Candice Agree is a lifelong New Yorker who credits her father with instilling her love of music. As a broadcaster, she has served as host for Sirius Satellite, WQXR in New York City, and WETA in Washington, D.C. She has also been the voice of CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood since 1998 and is creator and host of The Spanish Hour, featuring music of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, in syndication since 2010. Candice loves to travel and find opportunities to practice her Spanish and Russian. Candice is the host and creator of WFMT’s early music series Baroque&Before (Thursdays at 10:00 pm). She hosts live concerts for WFMT, and presents music on weekday afternoons.
Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases on Sunday mornings and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.
Peabody Award-winner Kerry Frumkin is heard weekday afternoons on WFMT. He’s a regular host of live concert broadcasts including Live from WFMT (Mondays at 8:00 pm), concerts from Ravinia, and WFMT’s premiere visiting artist series, Impromptu. Kerry hosts many WFMT network broadcasts from such locations as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
WFMT Morning Program Host
Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other groups. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the “stadium voice” of the Michigan Marching Band for 44 seasons – his voice being heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. He also added the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium in 2006.
Dennis Moore joined the WFMT announcing staff in 1990 after being a regular listener to the station via cable during his ten years as music director of WMFE in Orlando, Florida. Dennis has worn many hats at WFMT: as program director, announcer, host of Music in Chicago, the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, concerts from Northeastern Illinois University, and special broadcast events including the Aspen Music Festival. Dennis also presents music on weekday evenings and on weekend mornings.
Dave Schwan hosts a number of broadcasts for WFMT including the PianoForte Salon Series and the Rush Hour Concerts. Dave is the Sunday morning news anchor at WGN radio, and can be heard around town singing in different choruses and giving pre-concert lectures. He plays Classical and Jazz trombone. A native of Highland, Indiana, Dave grew up listening to WFMT and attending concerts around the Chicago area.
Peter Van de Graaff
Chief Announcer and Program Host
Chief Announcer Peter van de Graaff joined the Beethoven Satellite Network in February 1989 after a year as one of the staff announcers on WFMT. He serves as overnight host on WFMT, a program heard on many radio stations across the United States. As a professional singer, Peter has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world including the Czech State Orchestra, and with the New Orleans, Utah, Colorado Springs, and San Antonio Symphonies. He also serves as host of the live Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.
Program Host/Producer The Midnight Special, Folkstage, and Sweet Folk Chicago
Rich Warren grew up listening to The Midnight Special; he became the show’s host in November of 1982. Since joining WFMT in June of 1974, Rich has recorded several hundred folk music concerts and produced and co-hosted the City of Chicago/WFMT Folk Music Festival. Rich also created and hosts Sweet Folk Chicago and Folkstage.