Lin Brehmer is taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for prostate cancer. The radio star has been battling the sickness, which has worsened over time. Brehmer’s recovery will take some time, given the tragic circumstances. He said at the announcement:
“On Monday, I shall begin a lengthy round of chemotherapy. It is vital for me to take a break from my radio program.”
Brehmer said that his leave of absence would commence after his performance on July 15. In addition, he stated:
“Give me the same courtesy you’ve always shown me. I’ll miss spending time with you every day, but maybe this will pass and one day soon, I’ll declare proudly on 93XRT, ‘It’s Friday.’ It’s wonderful to be alive.'”
— WXRT Chicago (@93XRT) July 12, 2022
All About Lin Brehmer
Lin Brehmer, born on August 19, 1954, attended Colgate University and started his radio career while filling in at the university’s WRCU-FM radio station during the summer semester. He received his diploma in 1976. Lin began her radio career in January 1977. He began his career as “The Reverend of Rock and Roll” at WQVK-FM. The radio personality spent seven years with the station before moving to Chicago to serve as a music director at WXRT in October 1984.
While at WXRT, he was awarded FMQB’s “Music Director of the Year.” Brehmer moved to Minnesota after six fruitful years. He joined KTCZ-FM as program director, but after a year, he returned to Chicago’s WXRT. On this particular occasion, though, he took over as morning DJ from Terri Hemmert. Brehmer is well-known for anchoring an annual broadcast of The Chicago Cubs home opener on WXRT for the last 20 years. He was the first non-Cleveland DJ to broadcast live from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame radio studio in September 1995.
In 2009, the 67-year-old issued an email to his followers inviting them to take political action by lobbying Congress on music royalties using his identity. On social media, he subsequently stated that he did not compose or support the email. The legendary line “It’s fantastic to be alive,” borrowed from Frank Zappa and The Mothers’ 1972 album, Just Another Band from L.A., was adored by audiences.
The radio jockey advertises himself as “your closest buddy in the whole world” and is on the air from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Brehmer composed and aired articles like Lin’s Bin in 2002 as a response to listeners’ letters and emails. Every year, he writes around a hundred pieces, which he then records with producer Peter Crozier. His current wife is Sara Farr.