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.

Symphony Center – 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra pre-concert lectures

All-Mozart concerts with Manfred Honeck
Thu June 8—7:30pm
Fri June 9—12:15pm
Sat June 10—7:00pm
Tue June 13—6:30pm

Operatic Excerpts with Riccardo Muti
Thu June 22—7:30pm
Fri June 23—12:15pm
Sat June 24—7:00pm
Sun June 25—2:00pm

Carl's Morning Quiz

  • Today is the birthday of conductor James Levine, born in 1943. Music director of the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, he was also the music director of the Ravinia Festival for 20 years. When Mr. Levine retired from the Met, Fabio Luisi filled in as principal conductor. A new music director has now been chosen for the Met although he doesn't assume the post until 2020. Who is the music director-designate of the Met?

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

  • Who am I? I was born on this date in 1910. I created roles in more than 10 operas written by Benjamin Britten, but I also sang a wide range of vocal and operatic repertoire. I also co-founded the Aldeburgh Festival with my professional and personal partner, Benjamin Britten. Who am I?

    Peter Pears

  • Today is the first full day of summer and we’re featuring music for the season. Earlier, we played “Summer” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. What is the name of the collection of 12 concertos that includes The Four Seasons?

    The Contest Between Harmony and Invention

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.