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 small portion of the 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound. 
(photo: Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images)

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"?
photo: W. Rice

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 […]


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This Week On Saturday Morning Flashback: 1968 [Playlist]

Few years during the past few generations can compare for the quantity of timeless music, groundbreaking social movement, and widespread cultural evolution. Join Wendy Rice 8am-Noon on Saturday Morning Flashback as she revisits the pivotal […]


Authentic artifact: 1987 Listener Poll results from the Flashback files

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1987 [Playlist]

The Joshua Tree topped the annual XRT Listener Poll, and was also the first compact disc to be certified platinum. The Sony Discman was the high-tech portable music option of the day, when most of […]


Iconic. (photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1967 [Playlist]

The music of 1967 always makes for a groovy show, with influential artists, pop classics, and assorted one-hit-wonders. It was also a breakthrough year for album cover art. There was Andy Warhol’s banana on the […]


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 […]