Lin Brehmer has been the host of the morning shift on 93 WXRT in Chicago since 1991. He’s best known for his feature “Lin’s Bin,” a series of radio essays which can be heard Mondays at 7:15am and 6:15pm.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
This is my cue to talk about our country’s indifference to climate change, the disappearance of wild fishing stock, the nuclear war tiddlywinks rhetoric. All of that keeps me up during the day, but what keeps me up at night? The most trivial mundane concerns a man can have. Should we dig out the crawl space in the spring because the family room gets really chilly in the winter? When will I finally have time to alphabetize all my CD’s. Did I lock the car door? And of course, will I sleep through my two early morning alarm clocks.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Singer-songwriter Joe Pug at City Winery. “I don’t know but I could swear/ We left our better selves somewhere/ These days all we do it seems/ Is chase our checks and call them dreams”
Jon Langford reciting passages from Dylan Thomas’ ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ at a holiday party.
The dessert canvas at the latest incarnation of Next (the restaurant).
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
My weekly “raid on the inarticulate” as I fashion a multi-media essay from the questions of my listeners and spin it into Lin’s Bin. 16 years. 1,440 pages of 12 point Times New Roman copy covering a range of concerns that have included, “What did Pavlov do with the dog saliva after his experiments?” “Why are women crazy?” “And Where does the time go?” I think it goes to writer’s block. If I were smart, I’d publish a book, but I am neither stable nor a genius.
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
If you’re talking baseball, I’ll take Sandy Koufax in his prime for the Cubs. If you’re talking about my job, I don’t want anyone alive or dead darkening my studio door. I have my team. Mary Dixon and producer Chris Cwiak. For the love of god, just leave us alone and let us do our jobs.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
That Brief Transit