Sound Opinions

Sundays at 8pm
Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot

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.

Sound Opinions is now heard on stations coast to coast.



  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:34pm
    Jim and Greg celebrate Halloween by dabbling in the dark arts with Peter Bebergal, author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll." Later they review a new release from Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:56pm
    While the charts are dominated by old standards like Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett, there are a ton of exciting, new and lesser-known acts that deserve your attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring you Buried Treasures.
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:29pm
    After finding surprising inspiration in Thin Lizzy in a hotel room, veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined forces to form The Both. Tune in for a conversation and live performance. Later Rivers Cuomo and Weezer are back with a new album.
  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:15pm
    Perhaps the most essential element of rock 'n' roll: The Guitar Riff. Jim, Greg and some listeners break it down and name their favorites. Then they review a new double album from another guitar legend, Prince.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:05pm
    Jim and Greg review some of the season's biggest new releases by U2, Interpol, Leonard Cohen and more.