WXRT’s Lin Brehmer announces medical leave

 

Stunning announcement as longtime beloved personality reveals he has prostate cancer

Longtime WXRT radio personality Lin Brehmer announced Tuesday he was taking an undisclosed leave of absence from the Album Adult Alternative (Triple A) station as he is fighting prostate cancer and heading to chemotherapy.

WXRT posted a message from the 67 year-old Brehmer on its website and on social media:

Brehmer arrived at WXRT in 1984 from Albany, N.Y. as music director and with an exception of a short stint at a Minneapolis radio station in the early 1990s, Brehmer has been at WXRT since, hosting morning drive from 1991 to 2020, when he shifted to middays. Brehmer is also known for his “Lin’s Bin” segments, which has aired for 20 years on the station as archives of his commentaries would air in his absence. Brehmer is also a huge Cubs fan, as he often sports a Cubs hat in numerous photos.

For his final show on Friday, Brehmer plans to play all of his favorite songs on the air. He hopes to return to the station when it’s possible.

This is the latest shake-up at the Audacy-owned station as longtime personality Richard Mline stepped down from his position as morning personality a few weeks ago to take care of his ailing wife. He was replaced by Marty Lennartz, who previously worked afternoons.

Other notable personalities who departed WXRT since 2019 on a full-time basis were Terri Hammert (who scaled back her schedule) and news anchor Mary Dixon, who was released from the station in a cost-cutting move. Dixon now works at WBEZ.

A replacement for Brehmer at WXRT has yet to be announced.

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