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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.

  • 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 Rossiniamerica.org, 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

    janeyurtis@yahoo.com 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?

  • http://batman-news.com 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 jayelnix@cox.net

  • 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.
    Saludos!!!
    robert