|Home station||Chicago Public Radio|
|Syndicates||Public Radio Exchange|
|Host(s)||Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot|
|Producer(s)||Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha|
|Air dates||since 1993 (originally on WLUP-AM)|
|Podcast||Sound Opinions on FeedBurner|
Sound Opinions is a radio talk show focusing on rock music. It airs Friday night at 8 PM CST and Saturday morning at 11 AM CST on Chicago Public Radio. The show is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and features interviews with musicians and industry figures as well as featuring current music news and occasional live in-studio performances. Kot and DeRogatis review recent record releases and grade them according to a buy it, burn it, trash it scale. Occasional shows are devoted to dissections of classic albums. Sound Opinions is produced by Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha.
Sound Opinions has also been a television show on WTTW channel 11 in Chicago.
Sound Opinions began life as a regular feature on Ed Schwartz's overnight program on WLUP-AM in 1993 featuring Derogatis and Bill Wyman who was the rock critic for the Chicago Reader at that time. It was then given its own time-slot on Sunday afternoons following the Sunday Funnies, a comedy program hosted by Brian McCann. In 1994 it moved to Q101. The show ended in 1995 when DeRogatis joined Rolling Stone. It was reincarnated on WXRT with Kot replacing Wyman in 1998. In 2005 after 354 shows it moved to WBEZ and Chicago Public Radio. It was distributed nationally by American Public Media and was also available as a podcast.
On July 1, 2010, the program switched distributors from APM to the Public Radio Exchange, a web-based distribution outlet for public radio programs, the first ongoing series to leave one of the big three satellite-delivered public radio program distributors for PRX.
The Sound Opinions Message Board, also known as "the SOMB," attracts music aficionados. Its users, or "SOMBies," discuss music, the Chicago scene, pop culture, politics, and occasionally their personal lives. Annual "Best Of" lists are also regularly compiled.
- Feder, Robert (April 25, 2006). "National deal turns up volume on rock talk show". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 57. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Everhart, Karen (June 21, 2010). "Sound Opinions goes to PRX with new syndication moves". Current.org.
- Ruby, Jeff (March 2011). "The Secrets of Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis's Success on 'Sound Opinions'". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
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