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Marty Lennartz

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WXRT’s Marty Lennartz says his most irrational act turned out to be his best move. He quit his job in the car rental business to produce Terri Hemmert’s morning show for 25 bucks per week. That gig turned into a full-time air shift in 1986 when Marty became the overnight host and kept XRT’s midnight lamp burning for the next 20 years. [Read Marty’s Full Bio]

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The War On Drugs Moves To The Aragon and Plays Kimmel

I get to break out the old show biz cliche, “Due To Popular Demand!” because that’s exactly why The War On Drugs has to move their October 19 XRT Show to a bigger joint!


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Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner Bring Planetarium to Colbert

Planetarium is performing only four shows live this summer, including tonight in Brooklyn, but last night they brought everyone and everything to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Show. This is pretty special.


4th Of July In Pilsen with Ryley Walker

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The National Release Next Song From New Album

The new album from The National, “Sleep Well Beast” isn’t due until September 8, but today the band dropped another new song and video.


Miggy Montero Launched For Post Game Comments

Here’s a lesson for you youngsters: Don’t throw your teammates under the bus to the press for your failures.


Jeff Tweedy Breaks Our Heart On Late Night

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