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Funny AF Fridays at The Comedy Vault in Batavia

Every Friday is a Funny AF Friday! Enter below to win a 4-pack of tickets to The Comedy Vault in ...

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Watch the Between the Lines Podcast

Every Wednesday, the BTL crew drops a new episode of the Between the Lines Podcast. Hosted by Jake Salzbrunn and ...

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Try Our Exclusive Coffee Roasts

Need a pick-me-up? We have our own coffee roasts! We worked with the North Central College Coffee Lab to create ...

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Calling All Local Bands and Musicians

Countless musicians and bands from the Chicagoland area have made an impact in the world of music, but none of ...

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In the winter of 1983, Evil I, a local hardcore punk band consisting of Craig G. (guitar), Craig S. (drums), Dave (bass), and Carol (vocals) entered a basement studio in Elgin, IL to record a …

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DIY is a scene and style in music that’s all about doing it yourself, including writing, recording, mixing, and promoting. It’s been around since the inception of music and has become more prominent in in …

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Connor (bass/guitar/vocals), Kelly (guitar/vocals), Dave (bass/guitar/vocals), Dom (drums), and Mike (vocals) are Det Metra, a 5-piece indie/garage rock/self-described “hippie punk” band based in Chicago. After playing in a variety of bands in the Chicagoland area …

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The Last Generation is a 4-piece band that puts a modern spin on classic rock; they take inspiration from classic and hard rock from the 70s and early 80s with a bit of 90s grunge …

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 by Jordan MarkWe're throwing ourselves back into another edition of A Little Birdie Told Me, a series where we highlight artists we play on FM89. For this round, we’re going to look at Dylan Gardner.Not …

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LangstonCo is the brainchild of Jay Langston, founder and former lead guitarist of nationally-touring bands Echovalve and We the Fierce, as well as a “hired gun” for 90s powerhouse Local H. Based out of Chicago, …

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by Jordan Mark It’s time for another round of A Little Birdie Told Me. In this edition, we’ll take a closer look at the band Emery. After relocating to Seattle, Emery signed to the nearby Tooth & …

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WONC Sports


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By: Zoie Morack The Hall of Famer, legend, The Golden Rocket, Bobby Hull passed away on Monday, Jan 30th, at age 84. Known for his blonde locks and his lightning-fast slap shot, Hull was a glimmer …

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by Evan Bruner Once again, The Dallas Cowboys found themselves on the losing end of a playoff game, falling to the red-hot 49ers, 19-12. The closely contested game was a stalemate for the first three …

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By: Sam Fretto After a long grueling season, the NFL has Championship Sunday set. The San Francisco 49ers will be traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting …

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By Andy Jachim Here we go. I have been given the task of filling Ryan Poles’ shoes for the 2023 off-season to rebuild this Chicago Bears franchise from the ground up. Now, I will fully admit …

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by Evan BrunerThere are many reasons people are drawn to sports. The action, the complexity, the teamwork. Few activities can match the excitement of a sporting event. Sports don’t just make for great games, they …

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By Hayden Krzyzanowski One of the most well-known soccer players in existence, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. He left Manchester United with a sour taste after an “unscripted interview” with …

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by Evan BrunerThe Arizona Cardinals officially moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday after a disappointing 4-13 season. To many, Kingsbury’s firing seemed inevitable. He was a controversial hire from the start. His …

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Specialty Shows


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By Zane Trumann While we usually reserve these features for new artists here at The Crossroads, both Sam and I made the executive decision to change that with Brothers Osborne’s newest single, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ …

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By Zane Trumann After a couple of weeks of theme nights, Sam and I were looking to take The Crossroads back to its roots and get back into featuring up-and-coming artists. We were lucky enough with …

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by Austin Paulson The spirit of Local Chaos is linked directly with the music written and performed within our incredible community. As fans first, we find that there’s nothing more important than promoting and uplifting the …

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By Sam Corbett Three shows down, three artist features for The Crossroads. This week, we travel to the heartland - Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee. Donny Van Slee, originally from rural Florida, can be seen all over town …

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By Zane Trumann With the first edition of The Crossroads under our belts, both Sam and I were turning the country music scene upside down trying to find a new artist to feature for our next …

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“I want to be stereotyped; I want to be classified.” These are lyrics that can apply to any generation of music listener. They were written by California punks Descendents and were released on the 1982 …

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by Sam CorbettThe Crossroads is one of the newest shows on FM89, meaning a whole new batch of genres, artists, and songs. Outlaw country rock, southern rock, shadow country, and delta blues are just some …

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Reviews


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SPOILERS AHEAD! As a Megan myself, people have been wondering what I think of the new sci-fi horror film M3GAN. It’s funny – I’ve been seeing her name so much lately that writing my own name …

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Netflix’s new heist drama series, Kaleidoscope, dropped on the streaming platform on January 1st. Created by Eric Garcia and stacked with a cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Rufus Sewell, and Tati Gabrielle, fans were eager to …

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by Meg KordikNetflix’s hit show Wednesday came out of the gate swinging when it was released last November. In its first week on the platform, Wednesday accumulated 341.23 million hours of streaming, surpassing the previous …

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While I love to review movies, there’s one genre that seems to miss more than hit, so instead of reviewing just one movie, I thought I’d look at the entire genre of movie musicals. There …

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Spirited, the 2022 Apple TV+ film starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, was released this November, and it isn't being talked about nearly enough as it should be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzeTlbxhHW4CAUTION: Spoilers ahead! This film, which doubles as a …

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SPOILERS AHEAD! After finishing Netflix's new teen high school comedy, Do Revenge, I’m left with one question: how many plot twists can a movie possibly have? Because, WOW, this movie had the most plot twists I've ever seen …

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So...let's talk about Don't Worry Darling. (SPOILERS AHEAD!) I went into seeing this film for the same reason everyone else went to see it: for Harry Styles. As one of his first big feature films, the movie trailer caught …

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Alumni Spotlight


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Years at WONC: 2002-2006 Originally from California, Matthew came across the country to attend NCC to be a part of WONC. In his time at the station, he spent a lot of time on the air, …

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Years at WONC: 2007-2009 Mallory spent her two years at WONC well, creating Feel Good Fridays with her future husband, Marc, and serving as the Public Affairs Director. Despite enjoying her time on the air, Mallory …

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Years at WONC: 2006-2010 Michelle spent a great deal of her time at WONC involved in sports broadcasting, both as a color analyst and halftime show host for NCC football and basketball games. When she wasn’t …

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Years at WONC: 2013-2015 Despite only spending two years at WONC, Chris’ time at the station was well-used, hosting multiple on-air shows and gaining experience in news reporting. After graduation, he took his talents to NCTV …

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Years at WONC: 2016-2018 Peter transferred to NCC his junior year, and WONC was the first campus organization he joined. During his time at the station, Peter worked on the air as a DJ and newscaster; …

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Years at WONC: 1996-2000 As one of the creators of Local Chaos in 1997, JC left a lasting impact on WONC, as the show went on to become the longest-running show in the station’s history, currently …

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Years at WONC: 2016-2017 When Lizzie came to WONC, she made an immediate impact. Hosting Local Chaos and Night Owls, she spent a lot of time on the air, refining her talents. She also served as …

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