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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.

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Jim DeRogatis

Jim Derogatis

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; Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly; 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.

Email jimdero@jimdero.com | Twitter @JimDeRogatis

Greg Kot

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.

Email greg@gregkot.com | Twitter @GregKot

Alex Claiborne

Alex Claiborne

Alex Claiborne is a Sound Opinions Producer, responsible for booking guests, brainstorming ideas, editing feature stories and occasional on-air reporting (among other things.) Since she joined the team in 2014, she has edited interviews with artists like Alice Cooper, Courtney Barnett, John Prine, Vic Mensa and more. Prior to Sound Ops, she worked as a fill-in producer on WGN Radio for a variety of programs. Alex attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Radio-Television-Film. Alex loves consuming all things pop culture, working out, listening to podcasts, reading, volunteering with dogs and writing lengthy bios.

Email alex@soundopinions.org | Twitter @alexclaiborne1

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill is a Sound Opinions Producer who joined the show full-time in 2018. His favorite segments to produce are Classic Album Dissections and anything news-related. Before that he worked as a digital producer for WBEZ, focusing on photojournalism, video production, podcasting, blogging and social media over 12 years. During that time he produced videos of more than 100 Sound Opinions sessions. His work on various projects has garnered AP awards, an Edward R Murrow Award, a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award and multiple awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers.

Andrew grew up in Florida and lives in Chicago with his wife, son and cat.

Email andrew@soundopinions.org | Twitter @andrewgill

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