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      98.7WFMT to Broadcast Special Inauguration Day Programming

      Peter Whorf, Program Director of 98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, is pleased to announce that the radio station will devote Inauguration Day - Tuesday, January 20 - to a special slate of programming as follows:

      • American music by such composers as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein
      • President-Elect Obama's Inaugural Address, broadcast live
      • Broadcast of the musical elements from the ceremony, and exclusive pre-taped interviews with Inauguration Day performers Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill about their road to the ceremonies, plus some of their notable recordings
      • Call-ins from Chicago-area 98.7WFMT listeners attending the event, who will hopefully provide commentary on what they are seeing and hearing at this historic event. 98.7WFMT announcers will solicit the assistance of perspective participants in advance on the air
      • An opportunity for listeners to submit their suggestions, via email and voicemail, to the new President on ways to emphasize the importance of the arts to America’s cultural landscape, and how to promote increased funding for it.
      • "98.7WFMT is excited to participate in this national day of celebration that has special significance to the citizens of Chicago," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Robinson. "We hope to enhance the experience and provide a uniquely personal connection to this historic event for our listeners," he added.

      About 98.7WFMT
      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.  Listen to classical music anywhere via WFMT's enhanced streaming service, the station's programming is now available to a global audience.

      WFMT Media Contact:
      Holly H. Gilson
      98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
      (773) 509-5424

      WFMT Contact:
      Julia Maish
      98.7WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
      (773) 509-5551