WFMT Press Room


For Immediate Release:

May 2, 2007

98.7WFMT to Profile Country’s Top Arts Education Program

Chicago-Area Niles Township High School District 219, recipient of Kennedy Center Award, to be featured both on-air and online Thursday, May 3

Chicago, IL – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, will profile Niles Township High School District 219’s arts education program both on air and online Thursday, May 3rd during the 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm hour of Music with Kerry Frumkin and at www.wfmt.com. The Chicago-area district was recently recognized for having the top arts education program in the United States by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

“This is great news for the Chicago-area arts and music community,” said 98.7WFMT Program Director Peter Whorf, “and we think it’s important to report on achievements by all of our region’s cultural institutions – including the schools.”

Producers were sent to Niles North High School to interview both teachers and students about being singled out for the 19th annual Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association (NSBA) award, which was announced on April 17th, 2007 at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference in San Francisco.

According to the awards committee, the district demonstrates a strong commitment to the arts in each of four areas: Music, theatre, dance, and visual art. The committee also considered how the district collaborates with other community organizations.

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The interviews and profile will air in between regular afternoon music programming and will also appear on Peter Whorf’s online blog. A short preview of a conversation between Whorf, choir director Daniel Gregerman and school board president Bob Silverman is now available.

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