The WFMT Fall 2016 Membership Drive is in full swing and for the next three weeks it will be completely SILENT! When you tune in to WFMT on Thursday, October 20 through Thursday, November 10 your favorite programs, hosts, and music will not be interrupted – instead we will jump in with a few reminders about the importance of your support throughout the day. All gifts given through the silent drive help cut our on-air membership drive, beginning Friday, November 11, in half. With your help today we can cut our on-air membership drive down from 15 days to just eight days.

We’ve put together three new and exciting thank you gift packages at three popular giving levels to show our appreciation for your support during the silent drive. Check them out here.

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Featured Packages

Pledge now and we will send you

  • The first mug from WFMT’s new Pearl Fishers’ duet mug set (and keep an eye out for the second half, available only during the on-air drive)
  • Discovering a Legend: Vera Gornostaeva’s Chopin Piano Sonatas Volume 10 CD available only through WFMT
  • The new 98.7WFMT scarf

…all for your gift of $120!

Pledge now and as a thank-you for your support, you will receive

  • The new WFMT mug
  • Discovering a Legend: Vera Gornostaeva’s Chopin Piano Sonatas Volume 10 CD
  • The new 98.7WFMT scarf
  • The new fleece jacket

…all for your gift of $365!

Pledge now to the Bach to School program and we will send The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours CD set and an unlimited one-year subscription to the complete Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin online archive to a school! For your support, we will send you

  • The new WFMT mug
  • Discovering a Legend: Vera Gornostaeva’s Chopin Piano Sonatas Volume 10 CD
  • The new 98.7WFMT scarf
  • The new fleece jacket
  • The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours CD set

…all for your gift of $1,000! Do not miss out on this amazing offer.


earthbound-expeditions-logo-180-x-150Now through Thursday, November 10 only enter to win a once in a lifetime getaway to Holland and Belgium with WFMT host Peter van de Graff and his wife, Kathleen! Enter here. You do not need to give a gift to enter. You will also travel with legendary garden expert Dan Hinkley, and like-minded WFMT travelers for an exclusive 11-day leisurely small ship cruise through the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium with Earthbound Expeditions.

You’ll discover the quaint townsworld-class classical music, works by  Rembrandt and Van Gogh  and magnificent spring tulip gardens as you travel to Amsterdam, Arnhem, Historic Antwerp, Ghent, and Belgium’s best kept secret – charming Bruges and Utrecht.

The trip also features:

  • Round-trip air fare from Chicago to Amsterdam
  • Accompanied by expert guide Matthew Brumley, co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions
  • Two pre-cruise nights included in Amsterdam
  • Classical music concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Gardens of the Palace of Het Loo, Botanical Gardens of Belgium, Aalsmeer flower auction and De Haar Castle Gardens
  • Visit to WWI Trenches of Flanders Fields
  • Entrances to Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum and Arnhem Airborne Museums
  • All meals on board while cruising (wine included), plus other meals while not on the ship
  • All shore excursions
  • In-depth guided walking tours of Amsterdam, historic Ghent and Bruges
  • Private transfers while in Europe
  • Gratuities for your guides and drivers (excluding hotel and ship staff)
  • Airport transfers

Approximate retail value of the prize $11,500.  Winner and travel companion must be available to travel during this specific cruise departing May 1, 2017 and returning May 11, 2017. If winner is unavailable to travel on those dates, winner forfeits the prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Prize not transferable. No substitutions for prize.

Not included: Port fees.

Contest Rules:

  • May not be sold or transferred to a third party
  • Participants must be 18 years of age and with a current USA passport
  • Participants must be in good health and able to travel
  • Missing parts of or the entire itinerary is not cause for refund
  • Air travel is in economy
  • Cabin on C deck. Winners may pay $500 pp to upgrade on to B deck.
  • Based on double occupancy for two sharing the same room /cabin

Membership Drive Sponsors

Title sponsor of the Fall 2016 Membership Drive is Wintrust Community Banks


We would like to also extend a ‘thank you’ to the following businesses and restaurants for their support during the drive.