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Chime in: What’s on your mind?

  • 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

    Suzanne,
    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
    Maryland
    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!