Frank E. Lee


Watch XRT DJ’s Share Their Favorite Frank E. Lee Stories

There’s not much else that needs to be said other than, we’ll miss you Frank E. Lee! From new to the old, watch as several XRT DJ’s reminisce about their time with Frank.



Lin Brehmer Pays Tribute To Frank E. Lee

If you missed this morning’s farewell to Frank E. Lee on Lin’s Bin, you will have 2 more chances to hear it on the air. 3pm during Frank E. Lee’s final show and also in its regular evening slot at 6:15am. And if you wondered what the tribute looked like before the original script became Lin’s Bin, here it is.



Before He Says Farewell, Frank E. Lee Gives A Tour Of XRT [Watch]

Several years ago, Frank E. Lee gave visitors a tour of our old facilities at 4949 W. Belmont. One desires before he retires Friday was to give our fans a look at our new digs at Prudential 2. Things may have changed a bit aesthetically, but you’ll still recognize many of the same old faces, pictures, and most importantly, Frank E. Lee’s candor and humor. Enjoy!


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Congratulations Frank E. Lee! We’ll Miss You!

After spending 35 years at XRT, Frank E. Lee announced his from radio retirement yesterday.



Bowie & Me, Watch Frank E. Lee Talk Bowie & Science Fiction

Frank E. Lee recounts how he was able to connect with Bowie through science fiction & the magnificence of his live shows.


(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hot Time In The Old Town

Today is the anniversary of the start of the Great Chicago Fire, and several other less infamous fires as well. A deadly combination of a dry season, lots of wooden construction (including sidewalks) and an ill-timed wind caused even greater destruction on the same day in Pestigo, Wisconsin where a tornado of fire killed as many as 2500 people. (The exact number is unknown.) Cities in Michigan also burned. A hypothesis that fragments from a comet or meteor may have set all the fires has never been proven.


One of the most famous collages in history with 60 full-size cardboard cutouts, original uniforms and a shout out to the Rolling Stones. One of the most expensive layouts ever commissioned.

10 Great Album Covers

Cassettes and CDs greatly reduced their impact and digital audio files made them disappear, but at one time album covers represented the zenith of graphic art. There are still excellent examples today but they are essentially a boutique, artisanal, niche form with limited scope. (Nice work if you can get it!) The golden age of album covers was from the late sixties to the late seventies (just a coincidence that it matches the era of psychedelic drugs) and here’s a few of the best.



Hear The Head And The Heart Live From Studio X

In town for a sold out XRT Show at Metro, Sub Pop sensations The Head And The Heart treated XRT listeners to some music and conversation in-studio with Frank E. Lee. If you’re not familiar, […]



Frank E. Lee’s XRT Halloween Playlist

Music like Bach organ fugues and folky numbers like “Long Black Veil” and “Tam Lin” provide good atmospheric spookiness, but if you crave visceral, “Saw” or “Hostel” type horror on your stereo, consider the following: […]



Frank E. Lee Bio

Frank E. Lee was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. His education in the Chicago Southwest Christian School system left him ill-prepared for a career as a rock superstar, so he turned […]