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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”:

    Then Sam Magill from New York, here with Wendy Sutter playing the third movement from the Moor “Double Cello Concerto”:

    Then there is Alan Steele, from Chicago. Here he is playing some fiery Prokofiev for a local contest in 2009…

    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: 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:

    And in a similar vein, Zoë Keating…

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Bernard H Holicky

    Friday evening programing 9:30 pm Friday July 25. You just gave me a reason to turn WFMT off for the rest of the evening. It’s not the subject…it’s that you are misjudging what this listener wants to listen to.

  • Pam Schneider

    I am listening to the Saturday broadcast and the previous opera and someone keeps interrupting as if on the same
    channel. It sounds like men giving short instructions such as airport or walkytalky. Just wondering how this occurs. It is a new issue.

  • Sonia Csaszar

    Frans Brüggen died yesterday, as your station has been announcing. Yet, the only person who acknowledged his passing in a musical tribute was Lisa Flynn, yesterday at 2 PM, with an orchestral piece directed by him. What about his recorder and flute playing? For us, serious recorder players, he was THE recorder soloist in the ’70s. He proved the baroque flute to be a most delicate and beautiful instrument. His approach to baroque music matched the small sonority of these wind instruments. Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt gave birth to all present days baroque music performers. I’m disappointed that WFMT, with the exception of Ms. Flynn, only recognized the merits of these artists in mere words.

  • john

    why does this self-described classical radio station so often drift to tedious talk formats (5 pm daily, many weekend slots, Andrew Patner’s insufferable monologues, etc.) or folk or jazz or blues or whatever ?… as the only Chicago classical music station, it’s classical that listeners want… we could get our fill of other stuff, ad nauseam, on any number of other unlistenable stations… so why would our only classical radio resource want to so frequently abandon its listenership and mimic the herd?

  • Esther Murphy

    Once again the iTunes WFMT feed was dead in the water this morning. I hate missing my morning Carl! All the other classical stations that I tried were of course working just fine.

  • Gregory Sakal

    The last few days have seen numerous interruptions in WFMT’s stream. Yesterday afternoon (9/24), iTunes, Reciva, and even WFMT’s own website stream were down. Perhaps it’s my “Inner Geek”, but it would be some consolation to get some specifics about the issues involved. Could you not post some news on the website about this?

  • Dan

    What was wrong with Monday night’s Lyric Opera opening night broadcast of Capriccio? The sound off the web was so distorted I had to shut if off.

  • Anne-Marie Byrnes

    Memo to Suzanne Nance:

    Nadia Boulanger was once asked how it felt, as a woman, to be conducting a major orchestra.
    Her reply: “I have been a woman for (X number of years) , and I have got over the wonder of it”.

    Isn’t it time for you to get over the wonder of being Suzanne Nance, and telling the world?

    Enough already

  • Coozoe

    This is a strange one. When I listen to WFMT FM on my home stereo system, I get interference that I believe is coming from an airline. This happens sporadically. Also, I have to tune in via 98.80 not 98.7 to get a clear signal. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this signal interference. I keep thinking that the airline is on the wrong radio frequency.

  • Helen

    I am missing the 7:30 a.m. business report. Where did it go?

  • Marian Felgenhauer

    Ever dance with someone who’s not there? Try it with Leftover Cuties and Shirley McCallen singing “You are my Sunshine” at midnight with the brass backgroundl blatt-ing wah-wah-wahing. Thanks Michael Feinstein.

  • Marilyn Mason

    I have a question for Julie Dillon about the April 2015 pledge drive. I sing in an adult chorale and we will be meeting tomorrow evening to come up with ideas to help market our concerts. Our December 7th concert is being held at another venue with another group so it doesn’t make sense for us to offer free tickets to that concert, but we’ll have another concert coming up in June for which that pledge drive would offer perfect timing. How many tickets should we be offering (I noticed it seems to be pairs of tickets which is fine). Our concert hall at Nichols Hall in Evanston holds about 300 people, and because of lack of publicity we rarely fill the hall. We could also offer free tickets next November for our December concert which will probably again be held at Nichols Hall in Evanston.

    I’ve worked with you for many years but not lately when I worked on Saturday night pledge drives for folk music with Rich Warren. I enjoy listening to you on the radio now during this current pledge drive.

    You can contact me via email:

  • mike

    Tell Carl to stop insulting guys that drink from a robin’s egg blue WFMT mug by intimating that they’re “feminine”.. This is the second day he’s done it. He’s getting on my nerves!

  • Jack A Loyal WFMT Guy

    Endless Pledge Drives – When will the November 2014 drive end? I listen to WFMT every day, all day. I can’t stand all this chatter for another minute. I will be back when this drive ends. Thank god for Minnesota Public Radio. Thanks, Jack D

  • gretchen

    We really miss Carl Grapentine with our morning coffee. Can you give us any more information about his surgery that prevents him from coming back? Will he be coming back?

  • Faithful Listener 52

    I’ve recently lost the ability to pick up the HD Radio signal, and I was wondering whether the issue is on my end or WFMT’s (I live in the Beverly area and work downtown, so it shouldn’t be a problem concerning signal strength). Also, are there plans to utilize the HD2 or/and HD3 bands? Wouldn’t a Baroque or choral channel be wuuuuunderful? *wishin’ & hopin’*

  • Esther Murphy

    Time and time again Suzanne Nance has picked the most BEAUTIFUL to play. Today it was the ballet music from Spartacus. I’m not a person who buys a lot of music for our personal library, but twice I’ve gone to the web site or Appletunes to buy what she has been playing. Thank you, Suzanne!