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WXRT pens “Christmas China Girl”

Posted on December 20, 2013

Because David Bowie wouldn’t do it Chicago’s WXRT-FM/93.1 can’t get enough of the China Girl. The song was released by David Bowie on his 1983 smash hit album “Let’s Dance” and reached No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart and No. 10 on Billboard. Since then it’s become the most widely played song on “Chicago’s Finest Rock,” sometimes airing three times per hour. During the last few years, however, ‘XRT has encountered a problem – during its seasonal “Holiday Nights” in which the station plays all Yule tunes every night of the 12 days leading up to Christmas –  hours worth of music were devoid of “China Girl.” The station tried to convince Bowie to pen a holiday version of the song, but his…

Five Halloween Costumes You Won’t See This Year

Posted on October 22, 2013

A lot of Halloween parties this year will be attended by guests in Breaking Bad, Duck Dynasty, and zombie costumes. But you can be different this year. No one may know who the hell you are, but you’ll stand out from the crowd of pirates, superheroes, and vampires. Here are five dodgy costume ideas that you probably won’t see. Ronnie Woo Woo Unofficial Chicago Cubs’ mascot who’s loathed and loved equally among Chicagoans. His reach extends beyond Chicago, as he has brought his distinctive cheers (that he punctuates with “Woo!” and annoy many) to places such as the Howard Stern Show. Always in his signature Cubs uniform, Woo Woo was at the funeral of Dennis Farina and partied at Lollapalooza. If you’re not an…

April Fool’s – The Joke is on WXRT

Posted on April 18, 2013

What was that line by Death in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life? Something like, “You Englishmen…you’ve got no balls.” That’s how I feel, not so much about Englishmen at the moment, but about WXRT 93.1-FM, “Chicago’s Finest Classic Rock.” For those not from the Chicago area, this station, every April Fools’ Day, pulls a mostly unfunny prank on its aging listener base. This year the station announced it would be playing its entire music catalogue from A to Z, a format that would take it through sometime around Memorial Day. Well they started to do it, but pulled the musical rug on its listeners about half-way through the day. I think they realized if they actually did go A to Z it meant…