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For Immediate Release:

February 21, 2008

WFMT's Rich Warren Named Broadcaster of the Year by the North American Folk Alliance

Chicago, IL - Rich Warren, host of The Midnight Special, 98.7 WFMT's weekly celebration of folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, odds and ends, madness and escape, has been voted Broadcaster of the Year by the North American Folk Alliance. The announcement was made last night at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. This marks the third year of the Annual Folk Awards show, recognizing excellence by artists and businesses in the folk music industry.

Commenting on the honor, Warren said, "While the members of the North American Folk Alliance honored me with this award, I am most grateful to my listeners who invite me to share music with them every week, as well as to WFMT which allows me to continue the tradition of The Midnight Special."

Kicking off the 20th International Folk Alliance Conference, the Folk Awards were presented to honor merit and achievement within the field.

"In my 40 years in radio, I've never met anyone who works so hard on and with such devotion to a single program, said Steve Robinson, General Manager and Senior Vice President for Radio, 98.7WFMT and The WFMT Radio Network. "Rich deserves this high honor and distinction, and I know everyone at WFMT joins me in congratulating him on this singular achievement."

Warren is the fourth host of The Midnight Special, originally created by writer-director -humorist Mike Nichols in 1953. The program is heard each Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. on 98.7WFMT and through WFMT's enhanced web streaming at www.wfmt.com

The 2008 Folk Alliance Award Winners are:
*Song of the Year: Who's Gonne Build Your Wall? - Tom Russell
*Album of the Year: Waterloo, Tennessee - Uncle Earl
*Legacy Recording: The Live Wire - Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949
*Traditional Artist: Levon Helm
*Contemporary Artist: Susan Werner
*World Music Recording: Lorena McKenna
*Emerging Artist: Carolina Chocolate Drops
*Booking Agency: The Roots Agency
*Broadcaster: Rich Warren, WFMT
*Small Folk Venue: Café Lena and The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (tie)
*Large Folk Venue: The Ark
*Folk Festival: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

More information about The Midnight Special and all of the programming on 98.7WFMT is available at www.wfmt.com.

About the Folk Music Alliance:
The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, and related performing arts in North America. The Folk Alliance seeks to strengthen organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development. For more information about The Folk Alliance please go to www.Folk.org.

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