Quigley Honors 93XRT, Lin Brehmer On House Floor

WASHINGTON (CBS) — U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) read a speech on the House floor Tuesday, honoring 93XRT for its upcoming 40th anniversary, and Lin Brehmer for 20 years on the air at the station.

“With so much to do, see and eat, some of our city’s finest features do not make it onto our tourists’ to-do lists,” Quigley said. “But if you want to share with the visitors some of the true heart and soul of Chicago, drive down Lake Shore Drive with the lake on one side and our beautiful skyline on the other, and 93-WXRT on the radio.”


WXRT first went on the air in 1972, originally as a night-time only station. By 1976, the station had gone 24 hours, bringing variety to a local radio scene that had been limited to “the same 10 songs on AM radio,” Quigley said.

“Like many others, XRT linked me to a new world. XRT encouraged me to leave my sterile environment and travel to the Earl of Old Town and listen to Steve Goodman, and my first concert at the Aragon Ballroom to see Mott the Hoople and the New York Dolls, not to mention other famous haunts that played host to greats like Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Muddy Waters Frank Zappa, Roxy Music and the like,” Quigley said. “Thank you, XRT, for 40 great years. You’ve made me a better person.”

Quigley also honored Brehmer for his dedication both to music and to the city.

Quoting Brehmer’s own catch-phrase, Quigley said, “When your kids turn their dial to 93, they will find Lin Brehmer, your best friend in the whole world.

“For 20 years, Lin has been there with us to celebrate all things Chicago, from commiserating another Chicago Cubs loss to suggesting the restaurant for a post-concert dinner. He shares with us the best of the city, and makes sure we better understand the world, with “Lin’s Bin.” He helps us discover new sounds, rediscover old favorites, and provides an unparalleled soundtrack to our days.”

And, Quigley added, “Lin’s musical sensibilities are nicely summed up from his motto, borrowed from the writing of Gerard Manley Hopkins – ‘Flesh fade and mortal trash fall into the residuary worm – you and I might as well rock and roll.’”

Brehmer is also an accomplished foodie who so enjoys that passion that he goes out with extra-size “eating pants,” Quigley said.

“Lin Brehmer is a man who helps us discover the best about Chicago, and in doing so, has become a Chicago treasure himself,” Quigley said.

Brehmer also talked about his 20 years as morning host on 93XRT this past Friday with Harry Porterfield and Roseanne Tellez on the CBS 2 News at 11AM. Watch that here:

  • Jim Hamilton

    I want to share some of chicagos true heart and soul

    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!
    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, soon we should put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

    • Jim Hamilton

      BTW wasn’t there a shooting last night on around Kedzie and Cermak? I guess you guys have so many to choose from you don’t know which ones to report on I understand. Go to hell where you belong Chicago! No one wants you, we don’t even want you to be a part of the Nation!

      • John S

        I third it, if they want don’t want to recognize the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land then they should get the hell out.

      • Jake in Arizona

        I second that, Chicago is a big stain on the United States of America and should hang its head in shame, all the way from the top cooks in politics to the crook on the street Chicago has the worst this Nation has ever seen. I don’t think they should be a part of the Union Until they start showing support for the Constitution that unites us all.

  • Afro

    What the hell do you guys know about Chicago? Oh I guess you’re right! Hey look Quigley came up from down under Quinns nutz. Quinn, Quigely 2 Dems that make me want to QQ.

  • juju

    Downstate people sure are funny. Maybe they should with Indiana and start a new state called illi- fu ck ups.

  • Newt Gringrich

    What the hell is the Nation? White Aryan? I wish you skinhead, meth smokin, hillbillies didn’t have access to computers in prison.

  • Jake in Arizona

    @juju and Newt ROFL @ you both, you spend your whole comment talking about other peoples comments. Do you read for the news or just go around reading the comment sections so you can try to belittle what other people think? It’s Obvious to me that you guys would be from Chicago and can’t get past your own arrogant self long enough to see the shame and humiliation that Chicago puts on America. I am proud of our house (America) but I am ashamed of the mess Chicago (Our Bathroom) has become.

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