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WFMT Chime In

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  • 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 . . .
    TNX

  • 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
    Chicago

  • 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
    Chicago

  • 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.