Mary Dixon

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Mary Dixon is a Chicago native who had to take the long way home. Not long after her birth at Loretto Hospital on the West Side, Mary’s parents packed the family up for their ancestral home of Dixon, Illinois. It was there that she quit a career as a very bad waitress to begin spinning records and reading hog reports for WIXN Radio. [Read Mary's Full Bio]


Knowledge Is Power – Nat’l HIV Testing Day

Friday, June 27, 2014 is National HIV Testing Day. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13-64 get tested, because an early diagnosis can mean better health while preventing the spread of HIV. If [...]


Sheriff Tom Dart
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Sheriff Dart Talks Mental Health Issues At Cook Co. Jail On XRT

The largest mental health institution in the US is not a hospital — it’s the Cook County Jail. I spoke with Sheriff Tom Dart for this weekend’s public affairs show on XRT. He says the [...]


(Photo: Mary Dixon/WXRT)

Happy Earth Day from the ‘XRT Morning Show!

Humans of Earth, NASA wants you to take part in its latest effort to map the Big Blue Marble. The space agency is asking us to step outside, snap a selfie and post it on [...]


(Photo: John Dixon)

Flashback Friday (Preview)! 1983

Is it a challenge to spot the XRT correspondent in this sea of citrus polyester and puffy perms? This is the Dixon High School Jazz-Show Choir at the Oak Lawn Jazz Festival in 1983. With [...]


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CTA O’Hare Station Closed After Blue Line Derailment

Early this morning, a Blue Line train came into the O’Hare station and ran right onto the platform and up the stairs (!!!). CTA officials say 32 people were injured, none seriously. The station is [...]


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The Sexiest Elbows In Rock Music! (VIDEO!!!) (SFW!)

What do Bob Mould, Britt Daniel, Dave Grohl, John Stirratt, Ian Rubbish (aka Fred Armisen), Tim Meadows, and especially Margaret Cho agree on? That local hero Jason Narducy has the sexiest elbows in rock music. [...]


Photo by Mary Dixon

Get Out And Vote, Ya Big Baby!

This is the message we at the XRT Morning Show like to send every election day. It’s a variation on the ol’ trope, “if you don’t vote, you can’t bitch.” We only say it because [...]


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The 80s Explained, By Kevin Bacon [Watch]

Rule Number One: If it happened before you were born, you are not excused from learning about it. Kevin Bacon, AKA Ren McCormack from “Footloose,” is down with this rule. He wants kids today to [...]


President Obama

President Obama Goes Between Two Ferns

The caption identifies him as “Barack Obama – Community Organizer” as the commander in chief submits to a deadpan-off with Zach Galifianakis on his popular Funny Or Die show, “Between Two Ferns.” They traded barbs [...]


Early voting

Voting Makes You SEXY!

Now that I have your attention, did you know that you can vote early in the Illinois March primary this week? Even if you’re not registered to vote yet, you can get on the Democracy [...]