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      Chicagoís 98.7WFMT Announces New Host

      Suzanne Nance to join the classical and fine arts radio stationís announcing team on October 1

      CHICAGO – July 15, 2013 – 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station, is pleased to welcome veteran broadcaster Suzanne Nance to WFMT’s announcing team.  She will serve as host of WFMT’s late afternoon-early evening drivetime shift from 4:00-7:00 pm weekdays, the timeslot formerly occupied by George Preston.

      Suzanne comes to WFMT from Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN, broadcasting out of Portland, Maine), where she served as music director and the host of the station’s Morning Classical Music program, and was also the creator, Executive Producer and host of MPBN’s Maine Arts! series on radio, television and the web.  Prior to her tenure at MPBN, she served as a host and producer for Aspen Public Radio in Colorado, where she provided special coverage of the Aspen Music Festival and School during the 2007 season.

      Suzanne formerly served as Professor of Voice on the faculty of the Cappelli Institute of Music in Chicago and regularly conducted master classes and seminars for young performers.  As a performer, she has most recently sung in Prague, Czech Republic; Chicago; Boston; New York; London; and Maine, appearing in operas such as Cosi fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, and Little Women.

      In recognition of her commitment to the arts and classical music, Suzanne was awarded 2006 and 2007 CAAP (Community Arts Assistance Program) Grants from the city of Chicago and is a past recipient of the David Leibig Memorial Grant.

       “We are delighted to welcome Suzanne back to Chicago, and to have the privilege of working with such a multi-talented, well-rounded, and experienced broadcaster,” said Steve Robinson, WFMT’S Executive Vice President for Radio and Project Development. “Her skill and artistry are in keeping with WFMT’s long tradition of excellence,” he added.

      MPBN’s President and CEO Mark Vogelzang joins with Robinson in singing Suzanne’s praises.  “All of us here in beautiful Maine know what a lovely and personable talent we’ve enjoyed listening to for the past six years, and as a native Chicagoan, I’m more than happy that WFMT listeners will have the same experience,” he stated.

      Suzanne’s first day as an official employee of WFMT will be October 1, 2013.


      About 98.7WFMT

      98.7WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country.  A broadcasting force for more than 60 years, the station’s appeal continues to widen.  Via the WFMT Radio Network and WFMT’s enhanced streaming service at wfmt.com/streaming, the station is currently serving the largest audience in the station’s history, with its programming available to a global audience. More information about 98.7WFMT is available at wfmt.com.

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