Tom Marker

Host: Blues Breakers

At ‘XRT we still hear from people who tell us they’ve been listening since we were a part-time, underground station. Tom says he’s been listening longer than that. His first personal contact with ‘XRT was when he met John Platt. He invited Tom to visit him while on the air at WGLD, a one-time progressive rock station based in Oak Park. Tom thought, “cool job.” [Read Tom’s Full Bio]

Billy Branch Tribute On Monday’s Blues Breakers

This Monday Blues Breakers will be all about Billy Branch. Billy is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his band the Sons Of Blues with an all star blowout on the main stage of the Chicago Blues Festival on opening night, June 9.


New Buddy Guy With Mick Jagger On Blues Breakers Tonight

Last fall the Rolling Stones released an album of Chicago Blues. This spring the favor is returned with, “Chicago Plays The Stones.” Tonight on Blues Breakers we’ll spin the Buddy Guy recording where he is joined by second vocalist and harmonica player Mick Jagger.


Biggest Blues Star Ever On Blues Breakers Tonight

The true king of the blues. B.B. was the best. There are over fifty years of B.B. King songs to choose from. We’ll just have to pick a few and then remember to feature him more often so that we can play more. Plus, we’ll give a couple of birthday spin-outs to Little Walter and play the best new releases from Chicago and beyond


Ronnie Baker Brooks & Toronzo Cannon In Free Show And Broadcast With Co-Host Shemekia Copeland

It’s our annual Blues Fest kickoff party at Buddy Guy’s Legends on Thursday evening, June 8, 2017. Once again we feature the top acts of the red hot Chicago Blues scene in a celebration of the beginning of the City of Chicago’s biggest festival.


WXRT Blues Fest Broadcast – Line-Up Announcement On Blues Breakers Tonight

Tonight on Blues Breakers our Artist of the Week will be Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. We will also be making the announcement tonight regarding the annual WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast from Buddy Guy’s Legends.


Chicago Blues Legend Lonnie Brooks Laid To Rest

On Monday, April 10, Lonnie Brooks was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Chicago. Lonnie passed away after a long illness on April 1st. He arrived at his grave site in a horse drawn carriage led by a marching band.


Lonnie Brooks – Artist Of The Week Tonight On Blues Breakers

Over the weekend we lost a top Chicago Blues star, a kind and generous gentleman and a wonderful family man and father: Lonnie Brooks. Tonight on Blues Breakers we’ll be playing an hour of Lonnie Brooks music from 9p-10p on 93XRT in Chicago.


Lonnie Brooks Dies At Age 83

One of the biggest stars of the Chicago Blues has passed away. The Baker (Brooks) family announced today that the patriarch passed away at the age of 83.


Everything You Need To Know About Blues Fest

Here is everything you need to know about artist line-up and location of the fest as well as the side/daytime stages. The big news about the fest is that it moves from Grant Park to a new location, gorgeous Millennium Park.


Blues Breakers Playlist – Monday March 27

We began with Ronnie Baker Brooks (pictured) from his first new record in 10 years. We featured Rufus Thomas in honor of his date of birth. We revealed some of the stars of the upcoming Chicago Blues Festival. And we had an hour long good time.



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