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]

New Depeche Mode Video: Where’s The Revolution

“Where’s The Revolution” is the first song from Depeche Mode’s forthcoming album, Spirit, and today the band released the video, directed by photgrapher and filmaker Anton Corbijn.


The Hideout “SXSW Send-Off Party” Announced And Ready To Rock March 11!

What would SXSW, the largest music festival in the world, be without Chicago bands? That is a question that never has to answered if The Hideout has anything to say about it.


It’s a Wilco-WINterlude! We’re Giving Away Tickets For Their Chicago Theatre Shows All Week

It almost goes without saying that whenever Wilco plays hometown shows, its always something special.


“I’m So Happy It’s Friday Night!”

Today we’re celebrating Lin Brehmer’s 25th Anniversary hosting The XRT Morning Show.

I know from my own experience filling in for Lin over the years, getting up to host a morning show that begins at 5:30 in the morning is not easy.


Ryley Walker Added As Opener For Los Lobos at Tivoli!

Today on my show I had the extreme pleasure of announcing that now Chicago’s singer, songwriter and finger picking guitar stylist extraordinaire, Ryley Walker will be opening the Los Lobos shows.


David Byrne Releases Trailer for his New Documentary: Contemporary Color

In the summer of 2015, David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.


Remembering The Great Chicago Blizzard of 1967

The city was brought to a standstill. Side streets were impassable. There was so much snow, we couldn’t even skitch on the back of cars. There were no cars. 50,00 autos were abandoned.


Billy Bragg Changes Dylan Lyrics And Looks Back

Last week, just hours after the inauguration, Billy was moved to re-write some of the lyrics to Dylan’s 60’s protest song, “The Times They Are A Changing”. He recorded the song in his hotel room.


Remembering Maggie Roche of The Roches

It was very sad to see the announcement on Sunday of the death of Maggie Roche after a battle with cancer. Maggie was the primary songwriter and eldest of the Roches, the incredible harmonizing sisters, who’s debut in 1979 is still among my favorite all- time records.


New Song Of The Week: Spoon’s Hot Thoughts

No matter what else is happening around us, it’s got to be a good week when a new Spoon song is delivered to XRT.




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