Sound Opinions

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for and teaches criticism at Columbia College.

Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch.

Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.

Before coming to WBEZ Chicago in December 2005, Sound Opinions aired for seven successful years on one of the Midwest's most powerful rock radio stations, Chicago's WXRT. The show has built a thriving and loyal community of inquisitive and engaged fans hungry for smart conversation and new sounds.

538: Sound Opinions Show, 3/18/2016

Mar 10, 2016

1991 was the year punk broke again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore what made 1991 so special, including the musicians, producers and events such as the first Lollapalooza festival. They'll also discuss acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and N.W.A. and how they shook up the music stratosphere and introduced the world to their own unique styles.

Sound Opinions Evergreen Episode 2016

Feb 25, 2016


Coming up on Sound Opinions...hero worship music–Artists name-check their idols like Duke Ellington, Jackie Wilson and more!


Jim and Greg play a collection of songs that name-check great artists from the history of rock and roll including Duke Ellington, Alex Chilton and Kiss.


Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox by Laura Nyro and Labelle.


Professional music critics Jim and Greg discuss influential and game-changning music from the 1960s that provided a soundtrack to the civil rights movement. They analyze tracks by artists like Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and more. They also chat with former Chicago WVON DJ Herb Kent.

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Jan 14, 2016

Sound Opinions Remembers David Bowie

Jan 14, 2016

This is your quintessential hour on rock's famous chameleon David Bowie. Hosts and critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore Bowie's long career and its musical highlights. Included are excerpts with legendary producers and Bowie collaborators Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.

Sound Opinions presents Tony Visconti on David Bowie

Jan 11, 2016

Rock chameleon David Bowie has died at the age of 69. Throughout his long career, one of Bowie's most important collaborators was producer Tony Visconti. Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot spoke with Visconti in 2008 about his work with the music icon. He described meeting the 22-year-old David Bowie for the first time in 1969 as well as the 1977 recording of "Heroes."

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Dec 31, 2015

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Dec 22, 2015

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Dec 17, 2015

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Dec 17, 2015

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Dec 3, 2015

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Nov 25, 2015

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Nov 25, 2015

Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 2015

Nov 17, 2015

Hosts and music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot countdown their Top 5 albums of 2015. New music from everyone from Janet Jackson to Blur made it tough for them to choose, but they managed.

Also, Jim and Greg hear nominations from listeners around the country.

This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year is Hillbilly Christmas – rare Christmas recordings from the world of country, hillbilly, and bluegrass.