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]

A souvenir from the summer of '78

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1978 [Playlist]

The biggest concert event happened in August when Mayor Bilandic “borrowed” the concept of an urban outdoor festival from Milwaukee’s Summerfest and presented the first annual Chicagofest on Navy Pier. Long before any renovations would […]


At the premiere of the new Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' at the London Pavilion, 18th July 1968. John and Paul hold apples, the symbol of their newly formed company, Apple Corps. Thousands of Beatle fans brought traffic to a standstill in Piccadilly Circus as they waited to see the group arrive at the premiere. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1968 [Playlist]

When you consider 1968, many adjectives come to mind: influential, radical, potent, momentous, incomparable. It’s been called “the year that shaped a generation.” The music was certainly a key component. Often loud, soulful, reflective, outspoken, […]


An aerial view of the old and new Comiskey Parks circa 1990.
(Photo by Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1990 [Playlist]

Midnight Oil’s album Blue Sky Mining topped our annual Listener Poll, along with the film Dances With Wolves, the TV show Twin Peaks, and the Alpine Valley concerts in August starring Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray […]


These are not actual high school students. 
(Photo by ABC Television/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1975 [Playlist]

Those of us who were watching prime time TV forty years ago were introduced to some classic sitcoms, like Welcome Back, Kotter, Barney Miller, and The Jeffersons. And while 1975 is often remembered as a […]


July 13, 1985: Wembley stadium, London
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1985 [Playlist]

It was a year when musicians donated their time and talents to major fundraising projects, with Live Aid in London and Philadelphia, Farm Aid, USA for Africa, and Artists United Against Apartheid. Awareness and funds […]


President Richard M Nixon  addresses Astronauts (from left to right) Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, in their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet. The astronauts were recovered from the Pacific Ocean on July 24 near Hawaii, after the first successful manned space flight to the moon. They remained in quarantine for three weeks.  (Photo by NASA/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1969 [Playlist]

It was an historic year for space travel and a pivotal year for music. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, fulfilling President Kennedy’s vow to get there before the decade ended. (And […]


Plastic multicolored frustration.
(Photo: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1981 [Playlist]

What was new in 1981? The space shuttle Columbia, the Sony Walkman, the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice (Sandra Day O’Connor), the first professional baseball players strike, Rubic’s Cube, Hill Street Blues, and the […]


From the archives: low-tech Listener Poll 
(photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1974 [Playlist]

The first WXRT Listener Poll was conducted in 1973, but it seems no one had the foresight to save a copy of the results, so the 1974 survey – pictured here – is the first […]


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 […]



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