SATURDAY MORNING LISTENER’S CHOICE and SOUNDTRACK
Begins January 4 at 8:00 am and 9:00 am on 98.7WFMT, wfmt.com/listen, and the WFMT app
CHICAGO, IL – December 16, 2019 – WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station, kicks off the new decade with two new Saturday morning programs beginning January 4, 2020: SATURDAY MORNING LISTENER’S CHOICE and SOUNDTRACK.
Saturday Morning Listener’s Choice is WFMT’s new weekly family-friendly (all ages!) classical request and dedication show, hosted by Maggie Clennon Reberg, slated for Saturday mornings from 8:00-9:00 am, beginning January 4. Maggie’s special guests on the premiere episode will be noted violinists and Chicago natives Rachel Barton Pine and her 8-year-old daughter Sylvia, who will encourage listeners to send in requests during the show in one of four ways:
- Call the dedicated phone line (773) 279-2421 to record a message
- Post a request comment on WFMT’s Facebook page
- Tweet request @WFMTClassical using the hashtag #wfmtrequest
- Submit your request online at wfmt.com/request.
Immediately following SATURDAY MORNING LISTENER’S CHOICE will be SOUNDTRACK, a new series highlighting selected film, television, and video game music. Also hosted by Reberg, the program will air on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am. Each episode will include a new film score pick, classic film scores, classical music in film, great PBS scores, a weekly video game score pick, current television scores (including streamed programs), classic television scores and themes, and more. Special contributors will include Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who will weigh in on movie soundtracks; WTTW News and Chicago Tonight correspondent Paris Schutz, who will share his favorite PBS music; and WFMT production assistant Greg Broderick, an aficionado of video game scores.
“We often hear from audience members that their very first exposure to classical music was on WFMT when they were young,” said George Preston, WFMT’s Vice President and General Manager. “We want to open the door for our listeners to share that special experience, hopefully creating great memories and fostering a lifelong love of the genre in future generations.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to host two new series that bring families and children together around classical music,” said Reberg. “It will be great fun to share innovative content that is new to WFMT with that audience, and play their requests and dedications each Saturday. I can’t wait to interact and find out what everyone wants to hear!”
WFMT, founded in 1951, is one of the nation’s most respected classical music radio stations, available on-air at 98.7WFMT, online at wfmt.com/listen, and via app on Apple and Android mobile devices. WFMT showcases superlative programs, concerts, and live events – broadcasts from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, Ravinia Festival, and many more. WFMT is also 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, Twitter, and YouTube.