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Riot Fest 2024: Welcome to Riotland

by Jesse Hudgins   Well, it’s finally here. Riot Fest, or should I say RiotLand, has been revealed to the world with a new venue and lineup. On June 11, Riot Fest took to their social medias to reveal they’ll no longer operate out of Douglass Park and will move ...

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NCC Students: Join WONC Today

If you’re a student at North Central College, you NEED to join WONC! Whether you’re interesting in a career in radio broadcasting or you just want to have some fun, there’s something for everyone here. Our staff is comprised of students with all kinds of majors, not just Journalism and ...

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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 them started off as famous. Everyone starts somewhere, and we’re here to help. WONC has a long-standing tradition of featuring music from the Chicagoland area, and we want you to ...

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Enter WONC’s Retro Gamer’s Giveaway!

Level up your game room with WONC’s Retro Gamer’s Giveaway, sponsored by BDK Door! Through June 21, enter to win an Arcade1Up Capcom Legacy Arcade Cabinet Yoga Flame Edition! Play 14 retro arcade games: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Super Street Fighter II Turbo Street Fighter II: Champion Edition ...

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Featured Local Artist: Selenoplexia

Our Featured Local Artist for June is Selenoplexia, a four-piece from Chicago that formed in 2021. Last October, Vocal Distortion welcomed Selenoplexia on FM89 to discuss their full-length album Exalt and Despair, an outstanding debut that skillfully explores all spectrums of extreme music through otherworldly atmosphere, heartrending lyricism, and pummeling ...

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by Jesse Hudgins Well, it’s finally here. Riot Fest, or should I say RiotLand, has been revealed to the world with a new venue and lineup.On June 11, Riot Fest took to their social medias to …

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by Josh Stevens Rap rock is a music genre that took rap and rock to create a new, exciting listening experience. Rap uses lyrics and rhythmic flow, combining that with rock music's energy and instrumentals to …

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by Ashly Rico The Beach Boys are most famously known for their catchy, fun songs about surfing, girls in bikinis, and for their revolutionary 11th studio album Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds has been hailed as one …

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Our Featured Local Artist for May is Space Age Zeros, a Chicago area power pop/pop punk hybrid that formed in the spring of 2022. Made up on five scene veterans who all have history together …

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by Jade Reynoso At 21-years-old, Olivia Rodrigo has made an explosive transition from pop balladeer to punk rocker with her sophomore album, GUTS, released last September. The singer-songwriter's new sound has won over established rock artists …

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WONC Sports


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by Drew Hackler It’s no secret to anyone following men’s college basketball that the transfer portal has almost completely washed away any sense of loyalty left in the sport. For the majority of the top teams …

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by Devin BradenMarch Madness isn’t just an annual basketball tournament, but a cultural phenomenon. As far as I can tell, there aren't many other sporting events where people fill out more brackets than they can …

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by Jake LynchQuarterback is one of the most important positions across all sports. There are only a couple of quarterbacks in the NFL that can take over a team and win right away. Patrick Mahomes …

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by Evan Bruner What is there to say about Caitlin Clark that hasn’t already been stated one thousand times over? She’s approaching a point where merely calling her a star is an understatement. She’s a supernova, her …

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by Sam FrettoAfter an 11 year wait, we’re finally getting another college football video game from EA. With the last installment being NCAA Football 14, released July 9th, 2013, fans of sports video games have …

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by Jayden Lawrence The Atlanta Hawks secured a hard-fought victory over the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and I was there to see it. Despite the absence of star player Trae Young, the Hawks have won …

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Specialty Shows


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by Jesse Hudgins After years of anticipation and speculation on whether the movie would even be happening, the sequel to the 2019 movie Joker has gotten its first trailer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy8aJw1vYHoDropping on April 9, the trailer gives us …

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by Jesse HudginsThis year, we’ll be getting a new adaptation of The Crow, the first in 19 years. It’ll star Bill Skarsgard as Eric Draven (The Crow) as he takes revenge on the group that killed …

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by Chloe Kallberg After four months across the pond and on the road, Neck Deep’s second American tour came to a close in Chicago on February 25. Tucked into a tiny and expensive parking spot, my …

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by Jesse Hudgins For nearly 25 years, Sony has owned the rights to Spider-Man and the characters connected to him. In that time, we’ve had 11 films using the Spider-Man characters under the Sony banner, nine …

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by Jesse Hudgins and Evan Lindstedt It’s that time of the year for the movie industry. The Oscars have released their nominations for the best of the year 2023. While a lot of nominations aren’t surprising, …

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by Jesse Hudgins and Chloe Kallberg Alternage is approaching its third birthday, which means we've been closely following release schedules of our favorite punk, pop punk, emo, and alternative genres since we began college. Meshed with …

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Reviews


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by Sean McMahon Community was a sitcom that first aired September 17, 2009, and was created by Dan Harmon, who people may recognize as the co-creator of Rick and Morty. The show starts with lawyer Jeff …

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by Cassie SchneiderWith over 1 million screens in the past month, Amazon Prime Video’s Fallout has been met with great acclaim. The first season (with an already confirmed second season) provided awesome sound effects, great …

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by Emma Wadley Taylor Swift has once again broken records and my heart with her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department. Swift loves to surprise fans, and I wasn’t surprised when she dropped a second …

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by Brooke Schultz Taylor Swift is back with a new era. After having released her albums Midnights and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) last year, Taylor announced her newest album, The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD), earlier this year …

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by N KlepczarekThe haunting North Central Theatre Department musical, Ride the Cyclone, enthralled students this semester and gathered significant reviews. After viewing the whimsical production myself, I interviewed three students about their experience visiting Uranium …

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by Olivia Rosenberg On April 12, Maggie Rogers dropped her latest album, Don’t Forget Me. The 36-minute record is her shortest yet and was written in its entirety in only five days. The album is a …

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Alumni Spotlight


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Years at WONC : 2006-2009 In his time at WONC, Brian hosted one of the longer-running specialty shows, Precious Metal, with a number of people. He also spent time hosting Vintage Rock, and called baseball, softball, …

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Years at WONC: 1977-1981 In his time at WONC, Bob wore many hats. He was an on-air DJ, specialty show host, newscaster, and occasional color commentator for sports broadcasts. He also served as the News Director …

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Years at WONC: 2017-2021 In his time at WONC, Greg was a force in the WONC Sports Department. Starting as a color commentator for football, he soon took on the role of play-by-play for almost all …

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Years at WONC : 2014-2015 During her short stretch at WONC, Megann made the most of her time, hosting various DJ shifts, as well as frequently covering news, sports, and traffic reporting duties. She used her …

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Years at WONC: 2019-2022 Lucas began his time at WONC doing only newscasts and sports, but his involvement in the sports department was quite heavy. He called many baseball and softball games his first year, even …

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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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