WFMT Press Room


For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2006

WFMT Radio Network offers expanded
New York Philharmonic Season

The New York Philharmonic and the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago have extended the Orchestra's national concert broadcast series, The New York Philharmonic This Week, from its current 39-week-per-year schedule to 52 weeks per year. The two-hour, weekly radio program of concerts by the New York Philharmonic is broadcast and syndicated nationally by the WFMT Radio Network and is currently in its second season. Under the new arrangement, the additional 13 weeks of broadcasts - which will air when the Orchestra is not performing in New York - will draw on the Philharmonic's extensive library of commercial recordings.

This broadcast series is syndicated nationally to more than 250 stations by the WFMT Radio Network. WFMT's Kerry Frumkin is the host; WFMT's Mark Travis is the broadcast producer; Jon Tolansky is the associate producer; New York Philharmonic Audio Director Lawrence Rock is the engineer and music producer. The concerts are available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org, for one week following the broadcast. The program is heard locally in the New York metropolitan area on 96.3 FM WQXR on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. [Check local listings]

"The New York Philharmonic, which this season is marking the 75th anniversary of its first live national radio broadcast, has been an almost continuous presence on national radio," said President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta. "We are thrilled to now be able to share our concerts with music lovers around the world every week of the year."

"I'm constantly amazed at the progressive stance taken by the New York Philharmonic and its forward-looking musicians," said Steve Robinson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WFMT Radio Network. "The New York Philharmonic is already heard more often than any orchestra on American radio, and now the riches of its remarkable and historic discography will be available to listeners everywhere. My hat is off to the Orchestra and the management of the New York Philharmonic."  

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The New York Philharmonic This Week is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation.

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The WFMT Radio Network, the international syndication division of award-winning Chicago classical music station 98.7 FM WFMT, produces and distributes these broadcasts nationwide. In addition to the New York Philharmonic broadcasts, WFMT syndicates concerts by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as ongoing series and documentary specials such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin and Leonard Bernstein: An American Life. The WFMT Radio Network also offers exclusive programming from Germany's Deutsche Welle Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and dozens of classical, folk, jazz, and news series, as well as specials to radio outlets around the world.
 
Host Kerry Frumkin, along with Mark Travis and Lawrence Rock, is responsible for the format of The New York Philharmonic This Week. Previously, Mr. Frumkin produced the nationally syndicated New York Philharmonic Live! for five years. A Peabody Award-winning producer, he is the afternoon drive-time host of WFMT, Chicago. He hosts and produces the station's weekly series of live studio performances, Live from WFMT, featuring soloists and ensembles from the Chicago area and across the nation, and is also the host and producer of summer broadcasts from the Ravinia Festival. For several years he hosted Rising Stars at Ravinia, which featured performances by up-and-coming artists. Mr. Frumkin hosted and produced the station's first live broadcasts from Colorado's Aspen Music Festival, and is the recipient of the Armstrong, Ohio State, San Francisco State Media, and International Radio Festival awards.

Mark Travis is a producer for 98.7 FM WFMT, Chicago, and the WFMT Radio Network. He produced the inaugural season of The New York Philharmonic This Week in 2004-05, and during the 2003-04 season was the producer for the monthly New York Philharmonic Live! radio broadcasts, syndicated by the WFMT Radio Network. Since joining WFMT in 1999, he has written and produced specialty programs for local and national broadcast, including the highly successful Berlin Philharmonic broadcasts, and has produced a number of commercial recordings for labels such as RCA/BMG, Naxos, Sony, and Bis. Mr. Travis, an accomplished singer and classical guitarist, has also written and produced a syndicated radio series of broadcasts by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, among numerous other projects.

Jon Tolansky, formerly a musician with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and with most of London's major symphony orchestras, is an award-winning broadcaster, lecturer, and writer on music performance, and an archivist of interviews with musicians.  He was the co-founder of the Music Performance Research Centre at the Barbican Centre (now Music Preserved, also at Trinity College of Music), an innovative organization for the archival recording, preservation, and study of public performances of music and interviews with musicians.  He now specializes in making documentary features on musicians for worldwide broadcast organizations, and has a particularly close association with the WFMT Radio Network, for which he has made in-depth interview documentaries about some of the world's most distinguished performers.  Some of these have been commercially issued in collaboration with recording organizations such as EMI and Universal Classics.

Lawrence Rock has been Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic since 1997, overseeing all of the Orchestra's audio activities, including recording, broadcasting, and live sound. He received a 2005 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Album as co-producer, with composer John Adams, for Mr. Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls, which also won two other Grammy Awards including Best Classical Album. The work, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's Great Performers, was recorded live during its World Premiere in September 2002 and released on CD in 2004, on Nonesuch Records. For the Orchestra's own recording label, New York Philharmonic Special Editions, Mr. Rock produced the Grammy-nominated
Sweeney Todd: Live at the New York Philharmonic, and the 10-CD set, Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic. He has produced live broadcasts and commercial recordings for some of the most prestigious performance organizations in the United States, and received a Grammy Award in 1997 for his work on a recording with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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