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Featured Local Artist: Cheerleader Roadkill

Our Featured Local Artist this month is Cheerleader Roadkill, a pop-punk band from the western Chicago suburbs, founded in 2022. Classmates Noel Kovac (guitar, vocals) and Jack Metz (bass), inspired by the sound of 90s pop punk bands like blink-182, Simple Plan, and Sum 41, they began writing songs in ...

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The Time Has Come for Sony to Sell Spider-Man

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 live-action and two animated, with the latest being Madame Web with Kraven the ...

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1619: The Journey of a People

by Jayden Lawrence   1619: The Journey of a People was a captivating experience hosted by a Chicago native group. This musical transcended entertainment by holding itself to a higher standard and ended up being an emotional rollercoaster that delved into the dark history of America that we continue to ...

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A Season of Change for Cardinal Baseball

by Sam Corbett   Back on May 12th, Jack Oberli swung right over the top of a fastball from Illinois Wesleyan’s Luke Costello. In an instant, North Central was eliminated from the conference tournament, ending their season. A 7-5 loss to the Titans was the program’s second loss of the ...

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Jesse and Evan’s Oscars Winner Predictions

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, there are several snubs that can’t be ignored. Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig not ...

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Shattered Noodle Scrapbook: A Review

by Lola Furbee   Shattered Noodle Scrapbook recently played on the campus of North Central College in Madden Theatre. It was the NCC Theatre Department’s collaboration with the Neo-Futurists Theatre Group from Chicago. Under the direction of Neil Bhandari and Abby Pajakowski, the play was set in a 30/60 format, ...

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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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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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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 two delicious roasts to pair with our music. You’ll also support WONC with your purchase and help us continue to play the best music on your radio! To keep you ...

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Our Featured Local Artist for February is Sex Dream, a 3-piece from the Chicago suburbs, playing Ramonescore punk with a hint of twee pop. Currently featuring Maria Surfinbird (bass, vocals), Drew (guitar, backing vocals), and …

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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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Our Featured Local Artist for January is Oscar Bait, a four-piece Chicago band that mixes elements of hardcore, pop-punk, and emo into their sound. The band primarily focuses on volleying melancholic melodies toward the listener …

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By: Andy Jachim Despite playing a few of his tracks over The Crossroads' history, Cody Johnson has never been a featured artist. That changes this week as we take a look into his newest album, Leather, …

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Our Featured Local Artist for November is Unto the Earth, a four piece metal band from Naperville and Aurora, straddling the lines between stoner, desert, doom, and sludge, with shoegaze and heavy psych influences. Formed …

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WONC Sports


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by Sam Corbett Back on May 12th, Jack Oberli swung right over the top of a fastball from Illinois Wesleyan’s Luke Costello. In an instant, North Central was eliminated from the conference tournament, ending their season. …

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by Evan Bruner Reigning MVP Joel Embiid finds himself in a precarious position. He’s averaging 35.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. In a career that has been filled with incredible performances and top-to-bottom seasons, this campaign …

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by Evan Bruner As the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the Divisional Round, the scene looked all too familiar. Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City walked out of the stadium smiling and celebrating while …

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The Chicago Bears once again find themselves facing a franchise-altering decision. For the second straight season, the team holds the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Last year, the team opted to trade back from …

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The Formula One offseason never ceases to bring its surprises. From new team names to the yearly silly season, fans are staying entertained even while cars aren’t out on track. In the latest breaking news …

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by Evan BrunerThere may not be a more thankless profession than commissioner of a professional sports league. Between fans, players, and owners, it’s impossible to please everyone. As a result, commissioners are almost treated as …

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Specialty Shows


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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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Over the years there have been TV channels that have reigned supreme as those with the best original content. Whether it be AMC with Breaking Bad and Walking Dead or HBO with Game of Thrones …

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By: Sam Corbett Hailing from northern Idaho, Colby Acuff’s voice and guitar sound like old-time country musicians telling stories through their music. Seriously, close your eyes and listen to him. It’s like Willie Nelson. His latest deluxe …

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By: Sam Corbett Well, welcome BACK to The Crossroads! I know we’ve been away, and I have a lot to catch up with. First off, I found a new cohost. Zane has graduated on to greener …

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by Jesse Hudgins Hardcore has been a genre since the late 70s, originating with bands like Black Flag, Middle Class, and Circle Jerks. In his book, American Hardcore: A Tribal History, author Steven Blush states that …

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Reviews


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by Jayden Lawrence 1619: The Journey of a People was a captivating experience hosted by a Chicago native group. This musical transcended entertainment by holding itself to a higher standard and ended up being an emotional …

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by Lola Furbee Shattered Noodle Scrapbook recently played on the campus of North Central College in Madden Theatre. It was the NCC Theatre Department’s collaboration with the Neo-Futurists Theatre Group from Chicago. Under the direction of …

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By: Sam Corbett Well, welcome BACK to The Crossroads! I know we’ve been away, and I have a lot to catch up with. First off, I found a new cohost. Zane has graduated on to greener …

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by Jesse Hudgins 2023 is already half over and music has been thriving. Many records have been released this year, and many have been great. After listening to a lot of what this year has …

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Trigger warning: This article contains discussions of suicide and suicidal ideation. This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s YOU Season 4 (Part 2). by Meg Kordik For once, I think my love for analyzing television has come …

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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR COCAINE BEAR (2023) Going into seeing Cocaine Bear, 2023’s new horror-comedy, this was what I was expecting: Some cocaine gets lost in a forest, a bear finds said cocaine, gets …

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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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