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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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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 Batavia, courtest of Allied First Bank in Oswego! This weekend, The Comedy Vault welcomes Liz Miele, a NYC comedian that has appeared on Comedy Central, FOX, AXS TV, Hulu, 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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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 Myron Lewis, the Between the Lines podcast features analysis of North Central College sports, Chicago sports, and national sports. Every week, they’ll run down the latest stories and feature guests. ...

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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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Get Free Stuff

We’ve still got a lot of stickers, pens, t-shirts and more stuff with our old logo taking up space in our prize closet. We want you to have some of it, so fill out the form below and we’ll send something to you. We can’t guarantee what it’ll be, but ...

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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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The Uncle Steves is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Chris Picciuolo, a native of the Chicago suburbs. Picciuolo started as a drummer, earning his stripes as a live and studio musician over the years. One day, …

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by Jordan Mark It’s that time again for another round of A Little Birdie Told Me. In this edition, we’ll be taking a look at the band Dream Theater. Formerly known as Majesty, Dream Theater has made …

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Lollygagger is a 3-piece punk rock/Thrash metal band from Chicago. Their new album "Total Party kill" was released on What's for Breakfast? Records. The sound of Lollygagger is like a brown miasma of bass forward …

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WONC Sports


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The Chicago Bears' skid continued in Week 13, as they fell to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a score of 28-19. The loss marks the Bears’ sixth straight and their eighth consecutive …

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by Sam Fretto The Bulls have seemingly hit a new low after their 108-107 loss to the Orlando Magic. In a game they should’ve barely walked away with the dub in, they instead blew a 4-point …

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by Hayden KrzyzanowskiWith another World Cup just around the corner, many international players are preparing for one of the toughest tournaments of their lives. The Qatari-ran World Cup runs from November 20th to December 18th, …

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by Andy Jachim There’s no secret that 2022 wasn’t a super thrilling season on the Northside of Chicago. The first half of the year was absolutely abysmal for Cub fans worldwide, with injuries and a lack …

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by Sam Fretto The baseball offseason is upon us and that means it's time to fantasize about all the moves your favorite baseball team can make. For some, it can be fun, you can be a …

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by Evan BrunerThe Chicago Bears dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling to the Detroit Lions 31-30. The team’s struggles from the past month persisted, as the offense’s solid play was overshadowed by the defense’s …

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by Andy Jachim After an up-and-down 2022 season, Ian Happ brings home some hardware to the Northside of Chicago. While it isn’t what most Cubs fans would prefer, a Gold Glove trophy is still nothing to …

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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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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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Even though I’ve missed the window to strike when the iron was hot by about a month, it’s about time I reviewed Omens, the newest album from the groove metal giants Lamb of God. This …

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by Jesse Hudgins The Misfits will forever go down as punk rock legends. No matter what era of punk you identify with most, you know who The Misfits are. The band has had their issues throughout …

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by Jesse HudginsPunk rock is a genre that spans over decades with new bands coming and going, and one that’s been coming for a while out of Australia is The Chats. They’ve been around since …

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by Jesse Hudgins Cover and compilation albums can either work really well or they’re huge flops. Some that come to mind that worked are the Rock Against Bush series and the Punk Goes Pop series. While …

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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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