frank385 About Frank E. Lee

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 to the radio. He learned how to run a control board and write commercials under the guidance of the late great Al Parker at Columbia college. After serving as a DJ and intern at several Chicago stations of varying power and prestige, he was hired to do afternoons in El Paso Texas despite having presented the program director with a blank audition tape. He eventually returned to Chicago older but no wiser and was hired at WXRT where he has remained to the present day, playing the most powerful sounds the human race has ever made and occasionally talking with the people who make those sounds. His personal life is of no interest to anyone except his wife Martha and his daughters Kara and Jane. He lives in the western suburbs and can often be seen running down the street with a strange facial expression that he hopes signifies steely determination.

Some of Frank E. Lee’s favorite scary movies…in no particular order.

Terror in the Year 5000: If you thought in 3000 years it was gonna be mile high spires, anti-gravity belts and worldwide telepathic peace, think again. It’s a mutant nightmare and, what’s worse, they want our good, fresh, untainted 1950’s DNA! 1st message from the future: Save Us!

Attack of the Crab Monsters: Crabs are scary enough when they’re not on your plate…How bout when they’re the size of an elephant and you are on their menu. By the way, when they eat your brain, they absorb your personality. Shaws and Bob Chinns will never seem the same again!

Kronos: A giant cubist robot with animated legs lands in Mexico to get energy! It has the help of an alien 5th columnist. Better than a lot of the big bug flicks.

The Undead: Roger Corman made movies faster and cheaper than anyone, but they were still pretty good. This one starts with a lecture from Satan and it’s all downhill from there.

Cape Canaveral Monsters: A bickering alien couple team up to destroy America’s space program. Their matter transmitter apparently uses dry ice! A must for fans of NASA stock footage.

Carnival of Souls: I think this was inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Church organist Mary survives a terrible car crash…or does she? Filmed spookily in Lawrence, Kansas and Salt Lake City by a director of industrial films.

The Black Scorpion: This may be the greatest stop action giant bug movie ever…lot’s of the title beasties, plus a huge worm with legs that screams and a spider the size of Lassie! Try to ignore the annoying little kid. The always reliable Richard Denning is our hero. Leave the lights on…

How about some chilling tunes for your Halloween listening?

Kick in the Eye by Bauhaus
Peter Murphy could scare you just by singing the phone book.

Eye of the Zombie by John Fogerty
Undead classic from the master swamp rocker.

Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio
The best serious werewolf song ever.

Down by the Water by P. J. Harvey
A liquid nightmare by Polly Jean.

Evil by Howling Wolf
Blues icon addresses the dark side of life.

Just keep repeating…it’s only a song…it’s only a song…

Comments (11)
  1. Debbie says:

    Frank, it’s not “Shorty Trombone” It’s Trombone Shorty, real name Troy Andrews.

  2. Julie Lucchesi Riebel says:

    Hi Frank – it’s me, Julie, Martha’s friend from Williams & Montgomery. Your daughters are BEAUTIFUL and so big. Tell Martha Hi and Happy Birthday. Hope to see you all one day soon. Take care and Rock on.

  3. Andrew Corcoran says:

    I’ll be formal; Dear Mr Lee,
    I’m a long long time XRT listener- More WBEZ than XRT lately- since my RIF’d status ( Reduction in work-force) status began last June. But the best days had come and GONE after 20 years with that state agency in Deerfield. I was real sick of the commute anyway.FYI- based on your playlist, your’e my Fav 93
    D.J! I know Mary Dixon loves you! 2nd fave-still J Mars!!

    1. Mary Dixon says:

      Really, what’s not to love about Frank E. Lee? He’s the best.

  4. loretta baldwin says:

    Your the best ! My boyfriend introduced me to WXRT 4yrs. ago and i love it. He is the big David Byrne fan. we meet you after the bike lecture last fall. He had a Diolog Box he had crafted out of wood, that David had signed and added some art work. Just woundering if you still have the picture? We are VIPS and love the free concerts and events we have won. Looking forward to meeting up with you again.

  5. Steve says:

    Hello, Frank,
    I used to listen to WXRT quite a bit in the eighties. (I live in WA now). There was a song that was played (maybe by the other DJ’s) but I think all it was was a guy saying “go*dam*it go*dam*it go*dam*it go*dam*it”, I think that was all there was too it. What was that song?

  6. patty jedike says:

    Hi Frank, Im a huge XRT fan!!!! love your show. Heard your Elmhurst resident. I also live in downtown Elmhurst and work at Cottage Hill Diamonds.Also an artist. If you visit Flight 112 Wine Bar, I have my artwork on display thru July. Enjoy your summer… if it ever gets here! Patty Jedike

  7. Missy says:

    Please correct your commercial for Chase Bank. Southwest School in EP is NOT a senior center…it is still a school with NEW Math books and well over 400 students. The senior center was shot down and if it was to go up, it would be on McAuley’s property.

    1. missme4u says:

      Southwest Christian school….had I read Frank’s bio.

      Lang Lee Closes TODAY……OH NO!!!! Decades of fabulous Chinese food gone.

      : (

  8. York Chemistry Teacher says:

    Great job speaking to students at York High School today for Fine Arts Week. Your insight and stories were a big hit with both the students and the staff (even us science teacher types!) Thanks for taking the time – it was great to see one of my radio heroes in the flesh!

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