Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bright And Early

Nobody could ever accuse WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer of being a fair-weather fan when it comes to the Chicago Cubs. Over several years, he has joyously hosted the station's annual Opening Day Broadcast from a Clark Street tavern, even on cold April mornings when there was no hope the season would bring a winning record, let alone a championship. With assistance from morning news anchor Mary Dixon, fellow XRT personality Marty Lennartz, and assorted live bands, he would serve up sports, comedy bits, and rock music like a master chef.

Then the last two years came along, and as if heaven was rewarding him (and countless other long-suffering Cub fans) for his martyr-like endurance, the Cubs became serious contenders. Plus, Brehmer, Dixon, and company have once again been invited to broadcast live from Wrigley Field itself. It happens tomorrow morning, on the same day the Cubs will open the 2016 post-season against the San Francisco Giants.

They won't be squeezing any bands into the broadcast booth, but Lennartz and Cubs announcer Len Kasper (who does the twice-weekly feature Len and Lin feature on XRT) will be on hand as Brehmer spins some of his favorite tunes from the massive XRT progressive rock library and waxes philosophical about his beloved baseball team. The show airs from 6 to 10:00 AM.

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