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]

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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. 
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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! […]


President Nixon during a press conference announcing the entry of American soldiers in Cambodia.    
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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1970 [Playlist]

It was a turbulent year. In April, the NASA mission with the unlucky number became a real-life drama. As we heard on Flashback, the actual quote was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Astronauts Lovell, Swigert […]


A small portion of the 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound. 
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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1989 [Playlist]

It was an action-packed year: the Exxon Valdez nightmare, protest and tragedy in Tiananmen Square, and the destruction of the Berlin Wall. The Reagan era came to a close when George H. W. Bush moved […]


Frosting in their facial hair: Norm Winer, Seth Mason, and Bob Gelms with cake celebrating 9 years of XRT in 1981.
(photo: WXRT Archives)

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, Hill Street Blues, and the Chicago Sting […]


Vice President Spiro Agnew and Former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands located at the Kennedy Space Center  Viewing Site. Is that Lady Bird in the jaunty hat and groovy shades?
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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 […]


Was Terri signaling a victory or "let's play two"?
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Saturday Morning Flashback: 1984 [Playlist]

Yes, it was the year of the Cubs’ debacle in San Diego. Get over it. 1984 was also the year that the Bulls drafted Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey came to the Windy City to join a local TV morning show, and the first Chicago Blues Festival was held in Grant Park.



Saturday Morning Flashback: 1973 [Playlist]

This Week’s Playlist: 1973 It was the year the Sears Tower was completed, giving Chicago the world’s tallest building. A horse called Secretariat won the Triple Crown. The reality TV series of the summer was […]


Pippen, Jordan, and Drexler of the "Dream Team" model red, white, blue, and gold.
(photo: Mike Powell / Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1992 [Playlist]

It was a very good year for Michael Jordan. In June, the Bulls defeated the Trailblazers for their 2nd consecutive NBA title, he earned his second MVP award, and a couple of months later he […]