WXRT’s Sunday night program Local Anesthetic has long been a gateway for Chicago area musicians to get some exposure on the FM rock station. Host Richard Milne often interviews local recording artists, in addition to playing their music. Every December, Milne invites the city’s music community to take part in his Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular.
The challenge for local music acts is to create an entertaining holiday greeting that mentions themselves as well as WXRT and Local Anesthetic in less than a minute. Milne mentioned on the 22nd Annual Holiday Spectacular this past Sunday night that some entries blew through the time limit and therefore had to be edited. Local Anesthetic expands to an hour for this seasonal edition, and amazingly, the numerous promotional snippets all kind of work together as a whole.
Thanks to social networking, favorite bands seem closer to us these days, which makes their holiday greetings seem all the more personal. So listeners enjoyed cheer from Mr. Blotto, The Luck Of Eden Hall, Urban Twang (who served up Led Zeppelin and “The Little Drummer Boy” in their piece), The Red Plastic Buddha, The Webstirs, The Safes, Magatha Trysty, Corky Siegel, Ellis Clark, Static In Verona, The Del Monacos, Sgt. Popgrass, and countless others. WXRT will air The Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular again on Sunday, December 22nd.
More Fun: The Beatle Brothers, a covers band founded by Phil Angotti and Jay Goeppner, will be performing a special Christmas show this Friday night at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.