Published on Friday, 07 September 2012 12:10
WXRT-FM/93XRT, as Chicagoans currently know of it as a rock station, began broadcasting in 1972. The station has been celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a series of special radio events over the last few months, including having four well-received "XRT 4D Flashback Weekends." Starting next week, WXRT-FM will wrap up their celebratory years with a ten week long retrospective they are calling "40 Years in 40 Days."
Starting this coming Monday, September 10th, almost each weekday will take a look at a specific year of WXRT-FM's 40 year reign. Throughout each of those days, between 9:00am-6:00pm, the station will focus on one particular year, playing large amounts of music from that year, including plenty of rarities from the XRT Archives. There will also be interviews from XRT artists from that year, commentary on the year from XRT personalities, and more audio goodies.
The exception to the rule will be Thursdays, which will continue to be "New Music Thursday," playing new and upcoming releases from XRT artists. The "40 Years in 40 Days" celebration will take place four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The ten week long promotion will come to an end on Friday, November 16th.
The 40 years will not be saluted in consecutive order, either, but rather shuffled around daily to allow for fans of all the decades to enjoy each week. Monday, September 10th will kick off the promotion by saluting the year 1986. Tuesday, September 11th will look at the year 2007. Wednesday, September 12th will focus on the year 1977.
The WXRT call letters actually began in Chicago back in 1964. WXRT had a various formats and appeared on a few frequencies over the years, including 101.9 (now WTMX-FM). However, it was not until 1972 that the WXRT-FM as it is known today was formed. It launched as a nighttime-only free-form, progressive rock station, that came on after the ethnic daytime programming signed off on 93.1 FM. In 1976, WXRT took over the frequency full-time and began to take shape as the station fans are most familiar with. The station played the late 60's to mid-70's progressive rock artists, as well as introduced Chicago to the then-alternative rock acts, including punk & new wave artists coming from New York & England, most of which later became mainstream and are still staples of the station, now almost four decades later.