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  • Bernard H Holicky

    WFMT I strongly dislike the listener. call in dedications. If you have them, the announcer should make them. –Bernie

  • Bernard H Holicky

    Frankly, I hate it. And I will no have it on the rest of the of the afternoon.

  • pietrob

    I think the markets are closed today, February 17, 2014.

  • Biz watcher

    Would some one please wake up mr. frumpkin and tell him the stock markets Re closed toda, for Presidents Day? The numbers he just gave we’re Friday’s closing figures.

  • john v w

    i love the station, because MUCH of the time it stays focused on classical music… but market, weather sports, and general news are available everywhere, ad nauseum… as are other musical and entertainment genres, so tuning into FMT and hearing newsy updates not centered on classical music, or hearing other kinds of shows featuring folk music or whatever, or tedious talk shows from Studs Terkel or Andrew Patner or whomever, are always hugely disappointing… and what’s the point of annimal kingdom month? Really ?

    • Tramble

      Trés crabby!

  • Marj Benson

    WFMT seems to be playing more early music these days. Not just Bach and Vivaldi, but also Kraus, and Biber, and Elizabethan lute songs, and a viola da gamba concerto! All this in addition to Candice Agree’s wonderful Baroque and Before program. Awesome! Keep up the good work!

  • Mark Bednar

    No web stream, time to put on francemusique

  • Patricia

    Thank you, Candice, for your great selections for rush hour.The music is perfect for.early dinners!

  • Ml Stracke

    thanks for Rusalka tonight – Maria (they call the wind) Stracke

  • Tramble

    We take WFMT with us on our travels. We’re sitting in the apartment in Paris, 11:30 am (4:30 am Chicago time), enjoying our petit dejeuner and WFMT’s live feed via the WFMT app

  • Myles Olsen

    Could you fit into your playlist a piece I think is very good – Vasliy Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1.
    I think he is a rather obscure composer. Thank you.

  • Nick

    Andy Strimaitis is too kind but if you have a chance, note it is his son, not his daughter, who is a student at Merit Music.

  • John

    What did I just hear on Carl’s program, or did my ears deceive me? I can see why recorded ads don’t go with the programming.

  • Cathy

    I was shocked to hear a pre-recorded political ad on WFMT this morning at 8:30. Does this suggest an endorsement or perhaps a change in station policy? Will we be hearing more such ads? It seems so out of character for the station. Perhaps an explanation could be made to listeners.

  • Noel

    WFMT does not solicit political advertising, but cannot lawfully reject
    any political candidate who is interested in advertising on WFMT. Radio
    ads have to include the candidate’s voice to ensure that the candidate
    knows and approves the content of the ad. All media outlets must air
    pre-produced ads as is.

  • Julie

    Listeners should quell their petty complaints and give thanks for this wonderful radio station. I’m listening this morning in rural Senegal, able to access the live streaming for the first time in 5 weeks! Chicagoans are truly lucky to have it all the time!

    • John

      Thanks for the explanation. We are fortunate to have a station like WFMT.

    • Seabiscuit

      Hello. Well, while we are truly fortunate to have WFMT, WFMT is lucky to be in Chicago, where we appreciate great music. And since the listeners really own the station because we send in money at least twice a year, I see nothing wrong with complaining about something. For example, right now I think WFMT has way too many commercials concerning dire medical conditions. Yuck!

      • sally

        I totally agree on the medical ads — I am jumping up turning the radio off all the time …

      • William

        Speaking of dire medical conditions the only time I ever jumped up to turn off the radio was when Andrew Patner was on. I was amazed that he died so young as he always sounded like he was on life support.

    • William

      Petty complaints are HOW we show our appreciation for WFMT, silly one.

    • William

      But Julie dear, petty complaints are how we show our appreciation of WFMT, we don’t all gush.

  • Max

    Pre-recorded political ads: YUK.

  • Anne Monma

    “I lost my horn…” Thanks for all the great music on this snowy March morning.

  • BenFrank

    Are you ever going to SHUT UP and play music? Really, every peice is followed by several ads. Policital ads now too?! I may be done donating to WFMT.
    Enough already!

  • Rick Saviano

    Why do you have the answer to tomorrow’s quiz posted already?

  • Roger Dobrick

    Re: “Time” music for DST: also “Viennese Musical Clock” from
    Kodály’s “Háry János” Suite and Henry Clay Work’s “My Grandfather’s Clock.”

  • Terry Walsh

    Suzanne Nance, I enjoy your voice and your selections, but you should know that it’s taught at the University of Illinois School of Broadcasting that you may say “Chicago area,” and you may say “Chicagoland” if you must, but “Chicagoland area” is redundant.

  • Greg Gauthier

    To the WFMT team, on-air and technical, local and network: THANK YOU for being there. I am a Chicago native that — thanks to the streaming service — has been able to take you with me as I’ve moved from my childhood home near Midway to New York City and now all the way to Berlin, Germany. You are a reassuring comfort of home, in a life full of motion and change.

  • John Morello

    Good morning…or Bom Gia as they say here in Salvador, Brazil. I’m here on business for my university, and while I’m loving every minute, the trip has become even more enjoyable because now I can tune in a lilttle bit of home…WFMT

  • Nancy

    Thanks for the early music!! I was sad to hear you remark that Bach is on the early end of your usual repertoire. I remember in the early 60’s (I was pretty young) hearing renaissance dances on WFMT and my mom and I loved them. We later took up playing the recorder, joined the West Suburban Early Music Society, and have enjoyed a huge repertoire of music that not too many people hear. My David Munrow CDs are still favorites. By the way, the Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Ensemble morphed into Piffaro and are still going strong. Thanks again.

    • Enelra

      WFMT’s programming has changed a great deal since the demise of WNIB, about a decade or more ago, then Chicago’s only other classical music station. Now that WFMT is the only (classical) game in town , I feel its turned a deaf ear to its listeners. I’ve requested more early music also, as well as more classical on late night weekends vs. jazz and pop, and less religious music overall to no avail. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I truly appreciate WFMT, but I am glad I have other classical stations from all over the world to chose from, thanks to my smart phone.

  • Bob

    Anyone familiar with wooden records? The latest in Laser Technology:

    Also works on many other materials, perhaps stone counter tops or glass cook tops. Sound qualtiy is better than a wax cylinder, but not quite up to current standards.

  • Cynthia Beth

    I’m not able to get sound on my computer from WFMT programming. Sound can be heard on other web sites. Is your station having trouble transmitting from the Web?

  • Bob Radycki

    Whoops! I just wrote a comment under political advertising instead of here. Carl, can you retrieve it? From Winter Park, Colorado

  • Bob Radycki

    Carl, I’m finally successful in getting your stream here in the early morning hours at Winter Park, Colorado. Happy Bach Birthday. Great to hear your voice away from home. Hope you are recovering nicely. Best, Bob

  • Lindsay

    All week, I have enjoyed the programming in the late afternoon. Thank you so much!!! It’s lovely to hear another strong woman host in addition to Lisa Flynn. Thank you WMFT for the gift of music.

  • Trent

    Thank you so much for broadcasting the Thomanerchor concert (from this fall) as a part of today’s wonderful Bach birthday programming. I was disappointed to have missed the live concert and today is the perfect day to hear it!

  • Carol Gildar

    What is the name of the orchestral music played at 7:43pm tonight from the Beijing Conservatory. It was beautiful.

  • Robert

    Would you please correct the ad copy currently for Pinchas Zuckerman upcoming concert? The verb “marvel” is being used incorrectly. It is an intransitive verb, that is, it doesn’t take an object. Therefore, no matter how wonderful Mr. Z is, he does not “marvel” audiences worldwide. Audiences may marvel at his virtuosity, but that does not mean they are being marveled. It’s like saying that Pinchas Zuckerman “wonders” audiences all over the world. Thanks.

  • Robert Radycki

    Carl, It’s just past 5:58 here in Genoa, Nevada and I turned on my computer to stream WFMT and to my pleasure you were playing the Radetzky March! The timing could not have been better. My pledge will come later. Best wishes on the pledge drive.

  • http://WFMT.COM John Korbelik

    HEY GUYS: Slavic Names are never accented on the last syllable, rather accent the middle sounds; i.e.
    Janáček NA or Gornostaeva STA. It’s easy.

    • Peter van de Graaff

      Hi John:
      Thanks for the tip. Here’s the problem: In Russian one NEVER knows where the accent is to be (it’s on the first syllable for Mussorgky, for example, and on the last syllable for Liapunov). In Czech it’s always on the first syllable (the accented “a” in Janácek simply elongates the vowel-it is not accented); in Polish it’s on the penultimate syllable (e.g. Lutoslawski, Penderecki, etc.). We’re lost when it comes to Russian and we just guessed wrong. I had a semester of Russian, but it doesn’t help. Luckily, we were corrected and we’ve all got it right now.
      Peter van de Graaff

  • ronlf79

    Why don’t you give the Real name of the selection being aired, in Real time? I always get really irritated when I can’t find that listed!! The stations in Seattle and Portland do that. (I always listen to them whenever WFMT is airing operatic-type music.) Note: I have been a l;ong-time member of the Fine Arts Circle.

  • Michael Surratt

    Thank you for broadcasting the entire two hours of Pipedreams tonight. I wish you would run the entire 2-hour program every week. Michael Surratt, organist, First United Church of Oak Park,IL

  • Bob Radycki

    Listening to you in San Francisco via streaming on this opening day of baseball. Since you are in the baseball jargon mode, I thought I would throw you a curve ball with a picture of Lombard Street with the City by the Bay in the background. However, my attempt failed and I struck out because the size of the photo was bigger than the strike zone.

  • Mary Beth Andrews

    When I made our pledge, I forgot to give my regards to Julie and Kay. Sorry about that – we think of you two often.

    Re: the King and I with Deborah Kerr – I think it was the voice of Marni Nixon. She was often the “voice” of the actresses in that era.

    Regards from Ibiza,

    Mary Beth Andrews

  • Joan Flowers

    Just wanted to let the announcer know that I enjoy each and every announcer and have listened to WFMT
    since I was a young girl
    as you discuss Jewish & Black Relationships I wanted to let you know my
    soldier dad of The Greatest Generation who fought 1942-1945 in D-Day & Battle of The Bulge
    In Normandy+ Northern France + Rhineland + Central Europe & Ardennes & I am trying
    to get his Rank befitting a soldier of 5 WW2 battles & his Clinton White House Exception Burial
    & if the Jewish Generation would like to help speak out for my dad who helped
    change the world but was not allowed to be a part of that history—-
    I would love it just as he loved & changed their history
    LIKE NO OTHER—- Shalom!

  • Betty Dowdal

    I love your station and when I first moved to Waukegan listened to it all day long, especially loved With Heart and Voice on Sunday morning. But over the past couple of years static has interfered, don’t know if someone in the area has something that causes this of if a large building has been put in the way. Am sad about this. Betty Dowdal

  • organ music lover

    Hello, As a pianist and piano teacher I love all the piano repertoire that I hear on WFMT. But as an organist, I wonder why you seldom feature the “King of Instruments”? Having the show Pipedreams is not enough. There are so many wonderful organ pieces that you could feature–Bach for instance!! Please think about it.

    • Brian

      Even worse, I’ve noticed an increase in symphonic transcriptions of Bach organ music (which I hate). Years ago I discussed this with the manager of a classical music station back east (not WFMT) and he said conventional wisdom is to minimize organ, harpsichord and sopranos if you want more listeners. Not even WFMT is immune to pressures like this.

  • bsa

    Please, for goodness sake, take Andrew Patner off the air. He’s not funny and sounds like a pretentious stooge. Other than that, keep up the wonderful work you do.

  • David Brackley

    Has someone made contact with Vera Gornastaeva so that she could even be listening via WFMT live stream? She needs to know how much we LOVE her music!

  • Lucille

    Portraits in Black, Brown & Beige – Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. Absolutely Fantastic! I have a new respect for Mr. McGlaughlin. From White, Disabled, Senior Citizen who reached puberty for a 2nd time listening to this music. Only on WFMT!

  • Esther Murphy

    Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to disappoint. Tonight (April 5 in early a.m.) was so particularly cringe-worthy that I had to write in. Who was that male singing, and more importantly, why? His voice was terrible. The selections were downright dull, and the fact that George Gershwin’s name was in the program title made the experience of listening that much more disappointing. Judging from the limited applause, the live audience seemed as unimpressed as I was. Somehow I think the talented folks at WFMT could do a better job of presenting a jazz show than the Lincoln Center is doing.

  • Rob S

    For the next fund drive, I’d love to see WFMT put together a CD of the announcer banter. I LOVE hearing more from Carl, Lisa, and the others during the drives and it would be great to capture the more lighthearted and funny moments to enjoy forever.

  • Ron

    Why must your listeners on the Internet have to endure a 20-second announcement, each and every time we tune in, which over-the-air listeners are spared?
    As a regular listener of Internet radio, I am reluctant to choose WFMT when many other classical radio stations can be heard as soon as buffering is complete.
    I have removed WFMT from my favorites for this reason, as I do not have to listen to introductory announcements on BBC3, WCLV or KUSC. I’d like to have you back.
    Please reconsider this policy in the interest of treating all listeners alike regardless of the medium.

    • R Shagam

      Depending upon how you listen on the internet, it is possible to edit the m3u or pls file containing the announcement URL. I did it for iTunes listening, but not Tune in. While I appreciate the sponsorship of Spex, it is a bit of a waste of bandwidth for those of us not living near one of their shops. None here in Albuquerque!!!

    • A. Reis

      The ads are a function of “Tune In Radio” and “iHeart Radio”. They’re the ones doing the ads. Do what I did—Get the WFMT ap and use it to listen to the station direct. There IS an ad (for Lee Lumber) in the ap but it is visual. Remember, these ads pay for the origination of the streaming service, which costs a bundle. I know, I’m in the business. I remember when WFMT charged $100 a head to listen to their streaming service, back in the day. This was is SO much better. And, for only 20-30 seconds, I’ll just turn the volume down a little, then enjoy.

  • ScottH

    I sincerely wish that I could have contributed to WFMT’s Spring Membership Drive. However I have been unemployed since August of 2013. I need to thank WFMT for the high quality music programming. For it has been a source of relaxation and stress relief during periods of this unemployment. Once again, thank you and I hope to contribute in the future.

    Scott H.

  • Beth

    Please, please, please pay Shakespearean Baseball in honor of Will and Wrigley.

  • Karen and Martin Halacy

    One of our favorite pieces of Shakespeare related music is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music” with text taken from the last act of “The Merchant of Venice”.

  • JPeterson67

    CORRECTION – the White Sox did NOT lose on wed – they beat the DET Tigers by hitting a granny in the 6th inning – I believe – the final score was 6-4 but not 100% on that one – either way they WON!. Loooove WFMT but please get your baseball fax better! Can you play Chopin Polonaise in A Flat today sometime?
    Thanks and love love love WFMT!

  • Jim Axtell

    Listening to Pogorelich-Abbado-London Symphony Orchestra, on Kerry’s show 4/24. I don’t care for Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto normally, and this seems like an extraordinarily selfish and grotesque recording. I’m surprised that the normally suave Claudio Abbado is involved in this recording. On the other hand, it’s good to hear the bad, so we can better appreciate the great pianists, like Rubinstein and Gilels.

  • ronlf79

    I have donated for several years. WFMT is almost the only station I listen to – both at home and in the car. However, I absolutely loathe opera! and desperately seek another acceptable channel as soon as you put it on!

  • Nancy

    It was a wonderful program tonight (Monday, 4/28) with the harp quartet. They sounded good in music of all eras, and I was very impressed with the newly composed pieces. Thanks!

  • Judy Storey Maritato

    So great to have Carl back!!! Makes the morning all good.

  • Cele Abad-Zapatero

    I wish to express my delight at hearing today, April 30th-last day of poetry month, the mixing of music and brief poems in the 5-6 hour wish Suzanne. I do wish this could be a permanent feature of WFMT programing at least one day of the week or possibly more. I loved the brief selections today and would like to hear more and even, in the future, accept brief poems from the audience (properly curated and selected) mainly because ‘all has not been said’ in terms of poetry. It will be genuinely refreshing!
    I feel the enriching WFTM programming with more poetry can only add to its programming, as in the Walt Whitman’s readings on the Midnight special of ‘Song of Myself’. I am sure that many other formats can be found.
    Cele Abad-Zapatero
    Lake Forest.
    Supporting member.

  • JC

    Why does SN feel it’s necessary to identify herself multiple times an hour? It smacks of self- promotion and is annoying! The other announcers do not do this. Someone should tell her that WFMT is not about the announcers, but the music.

    • umbriago

      The time slot should be called “Afternoons with Suzanne, with the occasional musical interlude.”

    • sally

      better than those who never ID themselves! I want to know who I am listening to ..

  • James

    The station has suffered by trying to keep the great product which we all enjoy as pleasant as possible. Case in point, not accepting recorded jingles. (you can all applaud at any time)

    I can’t understand why we condone these 30 second tidbits about what we will be offered in 20 minutes.
    I get pulled in by the announcer’s voice only to find that I have been unnecessarily pulled from what I
    was doing. These bits of information would be ever so much more relevant if the announcer would
    deliver them either as lead in or as follow-up. Now don’t misunderstand me; these tidbits are all very
    interesting. If they weren’t, I wouldn’t listen to the talk segments or scheduled programming.

    Just cease telling us what we are going to be presented with in the distant future. After all, we are
    here with you because we enjoy having you as part of our day/night.

    Other than that, I still miss Studs. Keep up the great programming. Even the off key singing by you
    guys is appreciated, as long as it occurs after 10:00am.

    Thanks so much, luv ya lots


  • Jim Axtell

    Just listened to the Impromptu with Chris Lemmon and Suzanne Nance. It was a lot of fun — thanks!

  • June

    I’m sitting in my car in the parking lot listening to this great Abbado recording with Brendel Brahms second piano Concerto thank you I’ll be late for the dinner but I don’t care

  • P. Hertel

    I can’t get my live streaming this morning! Anybody know what “Error #2032” is? I don’t know what to do.

    • Alice R.

      I’ve had the same problem this morning. I tried at home and at work, both times the same thing happened. Unfortunately, I do not know what the problem is. I thought at first it was my computer or maybe I needed to update or reinstall something. I think it is a problem on WFMT’s end. I have sent a message to let them know. If they respond with an answer, I will be sure to let you know.

  • Ofra

    I’m listening to your playing of Beethoven’s violin concerto played by Bronislav Huberman…WOW!!!!

    I wonder if there is a re-issue of this to be bought.. and if not, can you make copies of it for your next pledge-drive maybe???? It’s amazing!

  • Charlie

    I think that WFMT has gotten to the point that they have way “too” many ads. I get to the point that I turn the radio off to avoid listening to them. Where is WNIB?

  • bob

    Your “Early One Morning” brings back fond memories or waking up to Mel Zellman early each morning. he started off each program with the song.

  • Elizabeth

    Carl, do you remember when you played this on Richie Daley’s birthday as the Chicago River was flooding the Loop?

  • James R. Pawlik

    Last year, I emailed Lisa Flynn about lobbying the GSO programming committee about scheduling an entire program of Wagner overtures and preludes as the sound system favors the brass so well. I also believe that I mentioned the possibility of staging a mini version of the Bayreuth Festival in mid-July (for pay)! The proceeds could be used to extend the season so that it could begin the season in mid-May and end in late October. Guest artists and orchestras like our own Civic Symphony could be used to fill the program. I think that the opportunity to perform live in front of more than 12,000 patrons would entice many fine artists especially in this ever more competitive market in a weakened world economy. The mini festival would probably bring plenty of EUROS to help our city’s sagging hotel and restaurant business and help dispel its image as the murder capitol of the world!

    • Nmorris

      Interesting idea, although you should suggest it to GSO, as WFMT does not choose their programming.

      • James R. Pawlik

        I have suggested the all Wagner concert every year for several years now. I was tempted to approach Daley via a letter about the festivals. I am sure they would do much more for the city then another plastic cow stunt. Both Linda and Carl serve as MC announcers for the GSO. Therefore their recommendations would carry more clout then I could ever had. I am appealing to them as fellow music lovers rather then the fine WFMTemployees that they both are.

  • William

    Yo WRMTer’s! Thank you ever so much for airing “The Search.” There’s nothing we enjoy more than listening to Lake Forest matrons obsessing about hiring the help. It’s not in the least bit vulgar.

  • Daniel

    Today the question was where was Marilou Angelou born. Answer. St. Louis. I couldn’t call in.

    Daniel Stuhlman

  • Mitchell Marks

    If you went to CSO Thurs. night — what was Alisa Weilerstein’s encore piece? Was it Bach?

  • Brian

    I love WFMT, but on occasion listen to other classical music stations. On some of them, there is a disturbing new practice, to play a minute or so of a nice piece, then fade it out with no explanation. Or sometimes, the announcer will say ‘More of this in 25 min!’. I am begging WFMT not to ever do things like this! I’m sure the Association of Classical Station Managers is touting the practice in seminars at the annual convention. But please resist!

  • William

    Yo WFMTer’s! Thank you so much for airing “The Search.” There are few things I enjoy more than hearing north shore suburbanites gush about hiring the help. Now if Andrew Patner would only review it my joy would be complete.

  • Nancy

    To the question, “What should we do with a drunken sailor?”, my son suggested, “Wake him up with a sudden trumpet!”, after hearing you react to
    the little over-run on the CD you played.

  • Ron

    Am really enjoying today’s “Engineer Appreciation” segments. Fascinating to hear the back-story on so many recordings. Thanks to the engineers!

  • Jacquot

    What a wonderful idea, to recognize and let us get to know the engineers who make it technically possible. I haven’t been able to listen all day, but i have enjoyed the people i have heard. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the train steam whistle, and the commente on CD versus platter sound. I never knew thwt the quality of CD sound eas dependent upon the sampling speed. Thanks so much for broadening my education!!!

  • Bruce

    I’m enjoying engineers appreciation day. One of the most influnecial engineers in my life was Frank Tuller. I was a student volunteer at the U of C’s carrier-current AM station WUCB (for dorms only, via the AC powerlines). When the University secured funding to go with a 10 watt FM station, to become WHPK, Frank was recruited to sponsor us because he had a 1st Class Radiotelephone license, which was needed, per FCC rules, to install a transmitter, and nobody at WUCB had anything above 2nd Class (which you needed to run the sound board and spin records). I had experience in amateur radio equipment, and was Frank’s main contact for the installation of the FM transmitter on Pierce Tower (55th & University). It was during that period that I decided to give up chemistry research and transfer to the U of I at Chicago Circle to start my career in electronic engineering, which paid off well, going into the telecommuncications field with GTE and Motorola. Thanks to WFMT for 50+ years of music and eye opening.

  • Valerie

    Kudos to Suzanne Nance for programming the Faure Requiem in honor of the D-Day anniversary. Although I’m always happy to hear this wonderful piece, on this occasion, especially, it was an inspired choice.

    A request, though, to Ms. Nance: please turn down the volume a bit when speaking. You have a lovely voice, but it comes out too loud in proportion to the music.

    Thanks twice!

  • Ann

    Thank you for the Engineer Appreciation Day! It was great fun to hear them explain what they do and hear examples of their work. Wonderful to see how much pride they take in jobs well done! Also, I loved Candace Agree’s explanation, this morning, of the birth of Lt. Kije using her own name as an example of a possible clerical error. Thanks for all you do – I have NO complaints!

  • Classically minded

    Why has WFMT turned into show tunes 24/7 – on the morning program we are subject to show tunes, on the afternoon program show tunes….. stop it already! there are hundreds of years of classical music that remain unplayed and brilliant genius works by major classical composers – it is not like you are short of music. Note, having otherwise classical artists play crossover music is not a justification (if these artists want to do this, that is their issue).

    • Sonia Csaszar

      I second this idea! Where did Mahler go?

      • Ann

        Yes! I haven’t heard as much Mahler lately and I don’t like the show tunes either. Maybe you are getting positive vibes from other listeners about these changes? I love the Phillip Glass playing right now.

      • Ann Raven

        Yes, I DID hear Mahler 5 last Friday, was it? I thank you for that.

    • Getting Frustrated

      Ok, ok, I made a mistake too, but phone typing’s rough…”Frederica”

    • William

      I suspect the show tunes have to due partly with the station manager spending time at “Show Tunes” events at local cocktail bars, that, and to keep the cash flow going, pandering to middlebrow tastes. What else could explain their obsession with Aaron Copeland.

  • Wayne

    Happy 18th Anniversary, Carl – Thanks for keeping us company in the morning.
    Many More,

  • Kingsley Day

    Please congratulate Carl on his anniversary but (gently!) remind him that Loewe wrote the music and Lerner wrote the words. (Probably already corrected on air by now!)

  • Joseph C Owens

    How do I send a simple message to Carl Grapentine??

    • nmorris

      Dear Mr. Owens,
      Sorry for your frustration. We don’t currently publish email addresses, though listeners can reach out through Chime In, as you’ve done, or through the contact form:,12

      We will forward your request to Carl.

      Thank you.

  • Joseph C Owens

    why in hell do you make it so complicated to get a message to a program host??? I just want to share this with Carl Grapentine!

  • Joseph C Owens

    To Carl Grapentine: I cannot circumvent this disgusting blockage to get a message to you, Carl. Please see my post on Facebook: Joseph C. Owens

    • Carl Grapentine

      I couldn’t find anything on Facebook. Was it posted on my wall? On the WFMT page? You can email me at

      • Joseph C Owens

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        Joseph C Owens 1938– the year my parents were married. When Strauss died, I was 5 days short of my 10th birthday.

  • Keith

    Will someone please advise Suzanne Nance the next time she hosts a Grant Park concert not to jump in with her comments 2 seconds after the music stops! Let the listener have a chance to absorb and experience the end of the music and applause without someone saying, “Wow, wasn’t that wonderful” as soon as the music ends! Come on!

  • Lilithcat

    The death of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos reminded me that years ago it was not uncommon to hear on WFMT a limerick consisting of the names of musicians, the last line of which was “Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos”. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the rest of it! Does anyone else recall this?

  • Bruce Oltman

    I continue to enjoy the Baroque and Before program hosted by Candace Agree. She and her producer have found so many of the European early music festivals that used to be regular programing on WFMT.

    • Candice Agree

      Thank you Bruce! So glad you’re enjoying the show!
      Candice Agree Hos/Producer, Baroque&Before

  • Bruce Oltman

    Saturday’s Relevant Tones program with Seth Boustead featuring Louis Andriessen was excellent. It was a very thorough exploration of Andriessen’s work. Thanks to WFMT for giving listeners a program for this type of exposure to new music.

  • Marilyn Ferdinand

    I listen to your station every day, and always hear the news. Really, is fighting in the Middle East the only top news of each day? Is everyone an insurgent? Can we please have news of the WORLD and local news, too?

  • Marilyn Ferdinand

    I’m back. DePaul University would like to feature Suzanne Nance, one of its distinguished alumni, in an upcoming issue of DePaul Magazine, but we can’t get a hold of her. Please contact me at ASAP. Thanks!

  • Paying attention

    Listening to Samuel Barber and Giancarlo Menotti being described – several times – as “good friends” and “close friends.” Please. This is the 21st century. They were not friends, they were lovers. They fell in love at Curtis and lived together for forty years. Whom are we afraid of offending by the truth here? We can do better.

  • Curious George

    Why do orchestras (and this station) play Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, since by definition it is
    unfinished? I don’t get it.

    • Claire Yashar

      Why miss out on what is already composed?

  • Sharon

    Hi –
    I love the early music program on Thursdays at 10 pm (when I can stay up that late). How can we see a playlist for this lovely program? Last night’s Vivaldi was amazing.

    • Candice Agree

      Hi Sharon, Sorry to see your question just now. You can find all the playlists to date for Baroque&Before by following this link:: I’m so glad you’re enjoying the show!
      Candice Agree
      Host/Producer, Baroque&Before

  • Paying attention

    Something is up with the transmitter, perhaps? At first I thought that it was a problem with the Walton CD, but all through the newscast just now Kerry’s voice has cut off entirely for several seconds at a time – just happened again in his intro to the Brahms violin sonata – and now it happened in the first few bars.

  • Peggy Boccard

    For heavens sake, gang. It was the Russians and the French. Specifically Napoleon’s attempt to invade Russia.

    • Noel

      Brava to Peggy Boccard!

  • E.Marie Gundersen

    Question abt the Gabriel Faure selection played by Carl Grapentine on 7/03/14 at approx 9:30am
    He explained the meaning of “After the Dream” and I missed the full statement! Pls reveal the content of this lovely melancholic song! Thk you.

    • Claire Yashar

      Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image — In my dream, charmed by your image
      Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage,– Je dreamt of happiness, passionate mirage
      Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore, — Your eyes were softest, your voice so pure and resonant,
      Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l’aurore; — you were glowing like a sky light at dawn

      Tu m’appelais et je quittais la terre –You called me and I left earth [was transported from earth]
      Pour m’enfuir avec toi vers la lumière, — to disappear with you toward the light,
      Les cieux pour nous entr’ouvraient leurs nues, — Heavens for us, opened up, [the clouds opened]
      Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues, — unknown splendor, divines lights could be seen.

      Hélas! Hélas! triste réveil des songes –Alas, I sadly awaked from my dreams,
      Je t’appelle, ô nuit, rends moi tes mensonges, –I am calling you, oh night, bring me back your lies,
      Reviens, reviens radieuse, — come back, my radiant happiness
      Reviens ô nuit mystérieuse! — come back, oh mysterious night!
      I hope this helps.

  • Claire Yashar

    This message is for Mr. Grapentine.
    Dear Sir, I am a French native, a singer -sang with Grant Park for many years- and often coach Chicago area singers. I noticed you weren’t quite sure how to pronounce the name Messiaen. I know this is a bit tricky because it is an old French name. So, let me give you the correct and painless way to pronounce this name. Here it is: Messy-aw. Simple :(

    No heart feelings. Cheers.
    Claire Yashar

  • E.Marie Gundersen

    Most if not all my comments are positive on here. However I,ve felt displeased with the unevenness of programming selections on Peter VanDeGraff Thru the Night, which consistently delivers boisterous marches, band music and dark film noire music set for an Alfred Hitchcock suspenses or horror movie.
    And in the middle of the night! A time for calming music, for those of us with sleep issues.
    Are you playing for the insomniacs who are pacing the house?

    Then after an edgy piece of music seemingly set for a remake of John Dillinger,s death, you play a sweet romantic vocal of “Shenandoah, away you rolling river”. .?.?.!!
    Is anybody home over there? What,s up with all this?

    • Claire Yashar

      I just put on my own DCs and listen to MY favorites.

    • Seabiscuit

      Hello. If you have sleep issues, I suggest audio books. With classical music, I have to pay attention. There is nothing relaxing about this music, though some of it is dreamy and calming (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.”) Audiobooks on CD work perfectly me for me. They have breaks every three minutes, so it is easy to pick up where you left off. Also, don’t buy anything heavy; I find that cozy mysteries work perfectly.

  • sally

    Enjoying the American music today on the 4th of July!

  • Bernard H Holicky

    Arts feature – poetry reading. Let’s have more. To heat it read is so much better than reading it

  • Ann

    Thanks, Lisa Flynn, for the Marin Marais I heard just now!

  • Mike

    Trying to listen to the archive broadcast of Midnight Special. After the first hour it shifts to the program from the week before and then shifts back to the current week for the last hour. Help.

  • Seabiscuit

    A common definition of the word “next” is: “coming after this one : coming after the one that just came, happened, etc.” I merely bring this up because WFMT, like all radio stations, misuses this word in the same way. For example, a radio host will say, “We will play a Chopin waltz next,” then go right into a commercial. Whatever they say is coming next is, in fact, not coming next. A commercial is coming next. It’s just something I noticed. One more thing. I do not see the need to ever use the word “penultimate,” especially since most people seem to think it means “ultimate.”
    By the way, turned on WFMT last night and caught the end of the “Goldberg Variations.” Wow!

  • Eimira

    Come on Suzanne Nance, learn the pianist’s name…it’s Dmitry Paperno, not “Papierno.” You mispronounced it twice!

  • Judy Storey Maritato

    LOVE the Hershey Felder program on Leonard Bernstein! Thanks for bringing this to us.

  • Eliot Franklin Gitelman

    The Holst suite is “A Mooreside Suite” and not “A Moorish Suite” as announced just now (7:20pm Monday, July 21.

  • Howard Goldfinger

    Funny mistake this Sunday morning – Jeanne Crain for Jean Arthur – as costar in “People Will Talk.”

    • Candice

      Dear Mr. Goldfinger,

      Thank you so much for writing in about yesterday’s film
      reference after playing the Brahms Academic Overture.

      The film to which I referred “People Will Talk” was released in
      1951. It starred Cary Grant as Dr. Praetorius, who falls in love with Debra, a
      student who finds out she is pregnant by her old boyfriend. The role of Debra
      is played by Jeanne Crain.

      I wonder if possibly you could be confusing this title with “The
      Talk of the Town,” a film released in 1942, starring Cary Grant as Leopold
      Dilg, framed for a factory fire, Ronald Colman as a lawyer nominated to the
      Supreme Court, and Jean Arthur as the woman they’re both in love with. One of
      my favorite films, by the way.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.



  • Carey Tyler Schug

    Absolutely LOVED today’s them on duels. Wish I had recorded it.

  • jen Foley

    re unfinished business – great show tonight. We miss you in Maine. Thank you for a wonderful Friday drive home repertoire.

  • Beth

    Where is With Heart and Voice this morning? It is my favorite program, and I am very disappointed that it is not on.

    • Linda

      I agree with Beth. It’s a wonderful start to my Sunday and my Church time later in the morning. I heard that it was technical difficulties today unfortunately.

  • elmer

    If you play the Wedding March or the Lone Ranger theme one more time, I will scream! Please stop!

  • Star

    What a wonderful station, so very wonderful!

  • Sylvio Flores

    I think Suzanne Nance’s hosting and commentary of the Milwaukee Symphony Concert tonight may be the single most annoying thing I’ve ever heard on WFMT. She sounds like she’s EmCeeing a kid’s show or doing a voice-over for a salad dressing commercial.

    • William

      Yes, gone are the good old days when Kenneth “big fish” Schermerhorn conducted the Milwaukee Symphony. Now it just sounds like a salad dressing commercial.

  • Ann Raven

    I would like to thank Peter van de Graff for the great job he has done on the Morning Show for the vacationing Carl Grapentine. Loved the selections and themes. Well done!

  • Dharma

    I was listening this evening – 8/11/14, 5:30ish or so- when the host recited a beautiful poem of a Lark, however, I only caught the middle and end of it. I was wondering if anyone knew the title of the poem? I would love to read it again. I absolutely loved it and was touched by it’s sentiment as a friend recently passed, and it brought me a bit of solace. Thank you to the host.

  • Marilyn Ferdinand

    On Sunday, I heard a wonderful piece called “Opera of the Stones.” I’d love to have a recording of it, but my Portuguese is nonexistent, and I can’t read the website. Do you know how I can get my hands on a CD of the opera? Many thanks!

  • Timothy

    Just wondering if the Javier Alvarez piece that aired around 6:20–6:35, “Hearts of Metal” is available on CD. Thanks!

  • Henry Tsai

    Shenyun Symphony Orchestra is coming to Chicago:

  • heidikins

    I love Candice Agree AND Suzanne Nance. You all are being very harsh!

  • heidikins

    But what I DO (respectfully) wonder is, who likes the old scratchy recordings? I can’t bear them!

  • nancy ryan

    Thanks To Ms Nance for the lovely L’isle Saint Louis section of the Milhaud. I lived there in 1961, on the top floor of a Bdg. , an attic apt where we could reacho ut and touch the chestnut leaves, watch the barges, see N. Dame and this music really captured my feelings then. My son was conceived there. A magical time.
    Brion Gysin’s “Dream Machine” sat on a table and fit right in! Nancy

  • jessiekitty

    Hello everyone!

    I listen to WFMT almost exclusively (with some voyages to NPR and traffic/ weather), and am
    grateful for the wonderful resource this is for this area and all over the world. Thank you for your hard work.

    It is great that there is some more early music…but it’s late at night. Could some more
    early music please be scattered in the morning and evening rush hours (or “un-rush hour”)? Ditto for chamber music and choral music. I know there are some reasons these get short shrift, largely to do with the hegemony of Common Practice period instrumental music and funding, but I think we could all be further enriched by more in these vast and splendid eras, genres, and ensembles. Besides, wasn’t a chamber music lover adding extra money to the pledge drive for other chamber music lovers? Let’s have more of it please, during rush hours and evenings.

    I must agree with some of the comments I’ve read here. It has been dismaying and frustrating for me that there seems to be more and more “lite” classical music and show music/movie music on WFMT, and that means less and less “art” music—which is the main reason I listen to WFMT. Please, oh please don’t keep
    nudging art music (or “classical” music, generically) out of the lineup. Keep giving us music that rewards close listening and that takes us to deeper places in the mind and soul. I miss the “Sunset Symphony” feature that George Preston included each evening. How about another such feature, but with chamber music instead? (Complete works, too! Baroque till now!) There are so many excellent string quartets, piano trios, solo sonatas, piano quintets, woodwind quintets, and more that you could easily fill years and years of evening chamber music features.

    Two quick pronunciation things: Niels Gade – Danish composer – last name is said like “gather”
    but with a light schwa for the second syllable. The old French/Burgundian dance written “bransle” is pronounced as the English word “brawl.” Not very nasal, and no “s” sound. Gotta love French orthography…

    Thanks for reading.

    • jessiekitty

      Here is a great source for pronunciation by native speakers. This will be much better for the pronunciation of the composer Niels Wilhelm Gade:

      And here’s a better pronunciation of “branle” (sometimes also spelled “bransle”)

    • Sonia Csaszar

      I agree with Jessiekitty about the excessive programming of “lite music” over what used to be the norm for WFMT. I also agree with her about the need to play more choral music (except Whiteacre, which sounds like elevator music): give us more Josquin, Palestrina, Lassus, Schütz, Byrd. WFMT is already playing tons of vocal music, but most of it seems to be operatic. How many times can we listen to the same arias?

  • sociologact

    SN is the best classical programmer I know.

  • Charles Amenta

    Brava Patrice!

    I have an absolutely-true-in-every-detail, Cedille story from exactly this AM. I was in bed reading Joseph Horowitz’s “Classical Music in America” where he described the Copland Piano Sonata. I wanted to hear it right away and grabbed my ipod to see if it was on it. I found a Cedille recording of a Copland piano piece called Sonata in G major. It obviously was not the piece I wanted because Horowitz described a monumental slow final movement, but I thought I would give a listen. Enchanting student work but sounding more like Richard Strauss than true Copland. But what about the real sonata? Well it turns out that the Copland was the “B-side” of the Cedille recording of Ives’s “Concord” Sonata performed by Easley Blackwood–one of my favorites. (I guess I was usually too exhausted by the Ives to ever get to the Copland.) Anyway, it was an impressive piece and a fine performance. Thanks, Jim. Thanks Mr. Blackwood. Thanks Cedille.

    Chuck Amenta

  • Tulsa Listener

    I really DO NOT like Suzanne Nance, no matter how some people rave about her. She dumbs down the programming by playing show music and lite classics, and over-emotes. She sounds affected and fake-I call her “The Gusher.”

    Seems like we’re stuck with her, unfortunately. Can she at least pronounce the name of my hometown correctly? Barrington is pronounced BARE-ing-ton, not BARR-ing-ton. She can think of a taunt that I heard as a child from kids in other towns, “Barrington is bare,” if she needs help remember the correct pronunciation.

  • Kristen

    thanks for playing big M’s #40 in g. I think it’s one of the best and more heartfelt versions I’ve heard. It made my morning!

  • Janet Sheffer

    Suzanne, the Star Wars/Holst’s Mars back to back is fun! I’ve always thought that Darth Vader’s Theme and The March of the Montagues and the Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet could almost be played at the same time. That would make another good one.

  • Ray

    Good day from the great state of Michigan! I can’t thank you enough for having programs with variety and quality.
    Carl’s program on Labor Day was absolutely fabulous!! I tune in EVERY day as soon as I get to work. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! -A friend from Lapeer, Michigan-

  • Agnes

    I must object to the Ryan Center recital series. The singers are usually good as are the pianists, but the choice of music is abominable. We usually end up changing the station. Could you please occasionally favor us with a beautiful melody? Opera is full of them but they’re never featured on this program.

    • Seabiscuit

      Let’s face it, contemporary music sucks.

  • rob

    Hello Chicago!
    Currently in India working and enjoying your ‘crystal clear’ stream. Thank you.

  • Roger Dobrick

    Please give us advance notice if you plan to air John Cage’s “4’33″”, so we can adjust our volume controls appropriately.

  • William Edwards

    WOW Candace- – – I love Khatchaturian and never heard this piece. It’s quite solemn and not sure if this was more of a government-driven composition as we know how the govt. controlled the composers. My love is how he pulls from Armenian folk music. Dated, but very elegant ballet under his baton about 1965 from Gayane (and no, Sabre Dance is not my favorite from that ballet – – – LOL) Thanks for programming this Candace this morning – glad I got up early! :-)

    • Candice Agree

      So glad you liked it, William. The early bird catches the tunes! Best, Candice

  • Mrs. Doyle

    Thank you for the organ music right before 8 a.m. today. It completely changed my mood to one of deep gratitude.

  • An old organist

    For those of us unable to attend the Bach Organ Project concerts, will they be broadcast, or taped for later broadcasting? This sounds like such a wonderful project, and I would love to be able to learn from it.

  • Frances

    I am listening to Carolyn Watkinson right now, Tuesday night, WFMT. What a beautiful and true voice!

  • Sunny Stiklius

    Would you PLEASE play something sung by Roberto Alagna from that Berlin Gala disk? Thank you so very much!

  • ofra

    Where am I supposed to write this in order to participate in the “maybe win”?

  • Ann Weissman

    Re: Chopin

    I would like to know what Mr. Grabsky thinks of the musical biographies made by the late Ken Russell, i.e., “Elgar”, “The Debussy Film” and particularly, “Song of Summer” (Delius).

  • John nester

    What do you think of Rachmaninov ?
    Is he on your list of composers for a film?
    I too was inspired by the movie Amadeus

  • LORRa rudmans

    What is the sweetest revelation the CO host discovered while researching Chopin?

  • LORRa rudmans

    You are working on a film about the impressionists. Heck you are in Chicago, for Pete’s sake. Get yourself over to the art institute!!!☺️

  • Ro Lebedow

    What is the name of the magnificent piece being played right now? Please respond… is transcends all. Thanks for playing it. Ro Lebedow

  • Rick Saviano

    Maybe you should play some music for St. Blaise; it might help your throat. ;-}

  • June Berveiler

    I was delighted that the first recital of the Bach Organ Project was so well attended. Since then, though, I have not heard any mention of it. You still have nine recitals to go, and it doesn’t hurt to remind listeners that some wonderful music is still in store for a reasonable admission price.
    I read an idiotic article in an issue of The American Organist in which the author suggests that attendance at organ recitals would be improved if popular music were included on the program. He supports this conclusion by the fact that in a questionnaire people with classical music backgrounds were just as enthusiastic about a transcription of a Fats Waller hit as were people with no music background. Never mind that this recital must have been publicized well in advance. He does not mention such details, nor whether the audience had been recruited far ahead of the performance.
    Today in a neighborhood newspaper I read of an organ recital to take place this Sunday. With only half a week’s notice, attendance will probably be disappointing.
    It just infuriates me when I read these wise guys who say that the way for an artist to succeed is to DUMB DOWN AND SELL OUT! Did I hear through the grapevine that someone posted a message on the Internet to the effect that classical music is dead? Only his brain is dead!

  • Edmajewsk

    Bill McLauflin’s program this week features a number of string quartets rarely heard.It would be wonderful to play all of them in their entirety on your chamber music programs in,the coming weeks.Attn Candice Agree.ed

    • Candice Agree

      Thanks for the tip. Best, Candice

  • John

    How come WFMT is not broadcasting at 98.7 FM at the present time?

  • Dick Goerz

    I agree with a few other recent comments: it has been disconcerting to find the WFMT stream unavailable without explanation and/or prognosis on the web page. I just renewed my membership and wonder now if it was a wise decision. Right now I’m signed in as a guest because I’m unable to retrieve my member password. The site doesn’t recognize my name and email. Just what is going on?

  • Dan Klenke

    Hey, FMT, get it together. I’ve been getting dropped internet streaming for DAYS with VERY LITTLE COMMENT OR EXPLANATION. Things happen, but it’s a whole lot better to be descriptive than briefly and incorrectly patronizing. I’m now on iTunes listening to WCAI Boston.

  • your friend in washington

    Has my favorite radio station been hijacked? Live streaming has turned into a mess! I’ve had to turn to a local station sorry about that.

  • Larry Larson

    Your streaming feed has been “messed-up” since last night. There’s an echo/reverb effect. Streaming has had issues for days with dropped feeds.

  • Larry Larson

    Streaming is down… again.

  • Larry Larson

    Streaming is down this morning.

  • RSpringfield

    Streaming is down again.

    • Larry Larson

      Now working for me, RS.

  • Konrad
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  • Carol Beirne

    Missing Carl
    I have a concern about Carl Grapentime since he has been out ill. Is he okay? Please let him know his loyal listeners are wishing him a speedy recovery!!

  • Rick
  • Ruth

    During the 8:00 hour Saturday Oct. 4 you played Kol Nidre by Bruch, but you announced Schelomo by Bloch. No correction was announced, even after the piece ended. Nor was any mention made of why it might be appropriate to play Kol Nidre on Oct. 4, Yom Kippur.

  • Joy

    Brahms’ violin concerto You made my day! And many peoples’ more. Thank you!

  • Susan

    WFMT used to be my favorite radio station, and it saddens me to say I don’t listen much any more. I really do’t like Suzanne Nance. I’ve tried and tried, but her talking down to listeners is more than I can stand. This also determines what my pledge will be, and since I don’t listen any more, I won’t pledge any more.

  • Classically minded #2

    I for one have had enough of the mellifluous Nance’s chatter, and her addiction to movie music. Bring back the old WFMT

  • fed up

    Well, it is time to turn to another station for the afternoon, as Suzanne is back on with her babble, babble, and more babble. I enjoy the station the rest of the day and evening.

  • Ann Raven

    I am enjoying the Danish music today. I had to turn WFMT off twice yesterday, once for ON the TOWN and once for RODEO. I am tiring of the ‘light’ music you are playing more and more.

  • Jano

    Where is Jazz with Lincoln Center? Usually at 11pm on Friday nights. Now Marian Mc Partland an hour early.

  • Yoshiyuki Mukudai

    It’s my pleasure to have opportunities to listening to my friend Henry’s collections of vast field. My wish list is re-broadcast of 1990 June performance of Klaus Tennstedt Mahler 4th and Haydn Military Symphony.

  • Sunny Stikllius

    Lucia Popp singing the “Song to the Moon” – YES!!!!!!! THANK YOU, Lisa Flynn! My favorite rendition over that of any other soprano of this Dvorak aria. What a loss too the opera world when she died at such a young age.

  • Cindy Moriarity

    Thank you for playing the Hanson Romantic Symphony! When I was a little girl in the sixties, my father played this on his state-of-the-art hi-fi. He must have played it a lot, because, in my soul, I know every note. But I haven’t heard it in a very long time. I’m getting chills –
    Now, play something by Alec Wilder – someone else we used to love in my family, who is seldom heard.

  • James Kowalski

    They are trying to see a bigger picture….Open the MIND!!!! or Pop in a Cd, I am sure you are a donor and have a few….?

  • betty becker

    More blather. Every time I think I am going to listen to some music, there is more talk, talk, talk.
    This station used to be a music station. It has become a station that wants to hear musicians
    talk endlessly about what they thought before they composed or maybe even what restaurant
    they ate at recently.

  • Ragina

    Good Morning! I am disappointed that Carl didn’t mention the stunning last second victory of the Chicago Bulls over the Atlanta Hawks last night when he covered sports! He didn’t mention it at 6am but I was sure that by 7 someone would have told him but again at 7 there was no mention! We are avid basketball and baseball fans. We don’t like football or hockey! Anyway – PLEASE report on one of the most exciting games ever. The Bulls were down by 30 points and fought back to win in the last quarter! My husband, Irving and I would love to hear it! Thank you

  • Ragina

    Ooops I typed 30 when I meant 20! Bulls were down by 20 points and came back to win! BTW: Irving and I LOVE the programming! We are both classically trained and are thankful for at least this one station and also appreciate hearing other genres. Keep up the great work!

  • Classical musician

    Jarring….. We go from a special about rhodzinsky to ‘nature boy’ as Susan nance says a jazzy ….
    Come on! The logical choice is a recording by the featured conductor. Not crap jazz. Susan, if you want to play Jazz all the time move to another radio station! WNUA perhaps!

  • Classically trained musician

    Oh gee, after 4 renditions of fiddler on the room this afternoon we get rhapsody in blue…. AGAIN! There is an entire record library filled with seminal recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Buckner ( to list only a few composers whose last name starts with B)… How many times must we listen tin psuedo Jazz and show ‘toons’

  • allen schechter

    To Carl: Just want you to know that some of us appreciated your Friday 6 a.m. sports comment (reprise) “The Giants win the pennant.” Three thousand miles away.

  • Moltomike

    I had to move tp Florida from my beloved Chicago 5 years ago and have regretted it ever since. But thanks to technology I still live there in your internet streaming programs. You have the finest and best classical radio station in the world. God bless you all.

  • LynnF

    I adore Suzanne Nance and am so surprised to see so many negative comments towards her. She programs really intreresting and mostly beautiful music, and often it’s something new to me. Her commentary and disucssion of the music is well informed as well as entertaining, and her voice is so lovely. Thanks, Suzanne.

  • Ann

    I have enjoyed the Charles Ives that you have been playing. He is such a quirky composer. Gotta love him.

  • Broadway gal

    I love the fact that Franz Liszt is giving us the gift of beautiful music on his birthday. Maybe this could be a new trend –birthday celebrant gives gifts instead of giving them, Thanks for the great music

  • Organist/pianist/piano teacher

    As usual I am begging for more solo organ music. After all, the organ is a solo instrument and it is the King of Instruments!! 1 hour on Sun. night is not enough. I heard 1 such piece a couple of weeks ago and was shocked that an organ piece was actually played on your station, but alas, it was the overdone, now boring– Prelude and Fugue in d minor. There are many other wonderful organ pieces to play.

    Regarding the Contemporary music ensemble this morning about 10:45, the piece they played (don’t know the name of it–a string trio piece) reminded me of the Emperor has no Clothes. Much ado about NOTHING!! Hearing same 2 notes over and over again was to say the least–super dull. What a stupid piece!

  • sylvio

    I’ve been listening to “Il Trovatore” this evening, and was looking forward to the exciting “Anvil Chorus,” but all I heard were the anvils. What happened to the chorus? There is supposed to be a chorus there, right?

  • Elliott Delman

    Vivaldi de, er, recomposed. Hmmm. What was wrong with the original?

  • Jane Atkinson

    Thank you for your coverage of the singing of the National Anthem at the 7th World Series tonight. We are not opera fans but tuned in and were blown away by the totally appropriate rendering – low key dress, the National Anthem in a slightly lower key (Garrison Keillor’s comment that it should be sung in the key of G?) – we aren’t musical enough to recognize the key, but we recognized an overall perfect rendering – which we would have missed without its mention by Carl and Suzanne. Thanks.

  • Carolyn

    I love Baroque and Before, but why did we lose Millennium of Music?

    • A. Reis

      The series was only on for a limited time, and it simply ended, sad to say. Yes, I loved it too. Need more of the Early Music program.

      • A. Reis


    • A. Reis

      The series had only a limited run, and was ended when Radio Nederland had produced all that they were going to. A perfect example of ‘all good things must come to an end.’….sadly.

  • Ann

    Thank you, Suzanne Nance, for the dances arranged by Marin Marais that you just played! I think that Kerry Frumpkin also played Marais on Friday while I was navigating along LSD in the horizontal sleet and the waves blowing onto the drive. Thanks, Kerry!

  • Patrick

    I attended the concert by the Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble at noon today, and I was very pleased. First, because it’s great that they’re resuming their first Monday concerts at the Cultural Center, and second, because Candice Agree hosted the performance from the podium. I’ve attended many concerts at the Cultural Center, but this is the first time I’ve seen a WFMT host broadcast from the podium and share their remarks with the live audience. I think this is a terrific idea. Candice provided a degree of polish and engagement that elevated the performance for me. Kudos to Candice and to WFMT — I hope this approach continues when WFMT broadcasts from the Cultural Center!

  • Janeen Devine

    perfect day to toss in something from “Of Thee I Sing” by the Gershwins….

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  • barry

    plse QUIT the Christmas music! I never thought I would hear it so early on WFMT!

  • mbed

    I thought Renee Fleming’s rendition of Sleigh Ride was awful.
    I suspect this post will get deleted as well because it is counter
    to the fund raising effort.

    • sylvio

      I think most “crossover” efforts of opera singers are pretty pathetic, and I’d have to say that the samplings that we’ve been offered of Renee Fleming’s Christmas Album don’t sound very promising either. For a call in gift, as they say, “good luck with that!”

  • cappifish

    Yikes its Saturday morning; Peter you’ve already had too much caffeine!! You and Candace continually talking over each other; calming down would be nicer, thank.s

  • Tom Gregg

    Viola organista: The other day one of the hosts, I think it was Lisa, played a piece originally written for viola organista. Since that instrument doesn’t exist anymore, the piece was played on a cello. If only you had know of this:

  • JDL

    Does anyone know why the streaming is not working today? Only the Spex add plays then nothing. Now nothing except error code 2032

  • Discqus

    I would like to request that two programs return to listening times that are convenient for the listening audience. “With Heart and Voice” is heard at 6AM on Sundays and “Pipedreams” at 10PM on Sundays. Let’s return “With Heart and Voice” to Sunday afternoon where it traditionally was heard and follow it with “Pipedreams.” I don’t dig how WFMT ghetto-izes Christian sacred music into marginal hours. The argument that choir directors want to hear “With Heart and Voice” early on Sunday mornings does not hold water since this is a minority audience in comparison to WFMT’s large listening public.

    • A. Reis

      I for one like to hear WHAV at 6 AM, it wakes me up and gets me into the mindset to make joyful noises to the Lord every Sunday. By the way, on WHAV’s home station WXXI, the program runs (or did) between 8 and 10 AM on Sundays. Yes, the local broadcast is two hours long. Out-of-towners get only one hour, but what an hour it is!
      I do, however, agree with you about having Pipe Dreams on earlier in the day, and to broadcast BOTH hours! I’ve discussed this with Steve Robinson in person, and they’re not changing, at least not without a sponsor. Hint.

    • Ann Raven

      And I would like Seth Boustead and Elbio Barilari returned to their usual times!!!!!

  • Alejandra

    Hi! You were mentioning that WFMT is a National treasure… Well, I am a Colombian who lived in Chicago for two years while attaining my MBA degree at the University of Chicago and fell in love with you. I came back to my home country and have been listening to you ever since.

  • Belton Fleisher

    You are going way overboard playing over and over again the performances of the Russian woman whom you’re touting as the greatest undiscovered pianist of the last 50 years. Not only are your over the top emoting over this woman getting extremely annoying, but more so the constant repetition of the same Schumann compositions is forcing us to turn off the radio. What are you thinking?

  • ArtReis

    Just read the article on El Sistema on the web site. Much complaining about the Venezuelan program, some of which may be justified, some of which should be much more thoroughly investigated (and those of you who read it know what I’m talking about). However, when it comes to decrying the intensely harsh, authoritarian treatment of the musicians by the conductors and maybe other (including accusations of tyranny), may I suggest an alternative view?

    Some of the world’s greatest orchestras of the past, including our own Chicago Symphony, were led by men who were considered tyrannical, even bullying, to those who experienced, or even witnessed, their conducting style. Both Toscanini and Reiner left incredible bodies of work, or shall I say legacies, for admiration by both their contemporaries and future generations. But as the old saying goes, no one wants to see how the sausage is made, and there aren’t many who want to see what those who are involved in producing true excellence often have to go through to create it.

  • Lindsay

    Hi Candice. I look forward to hearing your show every day. Thanks WFMT for such great hosts and programming! Good Luck with the fund raising.

  • Mike Meshenberg

    Help! Someone has hijacked my radio station. I understand and accept
    the need for on-air fundraising. But this one seems to have gone on so long
    that I’ve stopped listening. So many gripes. The endless hyping of the “Vera”
    recordings as though she’s the second coming. She’s fine, but enough is enough.
    And the endless repletion of the same gift packages as though you think every
    listener has just tuned in. This is particularly true of the discount packages.
    News flash: I’m pretty sure most of us listen for long periods of time so
    repeating the same information every five-ten minutes is more than annoying, it’s
    a real turn-off.

    And it demeans your announcers by diminishing their skill as music
    introducers and forcing them to be carnival barkers. Enough already. There has
    to be another, or at least a shorter way.

    Here’s a tip – encourage sustaining membership (I’ve been doing it for
    years) and provide an alternate channel so we can avoid the hucksterism. WBEZ
    does it and it’s much appreciated.

  • Daniel Cleary

    Thank you, WFMT?

    Vera Gornostaeva

    For all the foolish world goes on,
    Content from day to day
    Immersed in rounds of endless fun,
    In its erroneous way.

    Thankfully, here, we find at least
    Some counter to all that,
    Finding a veritable feast
    Here with a purring cat

    & music, music, pouring forth
    From a sublime CD:
    Some Chopin played straight from the heart
    With virtuosity,

    By Vera Gornostaeva—
    Full of a breathless charm,
    With lofty tones from far away,
    She comes & takes your arm

    & sweeps you up in her embrace
    So that you have to cry
    Bravo! To all that power & grace
    There as she flashes by…

    The flush that comes as aftermath
    From this impassioned source
    You cannot help but wonder at
    Later, a bit, of course.

    What can it have been after all
    But brilliant artistry
    That kept you there as if in thrall
    Awed by such mastery?

    Daniel Cleary

  • Thomas Labanauskas

    WHY? doesn’t WFMT bring Vera Gornastyava to Chicago for a concert now????
    She is allowed to leave Russia now !!!

  • B Bright

    Mr. Auden just composed this about Carl:

    He is our North, our South, our East and West,
    Our working week and our Sunday rest
    Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song;
    We thought that his knees would last forever, we were wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  • Pat Buckler

    I can’t seem to get the top five package online.
    Is there a way to do this online?

  • da yooper

    Now that the seemingly interminable beg-a-thon with its hordes of lisping beggars appears to finally be over could you please fix the streaming audio?
    Else, it is back to WDVX for me.
    The Jacobs must be turning over in their graves . . .

  • Ray Ward

    Where was the original WFMT Studio located?
    As a child, born in 1950, I remember accompanying my
    father, Ray Ward, who worked for Shure Bros., to an attic
    in a Chicago downtown office building. There were some
    very large vacuum tubes in cages and a studio built into
    the attic space where a couple basically used sleeping bags and camped out in the station.
    Dad would have a stack of LP disks which he
    would discuss with the hosts. Mr. Ward was one of the first
    Stereo Hi-Fi enthusiasts of the era. Over the years I grew listening to Marching Bands, Marine Corps,
    German, Russian Chorus, Theodore Bikel, Baez, Clancy Bros, Opera, all the classics and all played at
    maximum ‘pop’ volume to the background cries of my Mother: “Ray, turn that thing down!”
    It never stayed on the down low for very long.

    If you can come up with the name of the original building its location I would be very appreciative.

    I remember Mike Nichols and Elaine May performances on the car radio.
    They set the standard for me as far as comedy goes.
    They were funny without ever going into the ‘blue’.
    That is not an easy thing to do.

    Thank You,
    Ray Ward

  • Ray Ward

    If you would please:
    Where was the original WFMT Studio located?
    As a child, born in 1950, I remember accompanying my
    father, Ray Ward, who worked for Shure Bros., to an attic
    in a Chicago downtown office building. There were some
    very large vacuum tubes in cages and a studio build into
    the attic space where a couple basically use sleeping bags and camped out in the station.
    Dad would have a stack of LP disks which he
    would discuss with the hosts. Mr. Ward was one of the first
    Stereo Hi-Fi enthusiasts of the era. Over the years I grew up on Marching Bands, Marine Corps,
    German, Russian, Theodore Bikel, Baez, Clancy bros, Opera, all the classics and all played at
    maximum ‘pop’ volume to the background cries of my Mother: “Ray, turn that thing down!”
    The volume never stayed on the down low for very long.

    If you can come up with the building name and location I would be very appreciative.

    I remember listening to Mike Nichols and Elaine May vignettes on the car radio.
    They were funny without ever going into the ‘blue’.
    That is not an easy thing to do.

    Thank You,
    Ray Ward

  • Marvin Berns

    You folks have been touting a Russian pianist, for the last couple of weeks; how about touting, to the
    rest of the world (NYTimes, local newspapers,classical music publications), how an FM station, raised
    more than a million dollars, from their loyal listeners. Could any Chicago radio station, here, or in the
    rest of the country, pull something like that, so beautifully. Surely, you must have a public relatlions
    dept. Also, get the word out on social media. Start publicising WFMT!

  • Kathleen Larkin

    My cat, Jazzie, was just on lap and when the birds in the concerto started up she went to speaker quite confused. The curious look was adorable.

  • Jim Wearne

    This morning – November 25th, I heard, on WFMT, a harpist playing a “Theme and Variations” of “Oh, Christmas Tree” (Or maybe it was “O Tannenbaum.”)
    I have been listening to WFMT since the early 1970s (been on it a couple of times, too, once as a guest on Studs Terkel) and remember many things. One thing that I remember very fondly (with moist eyes and aching heart, in fact) is the rule, now, apparently in abeyance or perhaps desuetude, of “No Christmas Music Before Beethoven’s Birthday.”
    Oh, how I miss that rule.
    (I also miss the “No Opera In The Morning” rule – and yes it did exist – but that’s another matter.)
    Jes’ sayin’ is all……

  • Martin

    Is something wrong with the station audio? It’s normally excellent but today sounds very thin and brittle with overly aggressive compression and even some peak distortion.

  • Phil

    This is my first visit to chime in-I only thought I’d read comments, but after all the critical comments about Miss Nance, I decided to my comments in. I’m 62 and have listened to wfmt and wnib for about 48 of those years except while in madison or at my vacation home in southeast wisconsin. And upon first hearing Miss Nance I thought Wow!! A classical announcer with enthusiasm and spark. Every announcer has their own style and she has her style. Not everyone has to sound dry academic erudite borderline boring. That has it’s place and I’m ok with that too. But a breath of new fresh air is what some of you need. So open up to a new day. Smart phones and computers didn’t exist years ago and neither did classical music announcers with her “gushing” enthusiasm. I hope Miss Nance reads this and knows she has at least this listener enjoying her style. I hope to be listening to her for years to come. I’m glad I went further into the wfmt website today than just to see the schedule.

  • Jacquot

    And a very happy Thanksgiving to Carl Grapentine as well. We miss you, and get well!

  • Ann

    Love the Marin Marais you just played. Thank you!

  • rossiniamerica

    Thank you WFMT for the Armida broadcast with intermission features. For listeners who would like the program book associated with the opera, please visit, the website of the American Friends of the Rossini Opera Festival who participated in the interviews from Pesaro

  • Ann

    Thank you for the recent Mahler 9 with Tilson-Thomas! I feel I haven’t heard enough Mahler from you lately an I certainly enjoy it when I do!

  • sally

    what happened to the morning business report? it seems to be gone — please bring it back! give up a few of those medical ads if necessary …….

  • janeyurtis asks “Why does the stream cut out now & then? I live in a valley in the mountains where the river runs north. Any ideas?”

  • Seabiscuit

    While I love, or at least like, most classical music, there are some compositions that I absolutely hate, like Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” Are you with me?

  • ChiLynne

    Yuck – more show tunes and gooey romantic stuff. I listen to WFMT to do my best to avoid this. That and the ever-so-sensitive commentary.

  • Lois

    Thank you so, so much for the beautiful Advent Voices program of Lynn Warfel. Is is possible to get a complete program listing of this program? It is one of the best things you broadcast on WFMT.

  • Peggy

    Thank you for the wonderful week of Viola on Exploring Music. We are thoroughly enjoying it.

  • Jeridith Nixon

    What happened to Carl? He was there on first day of Pledge Drive when I
    ordered the cup. I have to be up early to get to hear The Morning Program.

    Jeridith Nixon

  • Roger Dobrick

    I’m listening to your 128K Stream on Thursday, 12/11. There are frequent dropouts, which I suspect may be caused by problems on your end. The 48K feed sounds fine.

  • Sharron Andresen

    Thank you for the Beethoven piano sonatas. Could this be an annual tradition in future years?

    Sharron Andresen

  • Rick Saviano

    OK, I only have about 62 years of anecdotal information and an Italian grandmother who loved Rossini, so I have to ask – When did the pronunciation of his first name change from “Jocko-Moe” to “Geo-Seemo” as I just heard this morning (is it Kerry Frumkin filling in for Carl today)? The first time I heard this “new” pronunciation was when I heard Suzanne Nance a few months ago.

  • Alex

    Thank you so much for playing the Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Piano! I just played it for my junior recital this past October at Lawrence University and it was a joy to hear it again.

  • Getting Frustrated

    Oh for heavens sake…it’s not The Dance of the Sugar Plum “Fairies”! There’s only one of them…always has been, always will be. And re: yesterday’s broadcast, since when did Fredierica von Stade lose the final “e” in her name? Come on Ms. Nance, I know this is nit-picking, but it’s pretty basic stuff. We like LEARNING from FMT, not hearing so many elementary mistakes.

  • Robert Brito

    Hello, Ms. Nance, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enjoying the music: Leontine Price and Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of quintessentially religious songs, Ave Maria and O’ Holy Night. I am really confounded by the constant downplaying of the Christmas terminology radio hosts are currently using. It is a Christmas Holiday, not a plain old, common, quotidian, ephemeral holiday season. Please, stop the political correctness and use the terms that befit the Christmas season.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Suzanne.
    By the way, the streaming is excellent. I am in my painting studio (located in my converted garage) listening to these glorious tunes. Temperature about 75 F. Thank you.
    By the way, I lived in Northwest Indiana and Chicago for 25 years, before coming to South Florida. I was an assiduous WFMT listener.

  • Paul

    Valpo music rocks,,,these guys and gals are great.

  • Sharon

    Great programming tonight – Love the Early Christmas Music! Sublime.

  • Esther Murphy

    Thank you, Lisa for Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree. My husband and I were just this morning wondering why we hadn’t heard it this year, and we were afraid that with Carl’s being AWOL we weren’t going to hear it this year. So Lisa, you saved our Christmas! Thanks, and by the way, happy belated birthday to you as well.

  • Janet E. Alexander

    It surprises me that you have ended Christmas-tide music. The season has not really ended.

  • Marvin

    The Four Last Songs sung by Anna Netrebko: too harsh; too brittle; too operatic; too Russian! The
    only 2 for a collection: Elisabeth Schwarzkoph and Rene Flemming!

  • pinkypink

    If you have to lead with “the following is a paid advertisement and doesn’t reflect views of station” better to just skip it. What’s with “the stop population growth” ad? Disturbing to say the least. Also all those cancer treatment center ads make me cringe.

  • Roger Dobrick

    Thanks for playing du Pré’s Elgar Concerto! I had forgotten that it was a “live” recording. It was beautiful. So sad that she died so young.

  • Jim Axtell

    I just wanted to add that we miss Carl Grapentine in the morning, and hope he’ll be back as soon as he’s able.

  • Lindsay

    Susanne, I love your show. I’m so glad you are on WFMT. Thank you.

  • St

    Had to laugh remembering 40 years ago trying to get the radio tuned so we could listen to TMS as I spent this year trying to get my wifi to work so I can listen now.

  • Michael Cooper

    I miss Norm and Ray.

  • Chuck McCall

    Until recently, the detailed, running playlist on the Through the Night with Peter Van De Graff program was provided if one clicked on the “Schedule” link. This was (is) something I valued highly and referred to constantly while listening to this outstanding radio program. I hope this situation is just temporary, as clicking on the newly-appearing link “Playing this hour” link doesn’t result in the playlist appearing.

  • Melinda

    I just have to say how wonderful this station is, particularly Carl Grapentine. Most particularly the week before Christmas. I lived in Chicago for 25 years, mourned WFMT when I moved to NYC. NYC just doesn’t compare, not at all, in either musical selection or the interest of the programs. I recently moved to Florida and now can listen every day on my internet radio. I’m so thrilled! Mr. Grapentine, you are not allowed to retire, as I can’t lose you again!

  • Marc

    what was the piano music on today just before the 4 PM hour ? – thanks

  • GoldenAger

    Daring to say how much I enjoy Peter van de Graff in the morning.

  • GoldenAger

    Daring to say how much I enjoy Peter van de Graff mornings.

  • Roger Dobrick

    Re: “Plasir D’Amore” on Elvis’s birthday: “Love me Tender” is the same melody as “Aura Lee.”

  • Roger Dobrick

    Reading many of the earlier posts here reminds me of the days when I used to be a purist. Maybe I still am, but I’ve learned to back off, at least I hope so.

    But it does bring to mind an old Ogden Nash verse.

    The Purist

    I give you now Professor Twist,
    A conscientious scientist,
    Trustees exclaimed, “He never bungles!”
    And sent him off to distant jungles.
    Camped on a tropic riverside,
    One day he missed his loving bride.
    She had, the guide informed him later,
    Been eaten by an alligator.
    Professor Twist could not but smile.
    “You mean,” he said, “a crocodile.”

  • Eileen Wallace

    A clever, slightly humorous winter morning song : Dance of the Penguins by Joy Fiona Hawkins….

  • Eduard

    Hi – I enjoy classical music but know very little about it, so I am especially grateful for the variety of music on WFMT and the knowledgeable announcers who explain it. However, am I missing something about the songs performed by cats (or cat sound effects)? Is this a traditional thing that I don’t understand? Frankly, I change the station each time this stuff comes on! Please explain.

  • Ann

    Thanks for the WINTERREISE, Lisa Flynn, that I’m hearing now. My fav song cycle!

  • GP Royer

    Lisa. love your voice and your work. Winter Reise was sehr schlecht!!!!!!!worst ever.

  • David R.

    As WFMT goes over the top in memorializing Vera Gornostaeva, who no one at the station ever heard play, or even knew of until a year and a half ago, I must have missed the tributes and praise for a great American pianist and teacher, Frank Glazer, who died last week just short of his 100th birthday, with performances still planned. Perhaps Mr. Glazer went unknown at WFMT also, and lacked a station favorite like Vassily Primakov to bring him to their attention.

    • Candice Agree

      Dear David, Please know that I share your admiration of Frank Glazer, a professor at Eastman for whom I auditioned to study there. You’ll hear h this Saturday morning inusic of Poulenc. Best, Candice

  • Jeannette Schmidt

    Vera Gornostaeva’s recording of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto rekindles this familiar work.

  • Michael

    This version of Romeo and Juliet by Vera is wonderful. This is some of my favorite new found music, both in Symphony, CSO, and especially Piano, Feltsman. Her interpretation is so clear and the sensitivity and phrasing is just Beautiful. Sound is well balanced and very clean. This is extraordinary! Is this recording available for Purchase? I would buy it in a minute! I am a subscriber to CSO Piano series and she is one of the best Pianists I have ever heard. Thank You for Sharing this!
    Michael Rhein

  • Fed up

    Volare? You must be joking.

  • Paul

    Is it possible that soft footballs are the work of Deflater Mouse.

    • A. Reis

      Love it!

  • A. Reis

    This is for Peter Van de Graaf: Peter, I heard you mention within the last hour that Carl Grapentine is returning on Monday (Yay!!!!!!) and that we listeners would have to put up with you on the Morning Program for one more day. What????? ‘Put up with you’???? Well, this is coming from just me, but frankly, to my mind you’ve been a wonderful steward of the Morning Show for these weeks while Carl’s been away. I’ve had a good time listening to your nine-hour (wink!) air shift. I’m hoping that all of us, you, me, Lisa and the rest, get to retire together in, say, about 2030. I would call that a wonderful life!

  • bob

    get rid of that bad folk music stick to classical really

  • Jacquot

    Cannot wait for Carl’s return tomorrow. Many thanks to all who did yeoman’s duty substituting, but sorry, there is no one like carl to lead the 5:58 club!!!!

  • Brian Carson

    If Carl makes it to work in this weather, I think Radames Triumphal March would be in order!

  • Bonnie Boersma

    Good to hear Carl back on the radio this morning but…what a day to return!
    Bonnie Boersma

  • rwz

    welcome back, carl! your broadcasting partners did a great job but its so good to hear the 558 club back!
    hoope you are feeling well and healthy

  • Jan

    Welcome back Carl. Mornings are not the same without you. Christmas was not the same without you. I hope that 2015 brings you good health.

  • Mary Jane

    Nice to hear Carl back on the radio this morning.

  • diana

    so glad Carl is back!

  • What’s with the Christmas music on February 2? I am very against it and have turned the station.

    • Rev Know-it-All’s ward

      Feb 2 actually marks the official end of the Christmas season. According to the Roman calendar, Ordinary Time doesn’t officially begin until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which isn’t until February 2nd in the canonical calendar. For those who remember the 50s and 60s, it was once very common to see this day selected for various initiations–particularly Baptism and especially in Countries like Italy. I’m not suggesting that this is a good time for The Holly and the Ivy, but a slight nod is the sort of things for which WFMT used to be renown. An a-ha moment, if you will, for its cultured listening base.

  • A. Reis

    Just heard Carl in The Morning Show break the sad news of Andrew Patner’s passing. First thought: how can Andrew possibly be replaced? I’m at a loss. WE are at a loss. Both my wife’s and my hearts and prayers go out to all those who were privileged to know, work with, and love him. A. Reis

  • roger zanchetti

    r.i.p. andrew patner, a loss for wfmt and the city

  • RustyEggleston

    Steve Robinson did a good job remembering Andrew last night on Chicago Tonight. It had to have been a difficult thing to do considering what Steve had been through in the past 24 hours, but I appreciated his sharing the sorrow with us. Thank you, Steve. Andrew was in health and enjoying family on Saturday and was gone 72 hours later. I will miss him.

  • Lauren K.

    Hello, It is February 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon. You have just played what sounded like a Gregorian chant. Will you please tell me the name of the group and the album so that I can purchase this beautiful music. Thank you, and thank you for public radio, the service you provide, and the quality and respect with which you provide it.

  • George MASON

    Now that Carl is back and hopefully will stay put, I want to say a special thanks to Peter. In the early days he did Tuesday marathon. Ending his “through the night” and picking up Carl’s “Morning”, then the Opera at 8 pm and “Through the night” at Midnight. That’ dedication. THANKS.

  • nancy kroeger

    So happy to have Carl back with his wonderful sense of humor – – – beginning with
    the solution to the deflated football scandal – – – “de flatermaus”. Thank you Carl.

  • Mark Gaines

    WFMT was my local station during college. We are lucky to have two here in North Carolina, WDAV & WCPE. This building has poor radio reception, lots of concrete and steel. I listen while doing my work on the computer, setting up clinics. Be thankful, many areas lack classical music. Keep it up, this night shift is much better with the music.

  • Audrey Riggen

    good morning Carl, today is February 11th happy birthday to you, today is my birthday also. I’m enjoying your musical favorites. have a good day.
    Audrey R.

  • Matthias

    It is my bosses birthday today, and I just learned somebody else’s birthday, too! Nice coincidence

  • Giaccomo Filestre

    Matthew Davidson…hmmm…there have to be better recordings of Grateful Ghost out there.

  • Mimi

    Happy Birthday Carl! Glad that you have recovered from surgery and are back! I especially loved the gentle…yes, “sublime”… four-minute Mozart composition this morning.

    Peter did a wonderful job on the Morning Show while Carl was absent, and I marveled at his energy and ability to do two on-air shifts in succession. Each host has a lot of knowledge to offer listeners. Thank you!

    And to the complainers with jack hammers: there is a genteel way to critique without being insulting and hurtful; try being polite and kind… in keeping with the spirit of WFMT

  • Robb Clark

    What a treat…Thank you Dave Schwan, I remember reading that Myra Hess gave piano lessons to Ivy Brubeck, mother of Dave Brubeck. Dame Myra Hess certainly has a way of show casing any other performer that had the privilege of playing with her!

  • Robb Clark

    WFMT..Thank you as well, Mr. Dave Schwan is always wonderful to tune in to, he has to be one of the best when it comes to classical knowledge, I’m always thrilled to hear him!

  • jessiekitty

    MOST of the time you are all incredibly accurate in pronouncing names, titles, places, etc. that are in other languages, and I’m very impressed.

    This afternoon (2-18-15, around 2:00) some music by Jean Françaix was broadcast (nice!). However, his name was mispronounced several times. There is a great free website where you can hear hundreds of thousands of words (including names) pronounced by native speakers: And here is their entry for Jean Françaix (this is especially for you, Ms. Nance):

    Thanks. Merci!

  • W

    Thank you very much, WFMT, for celebrating Chinese New Year with us today. We enjoyed very much the special program. As usual, we appreciate the program every day.

  • Gretalee

    I absolutely love WFMT. Two requests; Could you broadcast or replay “Baroque and Before” at an earlier hour sometimes? And could you play more Mahler symphonies? I hardly ever see them listed in the Program Guide or hear them on the air. Thank you for this inspiring station.

  • Michael Silhavy

    Does anyone at WFMT have any idea how many times excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet have been played since the November pledge drive? I love the 20th century Russian repertoire, but enough already! (And I second the comment from jessiekitty below; there’s no need to mispronounce a name like Jean Francaix.)

  • Jacquot

    For musicians under th age of 30 who armaking a difference in the world of music: Nathan Laube, intnational concert organist, outstanding iproponent of early music performance practice in multiple styles and genres, professor of organ at Eastman School o music

  • Bruce J. Nelson

    Lisa, I sent a message on the “contact form,” but don’t know how often that gets checked. I notice that the Apollo Chorus concert on March 7 is not listed on the Chicago Classical Calendar. It is at Rockefeller Chapel and has music by Britten, Lauridsen and Schubert. Could you forward this message marked “urgent” to the proper person? Thanks.

  • Francisco Sanchez

    Good Morning,
    Hello, I’m Francisco M Sanchez III, and I’m a United States Marine, and native Chicagoan stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I have always listened to WFMT and I’m glad that I can continue to do so via the live stream. I’m a Clarinetist in the Marine Corps Band out here, and I was wondering if you could possibly play some pieces performed by Martin Frost. I’d Greatly appreciate it, I know my fellow Marines and bandsmen would as well.

    Lance Corporal Sanchez
    III Marine Expeditionary Force Band
    Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

    • RustyEggleston

      Semper Fi, Devil Dog. Thanks for your service! Let’s send some Martin Frost music to Okinawa!

  • Ann Raven

    Kerry Frumpkin, I loved your interview with Sir Andrew and I am amused by your readings of the weather forecasts. I detect an ironic undertone there tho perhaps I am wrong? I enjoy your work and choices of music! Thanks! Also, this new program that Suzanne Nance has announced about musical signatures and emotions that they evoke. Sounds fascinating. Looking forward to it. Just to say that I try never to miss Saturdays, ending with Seth Boustead and contemp. music. Love the places he visits “out in the field”. WFMT is a jewel. I think all of the hosts are wonderful. I am glad that you are continuing with Andrew Patner’s broadcasts. He is irreplaceable. Thanks for all you do.

  • Dick Jaws

    Who was Andrew Patner playing Monday night 3/2/15. Jazz guitar but missed the name.

  • Frances Vandervoort

    Is Suzanne Nance’s “Signatures” program available at another time than 6 PM? We always watch Ch. 11 News Hour at that time, but I personally would love to get the Signatures program at another time!


    Fran Vandervoort
    Hyde Park

  • Ann

    I have to say that I enjoy some of the ads. The funniest ones advertise Cahill Plumbing. Although I am not within their radius (the North Shore), if I were, I would use them just because of the ads! Trader Joe’s has funny one as well.

  • Joe Tursi

    Congratulations on playing so many popular arias . In fact congratulations on simply arias!! I can’t understand why other classical stations don’t. WTMI in Phila.PA for example.

  • Joe Tursi

    Before criticizing WFMT, one should sample a few other major classical stations.

  • spacedust49

    Hi Candice. Love that you are doing a “Pi Show”. Please note that at 9:26:53, the date and time will be Pi to ten digits; 3.141592653.

  • Janet E. Alexander

    My goodness that was one of the most insensitive renditions of the Chopin F# Barcarolle I’ve ever heard!! Please don’t play it again!!!!

  • Janet E. Alexander

    Just heard it a few min. after 9am saturday 14th. Love this station, but….

  • Janet E. Alexander

    Oddly I’ve also noticed a much greater variety of classical music played on Sirius XM radio on their classical station. Hmmmm.

  • Phil G

    From my time living in Chicago in the late ’90s to the present, WFMT is still one of my favorite radio stations. I now listen online (as sketchy internet permits) from the southernmost coast of the African continent, in the beautiful city of Knysna, South Africa. Keep on keeping on, you wonderful old station.

  • Agnes

    I really enjoy enjoyed Eric Owens new program. The van Otter recordings were scrumptious. I look forward to more great music on his show.

  • Shel81

    1. your streaming over the web is inferior to other classical music stations (KUSC, K-Mozart). 2. Entirely too much singing. I do hope your new crop of listeners cottons to all the singing and I hope your audience increases but us old folks are turned off by the amount of vocal programming and the presentation of “new” music. The atonal stuff is just awful. 3. Jazz and popular genres should be kept to a minimum – other stations do so much of it there is not a need to do more in this area. Love Bill McLaughlin and his analysis – a real treat. Love the NYPhil, CSO … Perhaps you could also give some air time to local groups (Evanston Symphony, SVSO. Northbrook). We do Ars Viva and MOB and they are great and I know you promote them. We just hate all the singing (the Mozart operas excepted).

  • Bruce Oltman

    Thanks, Lisa, for playing Monteverdi at 10. It was just what I needed.

  • Tulsa Listener

    I’m sorry to say this, but I now make a point of switching the station whenever The Gusher, AKA Suzanne Nance, inflicts her suger-sweet voice on the programming. And now I’m subjected to her with her insipid ads for the “Signature Series.” She is SO wrong for WFMT. I have always enjoyed WFMT’s straightforward, non-nonsense announcers, and now she’s being foisted upon us. What marketing person told you that it was necessary to dumb down our beloved WFMT with this pablum? Please, find someone more suited to WFMT’s status. You’re better than this idiot.

    • RustyEggleston

      This comment and hateful name calling from an anonymous poster is so unbecoming and not reflective of the class and grace one expects of a WFMT listener.

  • ITunes

    As a subscriber, of course I feel we’re fortunate to have WFMT, but I have to start listening to iTunes on the way home. The Unrush Hour used to be so great, but in the past year or so the programming has grown increasingly disappointing…20 mins of Sondheim today. Not my cup of tea.

  • Cheryl B

    I have heard information about The Signature Series that you have been broadcasting at 6 pm every evening. Unfortunately I cannot listen at that time. Will you be replaying it again at a different time? Or is it available for purchase?

  • Florence Connelly

    Loved loved the “black swan ” after Brahms – wow ! How doe you spell Bright Chang ?
    Thanks so much for playing this !! Of course, love the Intermezzo always …
    Florence Connelly

  • Jacquot

    Carl, thanks so much for that reminder of Mel Zelman

  • David

    Starting today I am hearing the station being identified with a sub-title “HD-1”. Does that mean that there is a digital signal now? If I fire up that 7 year old HD radio of mine will I find HD-2? Is HD technology finally up

    to WFMT’s high standards?

  • Ann Raven

    This is for Seth Boustead. I heard you mention John Bonham yesterday on Relevant Tones. There is an HD broadcast of clips from Led Zeppelin tomorrow in theaters and you inspired me to attend this just to hear Bonham! I thought that he sounded super in the short piece you played. Thanks!

  • Grayson Chan

    It’s a wonderful radio station, but the Signature Series is *really* childish and dumbs things done terribly. Please take it off the air! It’s excruciating.

  • Judy

    Thank you, Thank you, for acknowledging the spiritual & religious significance of these holy days, Passover and Easter, through your meaningful and entertaining programming.

    • William

      Now if they could only do the same for Saturnalia.

  • Paul

    I would like to know ‘Who Killed the Morning Business Report”! !! It was and remains more interesting to me than the multiple repeats of the same weather report. Shortly after it’s disappearance the “Market Update” was missing too. I assumed all kinds of things, only to be relieved, when a new announcer, C.
    Agree, actually reported a market update during the 9:00 A.M. news. Alas, it’s return has been greatly exaggerated.

  • P Reinie

    I think you should set aside a month where each day of the month plays music written by the first name of the composer. Because months have more days than alphabetic characters, maybe two days would handle Aaron/Antonio/Amy/Anton/Andreas/Andre… and two days for Claude/Carl… and two for Johann/John/Joseph… and Ludwig/Luigi… and Peter/Pyotr/Paul… and Richard/Robert/Rodger… Not sure of composers with first names starting with Q. Quenten/Quincy ?? And of course you have to mind the birthdays in that month!

  • Ann M. Bradford

    Good morning –
    I’m writing in today, as a relatively new Chicagolander, to say how impressed I am by your pledge drive. I pledged yesterday and normally I would tune to another station during pledge week but you have me hooked! Each time you offer a gift for pledging I learn more about the cultural milieu of Chicago, all of the resources available out there, and the people who keep culture alive in our city. I’m keeping a notebook by the radio! Thank you for keeping it relevant and interesting and THANK YOU for continuing to insert your regular music program into the schedule. The short pieces you are playing are wonderful! – Ann, in Wilmette

  • Linda

    Missed “With Heart and Voice” this morning. What happened?

  • Frank

    What happened to the whimsy, humor and fun of the old fundraisers? There used to be competitions for contributions between cat lovers and dog lovers. Then there was the no sopranos before 9:00 a.m. contribution category.

    What WFMT has now is a painful combination of a visit to the dentist’s office and an elementary school teacher warning us how utterly useless our lives will work out if we don’t commit the multiplication tables to memory.

    All the hectoring about how empty our lives would be without WFMT book ended by the talk show format of testimonials in a similar vein really take the fun out of listening to the music.

    Can you all imagine what the iconic likes of Bernie Jacobs, Rita Jacobs Willens, Studs Terkel, and Norm Pelligrini would say about the current fundraiser format?

    Studs could turn the testimonials into a book. Better yet, Mike Nichols and Elaine May could turn them into a comedy skit: How listening to WFMT kept me off drugs, out of jail but only occasionally out of the therapist’s office.

  • fluffyross

    glorious, glorious arias today. I wept again listening to the King of the high C’s, missing his voice and his life.

  • Unhappy listener

    Seriously? You’ve spent weeks asking for money to support classical music and then assault my ears with Barry Manilow. I hate un-rush hour. It stresses me hear show tunes, ancient pop music, and movie scores that I’d be embarrassed for anyone to hear if they wandered into my office.

  • Linda

    I love wfmt, and even though I live in DC, I stream wfmt during the day while I work. I don’t understand, though, why you just played that “All By Myself” song… it is an odd choice, and I just can’t stand the whole thing. MUTE. You could just play Carl Grapentine’s voice reading the lyrics, and it would still be weird, but at least I’d keep listening! And is this the longest version of the song that has ever existed?? Please don’t let whomever played this make any more out-of-the-box decisions on content!

  • Tom Wargin

    Re: recycling classical music: True, The Lone Ranger theme does recycle Rossini’s William Tell Overture but, as a child of the 1940s I became acquainted with the Lone Ranger on the radio before the TV show. So when Spike Jones also recycled the overture, much more of it, perhaps the whole thing, it was familiar to me.

    But the recycling by the Lone Ranger in which I have been most interested is not the William Tell but rather Les Preludes by Franz Liszt, which I heard on FMT while I was sitting at my computer and looked up Les Preludes and found confirmation that it was also used om TLR, not as a main theme but I feel as a theme during extended chase scenes.

    Tom Wargin
    A WFMT fan since 1957 who regrets the years between ’84 and now when I couldn’t listen.

  • Tom Wargin

    Re: Show Tunes: They have been a staple on WFMT since its beginning. I can still hear in my head snippets of songs from West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate which I first heard on FMTback in the late 50s and early 60s.

  • Jonathan Rosner

    Wishing Carl bon voyage for his trip to Paris – listening from Haifa

  • Tim Cornillie

    I am a recent convert to classical music, and now listen to WFMT with the same excitement I had for rock when I was a teenager. Wednesday, I got in my car and identified Karl’s Mass for Peace, something I was unfamiliar with only months ago. I appreciate the variety of music, and the educational set ups before many pieces.

  • Greg Wangerin

    ON THE “FAVOURITE SYMPHONIES” POLL – Agree with Jacqui: this list too limited. I had expected an opportunity to write in my own choices (at least 1). Whilst you’ve already offered 3 of Beethoven’s, for example, why his 3rd or 5th over his movingly lyrical 6th? Why those 2 over-worked above his majestic 7th, and its magnificent final movement & those soaring French horns?

    THAT SAID, thank you for this creative idea. I’m sure we all look forward to your few ‘surprise choices’.

    THANKS again; it’s fun to be included in WFMT’s great programming.

  • Edgar Reihl

    I do appreciate WFMT very much, but I would like to ask if it would be possible to reduce the amount of audio compression. It appears to have been increased dramatically in recent days. It’s especially annoying on piano music. Thank you.

  • Paul O’Toole

    I’m happy to hear the voice of Jan Weller again. I enjoyed his comment on the Movie Music section of the Morning Show on Mother’s Day. I hope we can hear him more often.

    • William

      More Jan Weller!!

  • Karen

    I am looking for someone who might be interested in some old 78 recordings, including at least 1 one-sided Caruso disc. I’m not sure if these have any value or are just junk. Can anyone help?

  • mark oram

    A fitting tribute to Jim Unrath, sitting in the driveway listening to the end of the Berg violin concerto- that must have been a complicated Angel.

  • Ray Morrow Jr.

    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of former host Jim Unrath.Back in the late sixties I worked the midnight shift at my local Park Forest Post Office distribting mail for the day’s delivery. I rigged up a portable radio to a pair of Radio Shack earphones and would be able to work at a high level while listening to Mr Unrath’s show.One night he played a vocal piece that just took my breath away! I had to know what it was, so took a chance , dialed 411 and got the station’s number and dialed it. Mr Unrath answered!! I quickly recovered and asked him what the piece was. It was Rachmaninov’s Vocalise sung by Anna Moffo with Leopold Stokowski conducting. Years later I bought a disc with that album on it. It’s the only time I ever called a radio station.

  • sophomore

    Re: Suzanne Nance’s comment regarding Allegri’s “Miserere” as a “Zen moment”: wrong denomination!

    • William

      When you’re a junior you’ll find that your skills in abstract thought become more highly developed.

  • Belton Fleisher

    I totally agree. In addition, a FULL WEEK of American composers only has caused us to turn to internet radio for our music.

  • William

    Yo WFMTketeers! As long as you’re playing more Phillip Glass how about something from Songs for Liquid Days or Songs from the Trilogy. It may help you get over your Aaron Copeland obsession.

  • Bruce Oltman

    I’m really enjoying the week of American music. For me, I’ve gotton to re-hear many of the 20th century works that are overlooked in the normal WFMT classical and romantic programming. Thank you.

    And BTW, it’s really to easy to turn off the show tunes, even on the Midnight Special.

  • Ann Raven

    Thank you, Kerry Frumkin, for the Ives!

  • Kelly

    Really liked listening to The Nerve. However, a lot of information right before bed time. I might have to stay up later to digest and process it all.

  • Ann Raven

    Thanks, this a.m. for the Ives organ piece and Adams’ Gnarly Buttons! Sometimes Ives reminds me of Spike Jones ( not this a.m. though). I cannot listen to I GOT ME A HORSE again but…that’s my problem!

  • Ann Raven

    Carl Grapentine, thank you for Ives 3 this morning + the comments by Stephen Alltop. My serious interest in Ives began when I won tickets to CHARLES IVES, TAKE ME HOME, from WFMT! Then, I read a recent biography of Ives by Stephen Budiansky called MAD MUSIC, Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel. So WFMT certainly helped expand my world, as it often has. Keep on keepin’ on. All of you hosts are imaginative in your programming, charming on the air and I don’t know what I would do without you!

  • Ann Raven

    Hey! I just had an idea. Who is more American than Pete Seegar? I hope we will be hearing his voice during this 4th of July weekend!

  • Paul O’Toole

    Without a doubt, today is the most boring Morning Show since Dennis Moore did Christmas about a dozen years ago and played almost no Christmas music

  • Ann Raven

    THANK YOU, Carl Grapentine, for celebrating Mahler’s 155th. Mahler is my favorite composer and Thomas Quasthoff, just now, is a gift from Heaven!

  • Joe Sinopoli

    I really loved the contemporary classical last week, thank you.

  • William

    French Music Day is sure a lot nicer than American Music Week.

  • Ted C. Fishman

    Hi Suzanne. Thanks for playing the lovely arrangement of The Windmills of Your Mind. The tune was first used in movies in the original Thomas Crown Affair in 1968, and the use by Sting in the remake was tribute to an already famous score.

  • Ann Raven

    Wow! 2 pieces by Marin Marais today and Domingo singing the Marseillaise! I like this!

  • Ann Raven

    I very much miss RELEVANT TONES on Saturday afternoons. Please return it to its old spot. I learned so much about contemporary musical trends and appreciate Seth’s adventurous enthusiasm and expertise. Latin American music, too has been consigned to a time when I am turning OFF the radio to get ready for evening activities (Elbio Bartlari). And now, maybe the Unrush Hour can be more as George Preston and, lately, Kerry Frumkin, envision it. One or two longer pieces with less chatter. Once in a while, perhaps, a complete Mahler symphony may appear? Thanks. Just my opinions…..

  • Ann Raven

    Enjoyed hearing the Patner/Denk conversation last night. Thanks!

  • Sunny Stiklius

    Where, oh where, is Gustavo Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra when you need them to play the Danzon No, 2?!?! I could tell immediately that it was not them ;(,

  • Ann Raven

    Kerry Frumkin, thanks for that brilliant Solti/ Mahler 5 yesterday. Walking past the radio, I heard …Mahler symphony…” so I sat down immediately to listen! And Carl Grapentine, this a.m. I enjoyed hearing the Welsh pieces. Such a beautiful language. And the “festivals” series! Can’t wait to hear all of them! Thanks.

  • christine stech

    Its very annoying. I’m in texas listening to live streami g on internet and there is now no music! I remember when iwas in chicago and listening on radio, there would be times when there was dead air. Are the disc jockeys falling asleep or what!!!!

  • Phil

    Sorry that Suzanne Nance is leaving. I’ve been a wfmt listener since the late 70s, and she was my favorite announcer. At least I can use the internet to listen to her at her new portland Oregon station. I liked her enthusiasm and music selections. When I looked at the demographics of portland and it’s commute times, I fully understand why she would leave. 45% of adults over 25 with bachelor degrees!! If I didn’t have a vacation home on Lake Michigan in wisconsin I’d think about moving to portland too!

  • Buz_Murdock

    Been enjoying Suzanne Nance’s shows these past months. Was disappointed to hear her announce Monday that this was her last week. Good programming etc.

    A year-and-a-half ago, I’d have been shocked to think I’d be sorry to see her go. In my opinion, she’s shown VAST improvement (in the hosting/ speaking aspect) since her start at WFMT.

    The best way to describe my response to any of her shows at her start here (Fall 2013??), and for weeks or months afterward, was “GAAAAAH!” and a leap for the dial. I would NEVER be posting this if I still felt that way; I would likely just hiss YESSSS and fist-pump, and feel glad, but not be mean-spirited and post some comment. My point is, I believe Suzanne Nance has evolved from what some other commenters have called “The Gusher” (same verb I thought whenever she spoke on-air back then) or “salad-dressing voiceover artist” or whatever. When she started I thought my afternoon WFMT listening sessions were R.I.P. Sometimes I’d listen to the music only to leap for the dial when the speaking started. At the time: “Fake”, gushy, over-emoting.

    I’m pretty sure I didn’t just “get used to it”. I’m pretty sure she honed, evolved, and improved immeasurably.

    And I’ve always enjoyed her programming choices, including film music, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, the classics, and more. And themes, like 3 (4?) different Dies Irae, etc. etc. And very tasteful choices in music programming when Nelson Mandela died. Etc. So her evolution from too-gushy-and-artificial to endure (for me– and apparently for some others) to– to ENJOYABLE, and professional, and WAAAAAAAAAY more natural than before… Well, it’s appreciated, as it allowed me to keep up my WFMT indulgence WHEN I want, including afternoons– and it’s heartening when a person grows professionally.

    ANYWAY, in summation: You’ve done a good job. You cut away all– or so many of (who cuts away “all”?) of the “things that don’t look [sound] like a good radio announcer” [“/horse / elephant/ David”, depending on which quote] to become someone whom, here in Summer 2015, I shall actually miss. Unique and fun programming and a now personable vocal sound. And I liked the anecdotes too– whether about travelling on the el or to a wedding, or info about a piece or a composer.

    Thank you for your shows, your successful efforts to evolve and grow, and have a great Portland!

    -B., avid listener and musician

  • Pat from Kentucky

    i enjoy the show tunes from time to time. It makes for variety. Since I moved back here from KY, I listen only to WFMT except for a few exceptions, So show tunes, and the wonderful Saturday night folk music programs, make for variety.

  • Scott Ware

    Now that she has at last departed, I keep wondering whoever hired Suzanne Nance in the first place and why. She belongs where she was — in a small city that cannot support more than one NPR station playing classical music about 4 hours a day. Every time I heard her voice I thought of Clint Eastwood in “Play Misty for Me.” Poetry for the lovelorn in the wee hours.

    I can’t help but worry that hiring her was of a piece with the growing turn to show tunes and the growing size of the fund drive goals. I have similar concerns about Lyric Opera. We do not need more lavish Oklahoma’s. We need more Baroque operas.

  • William

    Yo WFMT! Do you ever update these comments? How I long for fresh whining from the musically pretentious but the same old comments are always here. Why don’t you just delete the ones over a few months old?
    PS I realize you’re Aaron Copeland obsessed but please refrain from playing the same Copeland piece more that two or three times in less than 24 hours.

  • William_Malone

    Listening from Connecticut, I was quite fascinated by Andrew Patter’s wide ranging and intelligent discussion this evening, the 17th, with Matthew Aucoin. I understand it will be archived on Patner’s blog, where I can listen to it again.

  • Judy Van Hanxleden

    As an all-day, every-day WFMT listener, I’m so thankful for the excellent announcers and programming offerings that are representative of this fine station. I’m especially appreciative of the “no jingles” advertising WFMT is committed to. However, without actually doing in-depth analysis, I’m sensing some troubling trends:

    More commercial announcements;

    Perhaps my imagination, but Carl Grapentine seems less personable, more “programmed;

    Do we really need to hear the weather report 3-4 times every 1/2 hour? Less weather, more music;

    More “teases” about upcoming program highlights. Very unnecessary! Especially the numerous announcements from Carl Grapentine throughout the day about the “5:58 club” programming for the following day. Bet this wasn’t Carl’s idea

    I hate to complain, but this is MY radio station, and as a loyal listener, it’s my responsibility to “Chime-In”
    now and then.

    Judy Van Hanxleden

  • llee

    Re: the Bernstein conducted West Side Story.
    In fairness, while having a Spaniard play the American, Tony; it should be equally unacceptable to have a Kiwi play the Puerto Rican, Maria. It’s still a fantastic recording, one to enjoy over and over.

  • The Other Bob

    I enjoyed the “Old Style” Gorecki composition Tuesday afternoon. I used to enjoy Old Style beer, too, but the IPAs are so, so, much better.

    Please consider playing Barber’s Elegy more frequently.


    On my iPhone 6 the WFMT app stops working within the hour.

    I than switch to Google and call WFMT and after several
    hours it stops working.

    I than switch Pandora that never stops working.

    Steve Jobs never trusted anyone. I am sure WFMT believes trusting their vendor is
    a better way.


  • Ann Raven

    Grazie tante for the Mahler 1 playing right now! Very exciting performance!

  • Walt

    Since Labor Day is in honor of laborers and their struggle for survival, I would love to hear that recognized today in music (Woody Guthrie?) and hear less about bands and football. This is especially true with the economic injustice in our country at this time. Thanks.

  • Penny McCreight

    Will the Muti concert at MP be broadcast on WFMT tomorrow night?

  • D Mues

    I’ve listened to the Midnight Special for over 30 years and have to say that I love it more and more. Saturday nights feel magical to me because of so much wonderful music and comedy I had no idea had existed before. Thank you! I can be all alone but feel that i’m in on a great party.

  • Rachel

    Good to have Dennis Moore back as an announcer.

  • Ann Raven

    Hey, I enjoyed your new host from New Zealand today! Nice to hear a different accent and he seems experienced, with a knowledge of classical music and a winning personality. Thanks!

  • Ryan Kats

    Can someone tell me the song that was played during the impromptu segment on 10/6/15, before the Nat King Cole cover?

  • Sunny Stiklius

    Who is the host subbing for Lisa Flynn this morning? I really like him.
    I also miss Mahler, Bruckner and the like.

  • 2sx

    What happened to the Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcasts? Am I just missing it somehow or was it discontinued on WFMT? It was one my favorite programs during the week.

  • Judy Davis Solomon

    Every time you play that spot for tomorrow’s Halloween morning program, with the scary sounds in the background, my cat perks up and looks at the speakers!

  • Martin Tangora

    I was trying to listen to the Earl Wild program, and every five minutes the stream crashes. I understand that there can be blips, but why is the stream completely lost each time? so that I have to click again on “listen live” and wait for the 20-second commercial. Don’t you have engineers?

  • ClassicalMom

    what was the name of the Marble & Granite business with the generous discount with membership?

  • Mark R. Vanderpoel

    Yesterday, during your news report, the on-air broadcaster referred to the terrorist in Paris as the “architect” of the assault. Could you please not use the word architect to describe killers, architects program the needs, design and prepare documents for construction of the built environment. I was offended by the correlation.
    Thank you.
    Mark Vanderpoel

  • A. Reis

    I am listening to Thomas Hanson’s “Song, Mirror of the world” right now, the episode on Forbidden Music (by the Nazis in the 30’s and 40’s). This is an awesome program on an important topic, featuring some beautiful and engaging music. James Conlon opened this conversation a couple of years ago at Ravinia, featuring music of excellent but forgotten composers who were unjustly suppressed by Hitler’s minions. It is high time that WFMT launch an ongoing program series on this. May I suggest that this topic be a fitting one for “Exploring Music”?

  • Michelle Summers

    It,s two days past Christmas 2015 and your station continues to enthrall me with the diversity of your music and educational programs. I stumbled onto WFMT early in the 80’s at the end of an exhausting, frustrating workday, so I could be considered a relatively recent listener. I. especially enjoy Bill McLaughlin,s programs and Lisa Flynn’s New Releases. This past month, alone, I have been introduced to Jordi Savall’s “Diaspora Safardi” and tonight, the Rose Ensemble’s “Rose In Winter” concert from Minneapolis. Both have been around quite a while but unknown to me. Thank you for being there and sharing such lovely musical experiences with me and others, who may be novices when it comes to purely classical music but certainly know what touches our hearts and souls.

  • Ray

    The day that David Bowie died, the afternoon show played a piano/violin version of “Let’s Dance.” It was wonderful. Who were the performers? Thanks, Ray.

    • Candice Agree

      Hi Ray. Candice Agree here. You heard Angèle Dubeau and La Pieta’s version of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” It was released on Analekta in 1999. Glad you enjoyed it!