Terri Hemmert

photo by: Mary Rafferty

Terri Hemmert

Host: Breakfast With The Beatles

Terri Hemmert has been at WXRT for over 45 years. Starting as overnight announcer and Public Affairs Director in 1973, Terri became the first female morning drive personality in Chicago in 1981. In 2002 she became host of Breakfast with The Beatles, 8 to 10AM on Sundays.  Prior to joining WXRT, Hemmert was an air personality at WCMF in Rochester, NY and also served as program coordinator for WGLD (currently WVAZ) in Chicago.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Peace Museum, Facets Multimedia and other not-for-profit groups. She teaches the History of Rock and Soul in the broadcasting department of Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught for over 40 years, and was an advisor at the student radio station, WCRX. She has volunteered with the Inner City Teaching Corps, Latin School of Chicago, and other schools, teaching classes on the Roots of Rap, Women in Music, Classical Music’s influence on Rock and Soul and other musical topics. Terri works on music education programs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and hosts The Classic Encounter Series. She serves on the advisory board of WRSE-FM (the Elmhurst College student radio station.) She was also a volunteer with the AIDS Pastoral Care Network for 10 years and is an active current member at St. Clement Catholic Church.   She was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2010. Hemmert has hosted Chicago’s Fest for Beatles Fans for over 40 years. In her spare time, she loves browsing the web, reading, listening to music, being aunt to countless kids, and visiting her family in Ohio.  

Terri Hemmert resides in Chicago and is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech.  In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst, so it’s OK, but not mandatory to address her as Dr. Hemmert.   

Terri Hemmert's What's ​Going On page is a timely guide to events, concerts, exhibits, plays, volunteer opportunities and helpful information for Chicago and surrounding suburbs.  If you represent a non-profit organization and would like to publicize an event or opportunity , send the info to terri@wxrt.com.

Recent posts

When Terri Met Koko
Terri Hemmert's Magical Mystery Encounter With Ringo Starr
Terri Hemmert Remembers Dr. John
Summertime. Friday. Two Of The Best Things Ever!
Steve Winwood & The Black Keys: Born In The Blues
When the Fab Four became four Fab Ones
The Mothers of Earth Heart Foundation Are Giving Peace A Chance In The Hood
Aretha Franklin's Genius First Emerged As A Gospel Singer
New David Bowie Box Set Focuses On 80's Material
Mavis Staples...Out of Space