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  • NB_Diner

    I just want to congratulate WFMT for adding Suzanne Nance to the broadcast staff. What a beautiful voice! It is so mellow and clear, I even enjoy listening to her commercial accouncements. Bravo!

  • A citera

    if you continue to play this cacophonous crud, I will cancel my membership.

  • Buddy Dave

    About Suzanne Nance–Am I the only one for whom her voice and presentation provoke agony? For the love of God, bring back whoever she replaced.

  • Peter Reinhard

    Re Pledge Drive. It must bestressed that the “thank-you” gifts are but the icing on the cake. Our real reward is the music and the unique programming on WFMT. One thought: Those of us who respond immediately on Day 1 or 2 miss out on the great packages offered later. How about offering us early contributors a special package that is not repeated again?

  • Jane A.

    What a pity it’s the last Saturday morning with Dennis Moore!

  • Ron

    I’m listening to Borodin’s ‘Polovtsian Dances’ (with Russian chorus) right now. It’s one of my favorite pieces!! I’ve been trying to find my own copy, but haven’t been successful. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can get a copy? PS I don’t want ‘Prince Igor’, because I don’t like opera!!

  • JBeckman

    I am a WFMT news junkie. Please resume weekend broadcasting of the morning news. I miss your weekend schedule of old, where you’d still broadcast morning news on the hour until 10AM. Ever since grad school (more than 30 years ago), I always had my clock radio alarm tuned to wake me on the hour so that I could start my day with your news broadcast. On weekends it was such a luxury that you broadcast the news at 10 am also, instead of stopping at 9. Usually the radio would remain on to hear your music programming.

    Ever the optimist, I still set my alarm to the hour, but am so disappointed that you don’t broadcast the news that I turn off the radio and turn on a CD with Beethoven or Bach instead.

    Also, I think you’re missing an advertising opportunity by not having an app and a link to hearing a recording of the last news broadcasted, since invariably I receive a phone call or other interruption on the hour, causing me to miss the news entirely. You could get feedback of the number of people who access your news broadcasts, so that your advertisers would recognize the value of your station.

  • E.Marie

    Where O where is Carl Grapentine??! I realize he needs a vacation as all of us do from time to time, but its going on 3 weeks now. Alas, his soothing voice is nowhere to be heard! The current announcer talks much too fast for mornings. Woe is me!

  • evanstonbear

    Dennis, thanks very much for your announcing during Carl Grapentine’s absence. You’ve made waking up this week much easier, despite the wretched weather outside.

  • Bruce Oltman

    In 2014 I’ll be appreciating WFMT for four reasons: 1) Relevant Tones; 2) The new Baroque and Before; 3) Fiesta; and 4) WFMT Live on Mondays. I resonate with both ends of the musical spectrum, renaissance and contemporary. Seth is a good friend, and he can present all the new composers and musicians with great enthusaism. Candice has thus far engaged me on Thursday night with renaissance music which is rarely heard, and I love. Elbio is a total “gentilhombre” who plays pieces that are so amazing and enlightinging. Last but not least, I think that WFMT is to be praised for broadcasting live music whether it be from the studio or remote sites, because the sound of live musicians makes all the difference.

  • Paul Christofersen

    Cellists for your month of Cello Players and music. First, a wonderfully talented and adventurous young man from nearby Chesterton, Indiana, Josh DeVries, here in a YouTube vid playing Michael Schelle’s “The Monkey King”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXbh8dgAM4E

    Then Sam Magill from New York, here with Wendy Sutter playing the third movement from the Moor “Double Cello Concerto”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pleM2ry739g

    Then there is Alan Steele, from Chicago. Here he is playing some fiery Prokofiev for a local contest in 2009… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dja0FI2qvu4

    And of course my suggestions would be entirely incomplete without mention of my alltime favorite cellist, Truls Mørk, who absolutely blew me away with his Mandel Hall recital a few years ago. He had an incredibly sensitive tone, which by observing his bowing technique closely from our second-row seats, I was able to go right home and duplicate for myself. Here he is playing the Rachmaninov Vocalise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C24n9izmVA Thankfully he has recovered from his temporary incapacitation and seems to be back better than ever before!

  • Lori

    Carl, so glad you’re back. The morning show was not the same without you.

  • Paul Christofersen

    More cellists for your January Special: Chicago native and Northwestern alum Alison Chesley who performs under the name Helen Money: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR2_0ivaGVE#t=76

    And in a similar vein, Zoë Keating… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLKOgTG8RMs

  • Mathias

    I am so very glad that Carl G. is back. Welcome back; you were missed

  • Bernard H Holicky

    Bernard H Holicky
    Norm Pellegrini put his imprint on this station I love -Steve Robertson
    rescued WFMT -David Polk must bring it to an audience that doesn’t remember
    Norm.

  • Mathias

    Congratulations to David Polk on his new position as Program Director. Good Luck to you and one suggestions: Contact the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce at 312 863-8592. They will give you the correct pronunciation of the city of Goteborg, Sweden; so that all of the program hosts pronounce it the same way each time…especially the new hosts. Thank you.

  • Mona

    I wish there was a way of expressing our preferences in programming, i.e., there are regular programs we like and some we can’t stand.

  • Trish

    Wow! That was Renee Fleming?! “America the Beautiful” was fabulous. What a contrast to her dreadful “You’ll never walk alone” I heard recently.

  • Marcia Clark

    Happy Birthday Carl! Thanks for playing your favorites! Some of the pieces were favorites of mine as well!

  • I’m all out of Suzanne

    Since Suzanne Nance joined WFMT my friends and I have been laughing about how she sounds like one of those FM radio announcers who used to do those heartbreak dedication shows (maybe they still do them, I have no idea…) and now here she is, all week long inviting listeners to call in their dedications for Valentine’s Day! It’s hilarious! I can just hear Suzanne Nance, “Bria has been trying for over a year to get Caden to love her. She’s finally walking away. Good for you Bria! You deserve better! Here’s I’m All Out Of Love” by Air Supply, for Bria…” It’s too much…Can’t wait till tomorrow. I won’t be able to drive home I’ll be laughing so hard when Suzanne gives her dedications for Valentine’s Day….. George, come back! Come back! We won’t be mad! Just come back and save us from this sacharine we have to endure now….

  • Mary Schmuttenmaer

    Have to say I’m getting tired of the Cult of Carl. He’s a decent enough announcer, if a little slow getting the words out, but I really don’t care about his birthday balloons, birthday cake, his age, his personal preferences among performers, his endless stream of illness and injuries. and this morning, Breakfast with Carl and the chatter overlaid onto Robert Alagna. Enough already! A little professionalism, please.

  • mary schmuttenmaer

    I made a comment, then came back to check to see if it was on. It was not on, so I put it in again, and got a response that this comment was already here. . . . but it wasn’t. So here it is again:

    Have to say I’m getting tired of the Cult of Carl. He’s a decent enough announcer, if a little slow getting the words out, but I really don’t care about his birthday balloons, birthday cake, his age, his personal preferences among performers, his endless stream of illness and injuries. and this morning, Breakfast with Carl and the chatter overlaid onto Robert Alagna. Enough already! A little professionalism, please.

  • Tina

    Thanks for the older version of Jerusalem! Since it was(and still is)our school hymn, I sand along with all of Britain!

  • SueinIndiana

    I am so upset. I can’t believe I actually heard an annoying political commercial this morning during Carl’s show. Is the station that hard up for money we have to listen to politicans? Please tell me this was a mistake and we’ll not hear them again. I love WFMT and can’t imagine my days without that music, but, I cannot tune in if listening includes political commercials.

  • litterpicker

    I once wore a wristwatch that displayed extended information: depth, altitude, barometric pressure.
    The barometric pressure was displayed in units of millibars.
    Imagine my surprise, when, during flights overseas,
    I observed that the usual 1013 millibars on the ground at the airport,
    had changed to 8xx millibars,
    seated in the plane in an arc’ed flight path,
    over the Bering Strait flight altitude to the Asian continent.
    The change in barometric is displayed in inches on the weather channel.
    Would it be possible to add the barometric pressure, in millibars,
    to your morning weather announcements.
    If and once you comply,
    I’ll be requesting UVI (Ultraviolet Index),
    average percentage of Oxygen from various local sites,
    (foul air, stuffy stores or buildings not included),
    and a reference to the lunar day and phase.
    Lastly, you may insert a very short signal,
    for the salat times of varying temporal markers,
    that change with galactic movement.
    Equality is a myth.
    It is not to be literally used.
    It may be figuratively fought over by illiterates.
    All the days and nights are not equal,
    an ancient observation when travelling at night,
    a phenomenon that the native Americans used,
    trekking, following, a path of a babbling brook or a gurgling stream,
    in the coolness of a full-moon night.

  • J_P_Maher

    Boccherini’s Ritirata Notturna di Madrid is mistranslated ‘retreat from Madrid’. ‘From Madrid’ would be da Madrid. As veteran of a US Army Intelligence Detachment attached to an Italian Battalion (Artillery), I assure you that ritirata has two uses, firstly, a military unit withdrawing, retreating under threat from the enemy in battle; here notturna is not used. You can retreat in the daytime, too. Secondly, tattoo is the US bugle call for lights out, followed by taps. (Not to be confused with Polynesian body marking.) The military tattoo is originally Dutch for the signal ‘close the barrel tap’. The right translation would be ‘Madrid tattoo’ or ‘Tattoo at Madrid’. Presumably different garrisons had their own characteristic calls. Cf. curfew ‘couvre feu’ cover, kill the fire’, lights out.’ Compare Edinburgh Tattoo. Boccherini’s music makes more sense if you envision a small guard unit marching from their post to barracks.

  • K L Williams

    when did the “job” become and “appreciation” of and for classical music. Please ask engineers. thank you.