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98.7WFMT and Motorola Foundation Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial with Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered
Motorola Grant Program Awards WFMT $25,000 to produce new radio series
Chicago, IL – December 5, 2008 – 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, is pleased to announce that it will receive a $25,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation to produce and air Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered – an innovative radio series, hosted by 98.7WFMT Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner, that will provide a fresh perspective on our 16th President's life and career. Earlier this year, the Motorola Foundation awarded the public television station WTTW11 a similarly generous grant to produce the Abraham Lincoln in Illinois video segments that will be aired in celebration of Lincoln's bicentennial in 2009.
The goal of the Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered series will be to inform, educate, and entertain a broad range of listeners about different aspects of Lincoln's life and legacy. Included will be topics such as equality; slavery; religion; Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; Lincoln in Illinois; and Lincoln the writer. Each one-hour broadcast will be supplemented with readings from his writings by an actor and appropriate accompanying music. Program guests will include leading authorities, scholars, and authors—conversation will be serious but lively.
In developing the program, Andrew Patner and 98.7WFMT will work closely with Chicago area institutions such as the Chicago History Museum, the University of Chicago, Ravinia Festival, the Newberry Library, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others in organizing the roundtable discussions, curating the music, and developing additional special Lincoln programming for the 98.7WFMT audience.
The $750,000 Motorola Abraham Lincoln grant program funds projects developed by civic, education and cultural organizations that champion the lessons of Lincoln's life. Endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, this is the only corporate grant program that invites non-profit organizations from across the country to apply for support for their innovative programming to honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
"We are honored to partner with the Motorola Foundation on this important initiative," said Steve Robinson, Senior VP and General Manager of 98.7WFMT. "With the help of their generous support, we hope to provide our listeners—both locally and worldwide via internet streaming, with new insights on how Lincoln dealt with a multitude of sensitive and controversial issues, demonstrating how his ideas are still relevant today," he added.
"98.7WFMT has developed an exemplary program that will engage the community in what we hope will be an enduring conversation about the lessons of Lincoln's life," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. "All of our grantees have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of great leaders."
Motorola has demonstrated a long-standing dedication to funding innovative education programs. In 2007, Motorola and Motorola Foundation provided $11.1 million to support education initiatives. The company also seeks to foster connections between grantees and stakeholders to create a community devoted to enhancing education opportunities available to students around the globe.
98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force for more than 55 years, the station's appeal continues to widen. 98.7WFMT is currently serving the largest audience in the station's history. Via 98.7WFMT's enhanced streaming service at wfmt.com/streaming, the station's programming is now available to a global audience.
About the Motorola Foundation
The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information, on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorola.com/giving.
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