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]

XRT newsletters from 1988

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1988 [Playlist]

You weren’t checking out websites back in 1988. For the inside scoop on what was going on at XRT and beyond, you checked your mailbox for Inside WXRT, our monthly newsletter. You could read about [...]


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

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1983 [Playlist]

You have to be of a certain age to recall listening to “Rock Over London” and its effervescent host, Graham Dene. I was working the 10 pm – 2 am shift at XRT, and it [...]


Still an intriguing work of art and notable Chicago landmark. (photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1967 [Playlist]

After Saturday’s show, I was inspired to take a stroll and visit an old friend: our giant Picasso. I was just a kid when it was unveiled, but I remember that the reception was not [...]


Bassist Paul Simenon of The Clash performs at The Rainbow Theatre, London during the group's 'White Riot' tour, 14th May 1977.  (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that Elvis died at Graceland, rock & roll began to evolve – growing louder, angrier, more invigorating, while disco gained momentum with the December release of Saturday Night Fever, and Fleetwood Mac’s [...]


(from the XRT Archives)

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 [...]


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 Credit: Danny Clinch)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” has been mentioned more than a few times during coverage of the Sochi Games, and for good reason. That semi-final match pitting U.S. collegiate underdogs against the mighty Soviet Union [...]



Saturday Morning Flashback: 5/11/13 [Playlist]

Next week: 1983 This Week’s Playlist: 1992 Song – Artist Steam – Peter Gabriel Love – The Sundays Friday I’m in Love – The Cure Beneath the Damage and the Dust – Peter Himmelman Saturday [...]


75 lp

Saturday Morning Flashback: 5/4/13 [Playlist]

1975. The Vietnam war finally ended, Mayor Richard J. Daley was reelected to an unprecedented 5th term, Bruce Springsteen was simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek, and by the end of the year, [...]



Saturday Morning Flashback: 4/20/13 [Playlist]

1971: The new decade was just starting to rise from the shadows of the tumultuous ’60s. But let’s not get overly dramatic. The essence of 1971 was a lot of great music that holds up [...]




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