American Public Media and Chicago Public Radio® to Produce and Distribute "The World’s Only Rock ëNí Roll Talk Show"

Contacts: Brad Robideau
American Public Media

Cindy Hansen
Chicago Public Radio

American Public Media and Chicago Public Radio® to Produce and Distribute "The World’s Only Rock ëNí Roll Talk Show"

(St. Paul, Minn.) June 26, 2006 — American Public Media and Chicago Public RadioÆ today announced the production and planned September nationwide distribution of Sound Opinions(SM), a new program about contemporary music and its place in American culture. The program is produced in Chicago by Chicago Public Radio and co-produced and distributed by American Public Media. Sound Opinions airs now on Chicago Public Radio and on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current.

Billed as "the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show," Sound Opinions was created and is hosted by two of the nation’s most influential music critics, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week, DeRogatis and Kot debate the latest music, talk to artists, air live performances and deliver pop culture insights.

An earlier version of the program aired in Chicago for more than seven years at Infinity’s adult rock station, commercial WXRT-FM.

"We’re thrilled that a long-successful commercial radio show has made the big leap to public radio," said Torey Malatia, Chicago Public Radio’s president and general manager. "Chicago is a creative capital known for its eclectic and innovative musicians and artists who work in a broad range of genres. Sound Opinions is steeped in this tradition and offers it all up in a sensibility that is unmistakably ‘Chicago.’ This is what makes the show so irresistible and so engaging for audiences."

"The program’s audience is very broad and includes any and all who look to music as a major ingredient of our evolving culture," said Jim Russell, American Public Media’s senior vice president and general manager of new program development.

"In a word, Sound Opinions rocks," said Sarah Lutman, American Public Media’s senior vice president of content and media. "Chicago Public Radio launched a show with so much spunk and intelligence. We couldn’t be happier for this opportunity to co-produce and distribute Sound Opinions."

For Chicago Public Radio, the managing producer of Sound Opinions is Todd Bachman, producer is Matt Spiegel and the executive producer is Torey Malatia. For American Public Media, the executive in charge is Jim Russell. Creative consultant is Steve Nelson, program director for The Current.

About the hosts

Jim DeRogatis has been the pop music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times since 1997. He has also worked as an editor at several music magazines, including Rolling Stone, and is the author of five books about rock ‘n’ roll, including Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic and Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips. People living in the Twin Cities will also remember DeRogatis as a former critic for the alternative weeklies Twin Cities Reader and City Pages.

Greg Kot is the pop music critic at the Chicago Tribune and the author of the acclaimed biography, Wilco: Learning How to Die. He has also contributed music criticism to numerous books and magazines, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, Rolling Stone and a dozen other national publications.

American Public Media is the nation’s second-biggest producer of public radio programs, reaching 14.2 million listeners nationwide each week. National programs include A Prairie Home Companion,® Weekend America,® Saint Paul Sunday,® Marketplace,® Marketplace Money,® The Splendid Table,® Being® and special reports produced by its national documentary unit, American RadioWorks.® American Public Media is the national production and distribution division of Minnesota Public Radio.® Minnesota Public Radio, along with its sister company Southern California Public Radio, belongs to a larger family of companies within American Public Media Group, a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to develop resources, services and systems to support public media for public service. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at

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