Flashback: Lin Brehmer on Q104

Just the other day, we were quite fondly reminiscing about one of our all-time favorite Nippertown radio disc jockeys – Lin Brehmer, “The Reverend of Rock and Roll,” on WQBK-FM, or as it was better known in the day, Q104.

Mark McGovern, Lin Brehmer and photographer Dave Suarez
WQBK DJs Mark McGovern, Lin Brehmer and photographer Dave Suarez

During his Albany days, we played softball against Lin and his Q104 team, the Pink Flamingos. We played music with Lin, too. And we think that it’s quite possible that we might have shared a few adult beverages together, too.

We’d love to hear a few of your favorite Lin Brehmer stories, too, so scroll down and hit that comment button, please.

Brehmer is still doing his glorious thing on the radio; it’s just that these days he’s doing it out in Chicago where he holds down the weekday morning drive-time slot on WXRT-FM. Of course, thanks to the internet, you can still stream his show live each morning. Or you can peruse a heaping helping of Brehmer podcasts that are cataloged in Lin’s Bin, featuring his sublime and/or ridiculous examinations of such life-and-death topics as buying your first guitar, the disappearance of B-sides in the digital age and “Why are boys so dumb?”

One of our favorite parts of Lin’s old Q104 days was the weekly Hump Day Unusual Moment. Every Wednesday evening, Brehmer would pull out the weirdest, craziest, most off-the-wall song that he could find and unleash it upon his unsuspecting listeners. Hey, we think he still has our copy of the Lol Coxhill album that featured his version of “I Am the Walrus” that he borrowed for one of his HDUM.

Anyway, in honor of Brehmer’s monumental influence on our formative years – both musically and otherwise – Nippertown.com has decided to resurrect the Hump Day Unusual Moment in his honor. We’ll post the debut on Wednesday, and continue to keep ’em coming every Wednesday. If you’ve got suggestions, bring ’em on.

Photograph by Dave Suarez.

  1. hojohifive says

    more bagpipes.

  2. Roger Green says

    Listened to Lin all the time. Bring Out Your Dead!

    Mark McGovern was a roommate of mine when we lived at 264 Western Avenue with another weekend Q-104er, John Hamilton. saw Mark at Springsteen in Albany last year.

  3. Martyn says

    dunno, but I had a MAJOR Peggy Apple crush.

  4. greg bell says

    lin was a great dj ,not a bad ball player and a fun guy to run into at a show or party. i think that the last time i spoke to him was at a timothy leary lecture right before he left the area.

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