Saturday: WFMT to Premiere Two New Programs for Kids and Families

By Keegan Morris |

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Rachael Barton Pine and her daughter Sylvia

Violinists Rachel Barton Pine and daughter Sylvia give us their picks in the premiere episode. (Photo: Teresa Crawford)

WFMT opens the new year and decade with two new Saturday morning programs specifically geared towards kids and families! Beginning Saturday, January 4, Saturday Morning Listener’s Choice and Soundtrack will make for a Saturday morning slate of kids and family programming with Introductions, WFMT’s showcase of young artists from the Chicago area. Both new shows will be hosted by weekend morning host Maggie Clennon Reberg.

“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.”

Reberg added, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to host two new series that bring families and children together around classical music.”

Saturday Morning Listener’s Choice (8:00-9:00 am) is a family-friendly classical request and dedication show. This Saturday’s premiere episode will feature violinists Rachel Barton Pine and her 8-year-old daughter Sylvia. Listeners of all ages are invited to send in requests for this weekly program in one of these four ways:

Soundtrack, (9:00-10:00 am), a program highlighting music for film, TV and video games, will immediately follow Saturday Morning Listener’s Choice. 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, and will feature special contributors such as Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, WTTW News and Chicago Tonight correspondent Paris Schutz, and WFMT production assistant Greg Broderick.


WFMT’s new Saturday morning programs Saturday Morning Requests (8:00-9:00 am) and Soundtrack (9:00-10:00 am) begin January 4, 2020. Listen at 98.7WFMT, wfmt.com/listen, and the WFMT app.