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October 2010 one of the busiest in WFMT history

What does busy mean at WFMT?

One could argue that all radio stations are always busy.  Broadcasting happens 24/7, after all, and running a radio station sometimes feels like laying down tracks ahead of a speeding train even in the “slowest” of months!  Music is selected, announcers and spots ordered, and guests are booked months in advance.

But at WFMT, busy means producing new documentaries, series from around the world and, most of all, live programming!  A live broadcast includes the listener in the very act of creation, and we think that’s important.

Since staff members are all working on multiple projects at once,  we sometimes aren’t aware of the big picture until operations manager Don Mueller sends out his monthly list of all live events occurring the following month.  And this month we were all pleasantly surprised that October, 2010 will end up being one of the busiest months in WFMT’s history:

  • 16 live remote broadcasts in the local area.
  • 13 from the Levin studio.
  • 4 Guest host segments.
  • 1 Impromptu Live from Los Angeles.
  • 1 Live broadcast from Quebec City, Canada
  • 1 Live broadcast from Warsaw, Poland

Total of 35 LIVE broadcasts in 31 days!  Were busy and we love it.  And that’s not including new documentaries, tape-delayed broadcasts (concert is taped and then aired soon after), series (including programs featuring the CSO, NY Phil, and others), and more.

Below is our October schedule of live events.  Of course, live radio is unpredictable sometimes and so this schedule is very much subject to change.

For more information on October programming, visit our monthly highlights page.



Fri   10/1   12:15-1:00 pm   PianoForte Col College (piano-violin-clarinet et al)

Recording in Levin 2 or 3 selections from Candide (Goodman Theatre) for Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner

3:00-5:00 pm   Guest host with Kerry in CRA (Anne-Sophie Mutter)

6:45-10:15 pm   Lyric Opera Civic Opera House (Macbeth)

Sat   10/2   11:00 am-noon   Introductions Merchandise Mart (guitarist)

Sun   10/3   11:00 am-noon   Mayne Stage (Rachel Barton Pine w/piano)

Mon   10/4   12:15-1:00 pm   CCM First Monday Cultural Center

8:00-10:00 pm   Live from WFMT Levin (Chicago Chamber Musicians)

Wed   10/6   12:15-1:00 pm   Hess Cultural Center (soprano, piano)

Thu   10/7   ca 4:00-4:30 pm   Dr. William J. Dawson guest host with George Preston in CRA

Fri   10/8   ca 4:00-4:30 pm   Impromptu Levin (Hampson and piano) audience of donors

Sat   10/9   11:00 am-noon   Introductions Levin (violinist)

8:00-9:00 pm   Folkstage Levin (Michael J Miles)

Sun   10/10   11:00 am-noon   Mayne Stage (pianist plus)

Mon   10/11   8:00-10:00 pm   Live from WFMT Levin (string quartet)

Wed   10/13   11:00-11:30 am   Impromptu Levin (string trio)

12:15-1:00 pm   Hess Cultural Center (violin, piano)

7:15-11:15 pm   Lyric Opera Civic Opera House (Carmen)

Fri   10/15   4:00-4:30 pm   Impromptu Levin (solo piano)

8:00-10:00 pm   NEIU Jewel Box (saxophone quartet)

Sat   10/16   8:00 am-midnight   Lyric Operathon Civic Opera House

Sun   10/17   11:00 am-noon   Mayne Stage (string quartet)

Mon   10/18   8:00-10:00 pm   Live from WFMT Levin (string quartet)

Tue   10/19   1:00-4:00 pm   Corky Siegel guest host with Kerry Frumkin CRA

Wed   10/20   12:15-1:00 pm   Hess Cultural Center (solo piano)

4:00-4:30 pm   Impromptu Levin (chamber ensemble)

5:00-7:00 pm   Hampson guest hosting with George Preaston CRA

Thu   10/21   7:00-9:00 pm   St Roch Church Quebec: Anonymous 4 (vocal ensemble)

12:45pm – 3pm Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Chopin Piano Competition Winner’s Concert

Sat   8/21   8:00-9:00 pm   Folkstage Levin (Aztec Two Step)

Sun   10/24   11:00 am-noon   Mayne Stage (soprano, piano)

3:00-4:00 pm   CSO Soloists Levin (cello, piano)

Mon   10/25   8:00-10:00 pm   Live from WFMT Levin (violin-piano)

Wed   10/27   12:15-1:00 pm   Hess Cultural Center (string quartet)

4:00-4:30 pm   Impromptu Levin (early-music viol group)

9:00-10:30 pm   Audio feed from WTTW/11 (Great Performance CSO)

Fri   10/29   4:00-4:30 pm   Impromptu Heifetz studio Los Angeles (Elizabeth Pitcairn, violinist)

(The Red Violin)

Sat   10/30   8:00-9:00 pm   Folkstage Levin (S Glaze, HiLonesome)

Sun   10/31   11:00 am-noon   Mayne Stage (chamber ensemble)

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