Weekdays from 6:00 am-10:00 am

Each day, it’s Carl’s joie de vivre that lights up The Morning Program on WFMT. He’ll report the headlines, what the weather’s doing, and who won the big game (including the winning team’s fight song), and — of course — he’ll play Bach. In short, The Morning Program with Carl Grapentine is as essential to Chicago as that first cup of coffee.

Where’s Carl?

Want to meet Carl? You can find him in Chicago and beyond at some of these upcoming events.


Pre-concert talks
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 6:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Skokie, IL

Monday January 23, 2017, 6:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center


Carl's Morning Quiz

  • American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne was born on this date in 1934 in Pennsylvania but grew up in California. Her first major breakthrough came when she was noticed by Igor Stravinsky. Her operatic career began when he invited her to perform in the 1956 Venice Festival. But her first major engagement came earlier at the age of 20 when she dubbed the singing voice of Dorothy Dandridge in what film?

    "Carmen Jones"

  • The English film composer Richard Addinsell was born on this date in 1904 in London. He studied briefly at the Royal College of Music, but left to begin a career composing for the theatre and films. His best known score is a brief piano concerto written for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight. The filmmakers wanted something in the style of Rachmaninov and tried to persuade Rachmaninov himself to write for the film. What is the name of the cinematic concerto written by Richard Addinsell?

    "Warsaw Concerto"

  • Who am I? I was “born” on this date, January 12, in 1992 in Urbana, Illinois — at least according to the movie. In Arthur C. Clarke’s novelization, my birth year was given as 1997. I am capable of speech, speech recognition, facial recognition, language processing, lip reading, art appreciation, automated reasoning, and playing chess. I also have been known to sing. Who am I?

    The computer HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other groups. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the “stadium voice” of the Michigan Marching Band since 1970– his voice being heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. He also added the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium in 2006. Carl has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, and several other sports venues.