WXRT celebrates 50 years of DJ Terri Hemmert
Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Terri Hemmert's debut at WXRT.
Why it matters: The broadcasting Hall of Famer's deep knowledge of rock music and culture has made her one of the best disc jockeys in Chicago radio history.
What she's saying: "I saw a picture in a teen magazine of Cleveland disc jockey Jim Stagg interviewing Ringo Starr on The Beatles' 1965 tour. I thought if I became a DJ I could meet The Beatles.
- "Being surrounded by music I love and colleagues who are family while calling Chicago home — that's why I stuck around for 50 years."
What's happening: The modern-rock station will honor Hemmert today from 8am-8pm with special programming. Tomorrow, she'll helm the popular "Saturday Morning Flashback" and play music from '73.
Context: Hemmert's professional broadcasting career began at WGLD in Oak Park. She then headed to Rochester, New York, for a year before landing the WXRT gig.
Fun facts: She was Chicago's first female morning drive personality, starting in 1981.
- The National Radio Hall of Fame inducted her in 2010, the same year Rep. Mike Quigley read her accomplishments into the Congressional Record.
Zoom out: The run is even more impressive when you consider that the radio station celebrated its own 50th anniversary just last year.
Off the air: Several businesses are commemorating Hemmert's reign with specials, including an "All You Need is Piece and Love" pizza at Piece Pizza in Wicker Park this month.
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