What advice do you have for our new announcer Candice Agree about WFMT
or about the arts in Chicago?
Dear Ms. Agree:
Welcome to WFMT! My advice to you is simple: 1) Maintain an audible voice level through the entire sentence. Do not subscribe the the Mel Zelman theory which states that “the last four or five words are unimportant. If they were important they would be at the beginning.”
2) Find a referee to determine the correct pronunciation of Heitor Villa Lobos’s last name (-s or -sh). Elbio Barilari may be your man.
Orland Park, IL
First, you have a wonderful name! What is the origin of the name AGREE? I would say it is French, but then I’m not even French!
So, welcome to Chicago and to the world’s greatest classical station. We don’t even need to use the word CLASSICAL. WFMT IS the world’s greatest radio station!
You will come to love the radio audience. They are knowledgeable, bright, opinionated, but generous, tolerant, and alway helpful to the Chicago music community, including WFMT program hosts!
Finally, don’t exclude the Hyde Park Community on Chicago’s South Side as you explore the workings of the Chicago musical community. Barbara Schubert, is the conductor of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra — she is one of the most talented and creative conductors around. The U. of C. brand new Logan Center has concert performances several times a month. Too may north siders ignore the South Side, and shouldn’t!
My husband and I look forward to hearing you — often!
Frances and Peter Vanervoort
To David Swan,
You have just read that the Art Institute of Chicago got gift of Korean Art objects.
Can you kindly send me the original article on the subject,
Thank you very much in advance.
For new classical music listeners, they should keep an open mind regarding modern composers and compositions. More traditional sounds are not found in present-day compositions as much as they used to be.
ALL music deserves our full attention; you can’t fully enjoy anything you’re not paying attention to.
Welcome, Candace, to Chicago and to this wonderful radio community. When I first heard your voice, I thought, “This must be a young Linda Wertheimer tape.” Now I understand — the new voice of ‘FMT. I look forward to hearing you in whatever time period you settle into. Advice? As you get your footing in Chicago, sample the varied neighborhoods of the city (and the food as well), so you’ll get a better idea of who is on the other side of the microphone. All the best — from a member of the Fine Arts Circle, a WFMT listener of more than 50 years (oh my gosh!) and, yes, another Hyde Parker (see below).
I think it might be adviseable to perhaps tone down the hospice ad a little. Hospice is end of life care. While it’s nice to have the care in your home, you’re still deemed terminal when on hospice. Just food for thought. Please don’t take this as a sarcastic or dry comment either, I am trying to be genuine and helpful versus snarky and condescending.
The street name in Chicago is pronounced De-VON.
Dear Candice: Welcome to Chicago! I’m sure you’ll be a wonderful addition to WFMT. My advice? Well the first item is from your announcement of a minute ago (which I know many will be telling you about): here in Chicago D-e-v-o-n is pronounced duh-VONN, not DEV-un as it is along the eastern seaboard. And be forewarned, should it come up, the sports field is Soldier Field (singular), not Soldier’s Field. Ha ha! Glad to have you here with us!
Ask to listen to a copy of “Chicago Street Names” and for somebody local to explain it. You’ll be a better resident for it.
I was driving from Bar Harbor to Portland on your last day in Maine. Welcome to Chicago,you will enjoy it here. The natives are friendly and we all love Maine too.
Lovely to hear lady announcers but you & Suzanne might want to tone down the breathy, butter-voice approach and just speak in your normal voice. As a former broadcaster, I know how difficult it is if you’ve developed your “broadcasting voice” but the joy of WFMT is that despite everyone’s vast knowledge and expertise, they’re all just regular folks.
Candice & Suzanne:
What makes Carl, Peter, Lisa, Kerry, Dennis & George (before he left) so beloved by WFMT listeners are their abilities to talk to me one-on-one through the radio like he or she is my best friend, sitting next to me in the car passenger seat. It’s a very personal one-on-one relationship. This is the common thread woven through their very different personalities, styles and approaches.
I think you both are tremendous additions to WFMT, and you both have beautiful voices. But, I too have noticed the “breathy, butter-voice approach,” and have thought: no one would talk to me one-on-one that way in my car or living room. It was great to hear you during the pledge drive because your natural personalities and conversational style came out more as you were interacting with the other on-air hosts. You can do it. Give us more of that during your programs.
All the best and best of luck!
Candice, I’m sorry to say that for the first time ever on FMT I’ve had to turn down the volume during your ads and announcements. Personally I think you’d do the advertisers more good by speaking a bit softer in your announcements so they don’t get muted by some listeners.
PS I’d have to agreed with Nancy Chamberlain’s comment below as well.
To “chime in” with the comments below, the two new announcers are really trying too hard, to the point of being annoying. Candace, we are told, has an acting background, and I’m afraid that’s what it sounds like: acting. Suzanne sounds like she is pitching the music instead of just presenting it. Her on-air presence is more of a gab-fest. My advice to both: please, just relax and talk to your audience in a simple and straightforward manner. Listen to the other announcers, and notice how understated they are. Remember, it’s primarily the music we tune in to listen to, not the presenters. And yes, please lower the volume.
My daughter and I were both cracking up about the “breathy, butter voice,” and we agree (no pun intended) completely with that. It sounds too fake.