Marty Lennartz

Monday, Tuesday: 9pm-Midnight
Host: The Big Beat

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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Former Death Cab For Cutie Guitarist Returns With New Album [Listen]

An often asked question by Death Cab For Cutie fans over the past year is, “What’s up with Chris Walla?”


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It’s The Summer Of Great TV Shows, Marty & Sarah Discuss Why This Summer Has Seen Some Of The Best Time For TV [Listen]

True Detective, Mr. Robot, and more. Marty & Sarah run down why this summer has been fantastic for TV. Sarah Ricard is the editor of Rotten Tomatoes: The TV Zone and she’ll be chatting with […]


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“I Broke My Third Metatarsal, Which Apparently Was What David Beckham Broke As Well” Florence Welch Chats About Her Injury, New Album, And More With XRT

How Big How Blue How Beautiful, the new album from Florence + The Machine came out this week is one of our featured albums for New Music Thursday. Three weeks ago I talked to frontwoman and creative force Florence Welch about how this record is a more simple and less dramatic collection of songs, her recent injury at Coachella and what it’s like to now perform seated in a chair instead of running and dancing about the stage.


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Nine Miles From The White City, Hear It On XRT This Afternoon

Today on the vinyl frontier, we’ll be spinning a track from the Third Man Records vault release of the White Stripes Nine Miles From The White City.


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 20:  Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs on stage during Big Day Out at Mt Smart Stadium on January 20, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

The Big Beat: May 18, 2015 [Playlist]

THE BIG BEAT – 5/18/15 Crocodiles– Foolin’ Around Best Coast– Heaven Sent Future Islands– The Chase Palma Violets– English Tongue Speedy Ortiz– Raising The Shate Young Fathers– Shame Torres– New Skin Sufjan Stevens– 4th Of […]


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Hear The Second Ever Smashing Pumpkins Release On The Vinyl Frontier This Afternoon

Today’s trip to The Vinyl Frontier is from the 7” single stash, the Smashing Pumpkins song “Tristessa” It was their second ever release and only one on venerable Seattle label, Sub Pop. It was part of Sub Pop’s Single Of The Month Club and followed the release of I Am One”.


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The Big Beat: May 11, 2015 [Playlist]

THE BIG BEAT – 5/11/15 Django Django– Shake & Tremble Wire– Split Your Ends Stealing Sheep– This Time Mac McCaughan– Box Batteries Eternal Summers– Come Alive Blur– Go Out Torres– Sprinter George Fitzgerald– Full Circle […]


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Taking On A New (Vinyl) Frontier, Starting With My First Record

One of the staples of Frank E. Lee’s afternoon show has been the Vinyl Frontier. Every Monday and Wednesday at 4p, Frank would dig deep into his archive of vinyl and drop the needle bringing back the time when records crackled and popped across the airwaves.


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The Big Beat: May 4, 2015 [Playlist]

THE BIG BEAT – 5/4/15 Unknown Mortal Orchestra– Can’t keep Checking My Phone Doldrums– Video Hostage Future Islands– The Chase Lower Dens– To Die In LA Slug– Shake Loose Your Chastity Belt– Joke Jacco Gardner– […]


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The Big Beat: April 27, 2015 [Playlist]

THE BIG BEAT – 4/27/15 Eternal Summers– Gold and Stone The Helio Sequence– Stoic Resemblance Avid Dancer– Medication Waxahatchee– The Dirt Wire– Joust & Jostle Weed– Stay In The Summer Unknown Mortal Orchestra– Can’t Keep […]