About Sound Opinions
Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together.
You can make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.
Whether you're an expert, or just a casual fan,
Sound Opinions is your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week on the show, nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases and give trends a historical context. And, because on Sound Opinions,“everyone's a critic,”listeners are invited to join in the debate.
Sound Opinions is produced by by , home to WBEZ Chicago Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, and is distributed nationally by . PRX Sound Opinions can be heard on stations across the country and online at SoundOpinions.org. Contact Sound Opinions
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The Sound Opinions clinic has its doors open. Drs. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot see patients a few times a year. To request an appointment, fill out this form. Contact the Staff
Brendan Banaszak, Executive Producer
Evan Chung, Producer
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Alex Claiborne, Associate Producer
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Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America,
Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ‘n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a full-time lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago, concentrating on Reviewing the Arts and Writing About Arts and Media, and he continues to write about popular music for WBEZ Chicago. Together with Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune, he co-hosts Sound Opinions. DeRogatis spent fifteen years as the rock critic at The Chicago Sun-Times and is the author of several books about music: Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic; The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side; Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips; Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock; and Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s. In 2010, he and Kot issued their first book together, The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry, written in the fun but combative style of the radio show. DeRogatis has played in punk-rock bands since age thirteen but jokes that he is a drummer, not a musician. He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife Carmel (with whom he edited the 2004 anthology Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics), near their daughter Melody. Contact him at jimdero.com Greg Kot
Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated
Sound Opinions. He has written several books, including I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era; Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music and Wilco: Learning How to Die. He also coauthored The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry with his Sound Opinions colleague Jim DeRogatis. Kot's Tribune-hosted blog, Turn it Up, debuted in 2007 and covers all aspects of music, and he writes a regular music column for the BBC. A longtime basketball junkie, he coauthored two best-selling editions of the Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, the Velvet Underground, Queen, Aerosmith, R.E.M. and the Beatles. He has written extensively for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as Details, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, Request and other publications. Greg lives on Chicago's Northwest Side with his wife and two daughters. Contact him at gregkot.com. Brendan Banaszak
Brendan Banaszak is
Sound Opinions' Executive Producer. Before joining Sound Ops Brendan spent almost 15 years as a producer and director for NPR, where he covered war zones, disaster areas, political conventions and pumpkin throwing competitions. He's not nearly as tired as that picture would suggest. Email email@example.com Evan Chung
Evan Chung is a
Sound Opinions Producer. Evan got his first taste of working in public radio as an intern at WBEZ's Arts Desk in 2007. He also serves as the Musical Literacy Coordinator for CHIRP Radio. After a year at New York University (the same year that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen studied there), Evan completed a degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. A devoted cinephile, he spent many years as a prolific programmer for Doc Films. Evan performs in a variety of bands, including MeatBute, Chicago's only Meat Loaf tribute band, and Fannheim Steamroller, perhaps the world's only Mannheim Steamroller tribute. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ayana Contreras
Ayana Contreras is a
Sound Opinions Producer. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo (an all-vinyl music show that features original interviews and archival tape). Ayana periodically joins WBEZ's Morning Shift, as well.
Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, a public affairs show which was broadcast from a working barber shop on Chicago's West Side. Ayana was a 2014-15 Arts + Public Life Artist-in-Residence at The University of Chicago, and was a 2015 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholar. Her first hosting gig was with WBEZ's Global Overnight program in 2007. Email email@example.com. Alex Claiborne
Alex Claiborne is
Sound Opinions' Associate Producer. Before joining the Sound Ops team in 2014, she worked at WGN Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. Alex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Radio/TV/Film. In her free time, she is the Television Critic for the alternative weekly newspaper Isthmus in Madison, Wisconsin. Alex loves binge-watching TV, reading memoirs, playing tennis, collecting records and expanding her extensive pop culture knowledge.
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