Sound Opinions

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Sound Opinions
Genre Music talk
Country of origin USA
Home station Chicago Public Radio
Syndicates Public Radio Exchange
TV adaptations WTTW (PBS)
Hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot
Produced by Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha
Original release 1993 (originally on WLUP-AM) – present
Website Official website
Podcast Sound Opinions on FeedBurner

Sound Opinions is a radio talk show focusing on rock music. It airs Friday night at 8 PM CT and Saturday at 11 AM CT on Chicago Public Radio. It is syndicated though the Public Radio Exchange and airs on public radio stations around the United States.

The show is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and features interviews with musicians and industry figures as well as featuring current music news and occasional live in-studio performances. Kot and DeRogatis review recent record releases and grade them according to a buy it, try it, trash it scale [1] (buy it, burn it, trash it until 1/17/14.[2]) Occasional shows are devoted to dissections of classic albums. Sound Opinions is produced by Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha.

Sound Opinions was adapted for television by WTTW, channel 11, in Chicago.


Sound Opinions began life as a regular feature on Ed Schwartz's overnight program on WLUP-AM in 1993 featuring Derogatis and Bill Wyman who was the rock critic for the Chicago Reader at that time. It was then given its own time-slot on Sunday afternoons following the Sunday Funnies, a comedy program hosted by Brian McCann. In 1994 it moved to Q101. The show ended in 1995 when DeRogatis joined Rolling Stone. It was reincarnated on WXRT with Kot replacing Wyman in 1998. In 2005 after 354 shows it moved to WBEZ and Chicago Public Radio. It was distributed nationally by American Public Media and was also available as a podcast.[3]

On July 1, 2010, the program switched distributors from APM to the Public Radio Exchange, a web-based distribution outlet for public radio programs, the first ongoing series to leave one of the big three satellite-delivered public radio program distributors for PRX.[4]

Message board[edit]

The Sound Opinions Message Board, also known as "the SOMB," attracted music aficionados. Its users, or "SOMBies," discussed music, the Chicago scene, pop culture, politics, and occasionally their personal lives. Annual "Best Of" lists were also regularly compiled. It is no longer in operation.


  1. ^ "The Beatles"Tune In"and Bruce Springsteen Review". January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sound Opinions Reviews on Remix". July 16, 2011.
  3. ^ Feder, Robert (April 25, 2006). "National deal turns up volume on rock talk show". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 57. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  4. ^ Everhart, Karen (June 21, 2010). "Sound Opinions goes to PRX with new syndication moves".

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