Wendy Rice

On Air: Saturdays 8am-Noon
Host: Saturday Morning Flashback

Wendy Rice’s first personal encounter with radio was in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois where she wrote and produced a weekly fifteen minute segment on high school news for a local radio station. She was seventeen years old and hasn’t strayed from the microphone since.[Read Wendy’s Full Bio]

June 12, 1991. Pure joy. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images; Copyright 1991 NBAE )

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1991 [Playlist]

One of the best memories of 1991: the Bulls won their very first NBA championship. While there were more to come, that first one was so very sweet. Other Chicago firsts included the new Comiskey […]


Anti-nuclear power protestors on Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 1979 saw a core meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1979 [Playlist]

Since we tend to organize years into decades, 1979 is naturally assigned to the ’70s. But many of the songs we played on Flashback sound more like the early ’80s rather than the album rock […]


(Photo: Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1988 [Playlist]

1988: presidential election year, Olympic year, the lights were switched on at Wrigley Field, Roseanne debuted on TV, Derrick Rose was born. And that’s just skimming the surface. It’s the music that we focus on […]


Ah, the days of colored vinyl! (photo: W.Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1983 [Playlist]

While you were’t giving up your turntable quite yet, the digital revolution was dawning as compact discs and CD players became available in the U.S. and Europe in early 1983. Here in Chicago, Harold Washington […]


Items in a souvenir shop in the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where Jim Morrison is buried. 
(Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1971 [Playlist]

In 1971, Bob Dylan turned 30, Michael Jackson was 13, Jim Morrison (age 27) mysteriously died in Paris, and Duane Allman (age 24) didn’t survive when he crashed his motorcycle in Macon, Georgia. Maybe you […]


Countless quarters were sacrificed to the addictive new arcade game!  (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, CNN, Pac Man, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, J.R. Ewing, Mt. St. Helens, John Lennon. Music highlights included albums from Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Elvis Costello, the […]


photo: W. Rice

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1993 [Playlist]

Among the many highlights of the year was the release of our very first fundraising collection of rare musical treats, On XRT: Live From the Archives Volume 1, which included live performances from The Replacements, […]


(photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that saw the death of the King, music was re-energized. Debut releases from artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Clash, Cheap Trick and others offered an invigorating challenge to the predictable […]


26 Jan 1986: The Chicago Bears celebrate after defensive lineman William  "Refrigerator" Perry scores a touchdown during Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans. The final score:  46-10. 
(photo: Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1986 [Playlist]

Chicago was united by a cast of characters known as Da Bears, and the icing on the cake was their total domination Superbowl victory over the New England Patriots. It was also the year that […]


The Clash: left to right, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, Pete Howard, and Joe Strummer (Photo by Epic Records/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1982 [Playlist]

The top artists on our annual Listener Poll included the Clash, Peter Gabriel, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, and newcomers the Stray Cats and those vegemite lovers, Men at Work! […]