Lin Brehmer

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Lin Brehmer
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Lin Brehmer at the June 2012 WXRT Golf Outing at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
Born (1954-08-19) August 19, 1954 (age 59)
New York City, New York, USA
Station(s) WXRT, Chicago
Time slot 5:30a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Country United States
Website WXRT

Lin Brehmer is a disc jockey and radio personality at WXRT in Chicago, Illinois. Brehmer has been serving as the morning-drive slot disc jockey since 1991.

Early career[edit]

Brehmer began working professionally in radio in January 1977.[1] His first disc jockey job at in Albany, New York at WQBK-FM, where he earned the nickname, "The Reverend of Rock and Roll." After seven years at WQBK, Brehmer left the position and moved to Chicago to work for WXRT as music director beginning in October 1984.[2]


During the six years at WXRT, Brehmer was named "Music Director of the Year" by FMQB three of those years. In 1989, Hard Report's readers voted Brehmer as "Music Director of the Decade."[3] In October 1990, Brehmer left WXRT and moved to Minnesota for as program director of KTCZ. After completing a one-year contract at KTCZ, Brehmer returned to Chicago’s WXRT to serve as the morning D.J., replacing Terri Hemmert.[4] For the past 20 years at WXRT, Brehmer has been hosting a yearly remote broadcast for The Chicago Cubs home opening day.[5] On September 1, 1995, Brehmer was the first non-Cleveland disc jockey to broadcast live from the radio studio of the (then-)new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2009, WXRT sent a mass email to subscribers encouraging political action to lobby congress regarding music royalties using Brehmer’s name. In response to the mass email, Brehmer used Facebook to state that he did not write, nor endorse the email. Brehmer wrote, "It's just something they do. Send out e-mails and sign my name to them without my knowledge. I will always be on the side of the musicians."[6]

His catch-phrase, “it’s great to be alive”, was taken from the 1972 Frank Zappa and The Mothers album, Just Another Band from L.A. Brehmer describes himself as “your best friend in the whole world” and is on-air between 5:30a.m. and 10:00a.m. Monday through Friday.[7]

Lin's Bin[edit]

In 2002, Brehmer began writing and broadcasting essays entitled, Lin's Bin. The essays were developed from responding to listeners' letters and continues as responses to email. Each year, Brehmer writes just under a hundred essays. He stated that he has written approximately 1800 pages of Lin's Bin. The essays are written and pre-recorded with producer Peter Crozier. To date, the essays have not been published as a book.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ,Feder, Robert, "WXRT’s Brehmer looks back on 20 years of good mornings", TimeOut Chicago, January 19, 2012
  2. ^ Larz, "WXRT-FM Salutes Lin Brehmer's 20 Years On The Air", Chicagoland Radio and Media, January 18, 2012
  3. ^ Larz, "WXRT-FM Salutes Lin Brehmer's 20 Years On The Air", Chicagoland Radio and Media, January 18, 2012
  4. ^ Felder, Robert, "Hemmert rocked in 'XRT shakeup", December 19, 1991
  5. ^ Larz, "WXRT-FM To Host Its 20th Annual Opening Day Live Broadcast", Chicagoland Radio and Media, April 3, 2012
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Phil, "WXRT-FM's Lin Brehmer distances himself from 'Lin Brehmer' royalty e-mail", Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2009
  7. ^ WXRT Bio on Lin Brehmer:
  8. ^ Felder, Robert, "Hemmert rocked in 'XRT shakeup", December 19, 1991