most Of The Music I Learn Comes From Chicago” Carlos Santana Chats W/XRT [Listen]

Carlos Santana sat down with Marty Lennartz and discussed how Chicago has played a pivotal role in Santana’s music as well as reuniting with his classic lineup for Santana IV after 45 years apart.

04/14/2016

Father John Misty On The BlueCross Blue Shield Performance Stage (Photo: Marty Rosenbaum)

Why Seeing A Show At XRT Is One Of The Best Concert Experiences You Can Have

Since The BlueCross BlueShield Performance stage opened during Lollapalooza 2013 it has become a required stop for many artists and bands when they’re in town.

04/05/2016

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How A 17 Year Old Lorde Stole The Show Amongst A Sea Of Veterans At Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza 2014 was made up largely of returning veterans. Five of the six headliners had played the festival before, including Kings of Leon and Eminem who had both previously headlined.

03/15/2016

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How Lollapalooza Set The Culinary Standard For Music Festivals

Perry Farrell and the organizers have always tried to enhance the entire experience and when you want to up the ante in Chicago, food is a good way to go.

03/09/2016

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“We’re Moving At The Speed Of Inspiration And Are Making It For Each Other” – Iggy Pop & Josh Homme Chat W/XRT

Iggy Pop & Josh Homme first teamed up to work on music together in January of 2015, but it wasn’t until a year later when news of their collaboration became public.

03/03/2016

Former VU frontman Lou Reed circa 1976 (Keystone/Getty Images)

Happy 74th Birthday Lou Reed!

Today would have been the 74th birthday for one of rock’s most influential artists, Lou Reed.

03/02/2016

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