WFMT Press Room

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2007

WFMT Radio Network to Syndicate The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts to 290 Markets

Local Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT begin Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Chicago, IL – New radio carriage figures released today by the WFMT Radio Network show that The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts will air in 290 domestic radio markets in addition to international markets served by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union when it starts airing this week. The series, rebroadcasts of performances from the 2006-07 season, begins airing this week with Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot.

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcast series will be heard in the country’s largest markets including WQXR in New York, KMZT in Los Angeles and KUSF in San Francisco. The series will also air on XM Satellite Radio channel 112.

“I'm absolutely delighted with the reaction this opera series has received and the sheer number of radio stations that will be carrying it,” said WFMT Radio Network Senior Vice President Steve Robinson. “The Lyric Opera of Chicago, with a generous grant from The Matthew and John Bucksbaum Families and General Growth Properties with matching funds in 2006-07 from Richard P. and Susan Kiphart, helped create the unprecedented 30-week opera season the WFMT Radio Network put together for 2007. With Lyric leading the way, the fact that station carriage in the United States, Canada and Europe is so high bodes well for future seasons.”

After a successful series of live opening-night local broadcasts that began in October, national audiences will soon also be able to enjoy the programs, which are hosted by WFMT’s Norman Pellegrini, Lisa Flynn, and Lois Baum and produced by Peter Whorf.

The broadcasts will reach a total audience of more than 20 million listeners. Following The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts, the WFMT Radio Network will syndicate Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera broadcasts before the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts resume in December.

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