Colleagues and friends of WXRT’s Lin Brehmer held a tribute for the Chicago broadcaster on-air Monday.
“Lin Brehmer fought cancer as long as he could,” Terri Hemmert, Brehmer’s colleague at WXRT, wrote in a post on the station’s Facebook page on Sunday. “He passed early this morning, peacefully, with his wife and son by his side. … We’ll hold each other up through this heart-breaking time. Lin would want that. Take nothing for granted.”
Brehmer worked as a morning DJ for WXRT for more than three decades; he typically worked the morning drive slot at the adult album alternative station until 2020 when he moved to the midday slot.
He began his radio career in Albany, New York, where he earned the nickname “The Reverend” because of his knack for reciting poetry over whatever song was playing on-air, the Sun-Times reported.
He became the music director at WXRT in 1984, and worked mostly behind the scenes until getting an on-air job in Minneapolis. He moved back to Chicago one year later when the station in Minneapolis went under.
To listen to WXRT’s on-air tribute, go HERE.