WFMT celebrates Cinema in February 2016 with ‘The Film Score,’ a daily feature by Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips, and an “Audio Film Festival” during Oscar® Weekend

By Julia Maish |

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CHICAGO – January 28, 2016 – Throughout the month of February 2016 leading up to this year’s Academy Awards®, WFMT will explore the relationship between music and the silver screen, including a new daily feature, The Film Score with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, beginning on Monday, February 1.

The Film Score will air weekdays at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and on weekends at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; during each segment, Phillips will share and discuss his favorite compositions written for film.

The series on WFMT will culminate in a marathon of music composed for, inspired by, and featured in cinema, as well as performed by some of the greatest studio musicians, during the final weekend up until the Academy Awards® (Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28). There will also be special digital exclusives related to the theme on throughout the month.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to our broadcast booth,” said David Polk, WFMT’s Program Director. “He is passionate about film music and I know that we’ll all be learning a great deal from him in the lead-up to the 2016 Academy Awards®.”

About Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips is the Chicago Tribune’s film critic. He has hosted dozens of presentations on Turner Classic Movies, and has appeared on CBS Saturday Morning, Charlie Rose, and the long-running nationally syndicated program At the Movies. He joined the Tribune in 2002 as theater critic, a post he previously held at the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; theSt. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Dallas Times-Herald. He appears regularly on the Chicago Public Radio show Filmspotting, and lives in Logan Square with his wife, Heidi Stevens, and their three children.

About WFMT
WFMT is one of the nation’s most respected classical music radio stations, reaching an audience of 240,000 monthly local listeners and an ever-increasing international audience at, and also via Apple and Android mobile devices. WFMT showcases superlative programs, concerts, and live events you cannot hear anywhere else – broadcasts from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many more. The WFMT Radio Network is a leading producer and syndicator of a diverse selection of outstanding musical series, including Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, the Beethoven Network, and the Jazz Network.  Connect with WFMT on Facebook and Twitter.