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]

1988: end of the Reagan Era
(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 […]


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 […]


It was the last summer for  the legendary Comiskey Park.
((Photo: Jonathan Daniel/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 […]


Wedding day in St. Tropez. (photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1971 [Playlist]

In the year Mick & Bianca were married, the first Mayor Daley won a fifth term, two Apollo missions roamed the Moon, and Disney World opened in Florida. As always, the music took center stage […]


Feb. 24, 1980: The U.S. Olympic hockey team wins the gold medal at Lake Placid.
photo: Staff/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 […]


Jimmy Carter was sworn in on January 20, 1977. He pardoned Vietnam war draft evaders the next day.
(photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

A number of people and events made 1977 stand out among all the other years in that crazy decade. Elvis Presley died, Jimmy Carter moved into the White House, George Lucas released Star Wars, Fleetwood […]


The most SUPER bowl of all!
photo: Mike Powell / Getty Images

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1986 [Playlist]

January 26, 1986. Lin Brehmer proclaimed Super Bowl XX “the most fun you ever had watching football!” It was also a fun year for music. Concert highlights: the Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” benefit at […]


A framed (and cracked) memento of an amazing live broadcast of Bruce & the E Street Band from the Agora in Cleveland. 
Photo: W. Rice

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1978 [Playlist]

It was a very good year for Springsteen fans. Darkness on the Edge of Town topped the XRT Listener Poll, and if there had been a Best Concert category back then, his September show at […]