Marty Lennartz

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WXRT’s Marty Lennartz says his most irrational act turned out to be his best move. He quit his job in the car rental business to produce Terri Hemmert’s morning show for 25 bucks per week. That gig turned into a full-time air shift in 1986 when Marty became the overnight host and kept XRT’s midnight lamp burning for the next 20 years. [Read Marty’s Full Bio]

Why Arcade Fire’s 2005 Lollapalooza Performance Vaulted Them To Stardom

The Lollapalooza 2017 line up has a good number of highlights, but the one that’s the most exciting headliner for me is Arcade Fire.

03/30/2017

Berry and Lennon Reelin’ and Rockin’ On Daytime TV

Since Chuck Berry’s passing on Saturday, you’ve undoubtedly seen the John Lennon quote, “If you tried to give rock n’ roll another name, you might have to call it Chuck Berry”.

03/20/2017

The Night The Orwells Took Over Letterman

Today I mentioned how The Orwells national rep was forged the night they made their TV debut on Late Night With David Letterman in 2014 and singer Mario Cuomo went wonderfully out of control

03/16/2017

Spoon Feeding Us New Songs On Late Night TV

This week Spoon spent time sitting in green rooms waiting to play songs for late night TV fans and/or people who watch videos online. That’s you my friend!

03/10/2017

Fleet Foxes Return With Crack-Up

When Fleet Foxes headlined the 2011 Pitchfork Festival I remember standing in the field at Union Park, soaking up the dynamic harmonies and incredible musicianship and excitedly proclaiming to whoever was standing around me that Fleet Foxes was indie rock’s next superstar band.

03/07/2017

Marty Meets The Beatles

But you always remember the first record. Meet The Beatles was the second record I ever owned. I bought it with money I’d saved from the tooth fairy,

03/03/2017

Wilco Winterlude Concert Review From Backstage!

Saturday night was one of those times when the convergence of Wilco, Chicago and WXRT came together for another unforgettable hometown concert experience,

02/27/2017

New Music Thursday Debut: The Orwells

Today on new Music Thursday, I gave the first XRT spin to a song from The Orwells new album, Terrible Human Beings that just came out last week.

02/23/2017

Last Minute Tickets Released for Wilco Winterlude!

All four shows have been sold out for weeks, but earlier today, a very limited number of tickets were released for the first two nights, Wednesday and Thursday

02/20/2017

Mandy Moore Rolls With Dawes in New Video

For those who’s eyes well up on a weekly basis watching the decade hopping family drama “This Is Us”, the appreciation of Mandy Moore, matriarch of the Pearson family grows with every episode. Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer of Dawes, feels the same way.

02/16/2017

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