Lin Brehmer, influential Chicago DJ, dies at 68

Chicago radio legend Lin Brehmer has died, it has been confirmed.

The beloved broadcaster, who hosted long-running shows on WXRT-FM 93.1, announced on air last summer that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Brehmer subsequently took leave for treatment, before returning to the station for several weeks in November/December 2022.

The DJ passed away this past Sunday (January 22). He was 68 years old. Terri Hemmert, Brehmer’s friend and WXRT colleague, shared the news in a statement to listeners (via Chicago Tribune).

“We must inform them that we all lost our best friend,” he said. “Lin Brehmer fought cancer for as long as she could. He passed away early this morning, peacefully, with his wife. [Sara Farr] and son [Wilson] by his side

“We will support each other in this heartbreaking time. Lin would want that. Don’t take anything for granted.”

Brehmer was born in Queens, New York in 1954. His radio career began in 1977 when he got his first job as a DJ at WQBK-FM in Albany. It was there that he earned the nickname “The Reverend of Rock and Roll.”

He left the station after seven years and moved to Chicago, Illinois to join WXRT-FM 93.1 as music director. Brehmer became a morning host in 1991 and remained in that slot until he switched to noon in 2020.

Yesterday (January 23) WXRT-FM 93.1 aired a special tribute to Brehmer (via nbc chicago).

The Chicago Cubs have also paid their respects to the influential DJ, as has the city’s 55th mayor, Rahm Emanuel. “Lin Brehmer was the voice of Chicago,” the latter wrote on Twitter.

“Her voice was unique and a perfect way to start the day. An ambassador for the city’s music scene and dear friend, I announced the Uptown music district concept on your show. I will miss hearing his voice on XRT. May the memory of him be a blessing.”

See those posts and more tributes below.