The WFMT Radio Network continues and extends the WFMT heritage of excellence, making available the finest programming to hundreds of affiliate stations around the world. On this page, we have included an overview of the Network, as well as some useful links for radio stations around the country and the world.
Listen to an overview of some of the programs produced and/or distributed by the WFMT Radio Network below.
The WFMT Radio Network Notebook
For detailed information on all of our current programs, including our symphony series, seasonal programs, specials, and more, please browse through the Network Notebook, our quarterly catalog of programs.
The American Opera Series Supplement
The American Opera series brings some of the finest opera companies to the airwaves, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival Opera, and more. The series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule to complete the year. We hope you’ll join us!
The WFMT Radio Network Informational Brochure
For a general overview of WFMT Radio Network content, as well as images and staff information, check out our digital version of the WFMT Radio Network Brochure!
The WFMT Radio Network creates, seeks out, and distributes radio programs of importance, depth and beauty to stations serving audiences across the United States and around the world. In addition to syndicating concerts by such renowned orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Salzburg Festival, the WFMT Radio Network also makes available signature WFMT shows like Midnight Special with host Rich Warren; Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin; Collector’s Corner with Henry Fogel; Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari, focusing on the classical music of South America, Spain and Portugal; and Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead, exploring contemporary music in the classical tradition.
And look to the WFMT Radio Network for full seasons of opera from such distinguished American companies as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera On-Air, San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera. We are also an important source for early music, chamber music, jazz, folk and public affairs programming, with shows like Millennium of Music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Mad About Music with Gilbert Kaplan, combining music and interviews with influential personalities, including former President Jimmy Carter and past Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Our two celebrated overnight-format satellite services, the classical Beethoven Network with Peter Van De Graff, and Jazz Network with Bob Parlocha, are recognized as leaders in their field. The music selections are balanced, sophisticated and engaging.
WFMT Radio Network programs have received every major broadcasting award and honor, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Prix Italia and Major Armstrong Award. In its mission to provide highly affordable programming of the highest quality, the WFMT Radio Network brings the best to the world.
Become a WFMT Radio Network Affiliate
The WFMT Radio Network invites stations everywhere to become WFMT Radio Network Affiliates. In addition to access to our high quality, affordable programming, affiliates receive dedicated service from network relations and distribution staff members that understand your needs, regardless of your station’s size or budget. For more information, please call Tony Macaluso, Director of Marketing and Syndication, (773) 279-2114, or Estlin Usher, Station Relations Manager, (773) 279-2112.
The WFMT Radio Network Programs
The WFMT Network provides two overnight-format services: the Beethoven Network and the Jazz Network. Both are fully customizable, with hourly modules and optional breaks, and are available at hourly rates.
The Beethoven Network
The Beethoven Network is the all-classical 12-hour service hosted by Peter Van De Graaff. Produced at WFMT’s state-of-the-art broadcast studios, radio outlets nationally air portions of the 12-hour presentations. Program Director and host, Peter Van De Graaff, programs the service conservatively, while focusing on the standards of the repertoire, he doesn’t hesitate to go beyond that and draws from the rich and varied music that comprises all of what we call “classical music.” The Beethoven Network is the reliable and quality programming leader in classical music format service.
The Jazz Network
The Jazz Network is the leader in mainstream nightly jazz programming, selected and hosted by legendary jazz expert Bob Parlocha. The Jazz Network is spirited and involving radio with a local sound and appeal. Offered 12-hours nightly, Parlocha entertains listeners with a creative, engaging musical mix and a brief, but friendly conversational rapport, talk is always kept to a minimum. The music, not the host, is the focal point of our programming.
The Beethoven and Jazz Network services are available to all PRX affiliates, offering hourly rates so you only pay for the hours you use.
For the full list of WFMT Radio Network Programs, visit the Schedules Page.
For local WFMT 98.7 Chicago broadcast information, visit the Programs A–Z page.