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      General Technical Difficulties

      If you are having trouble accessing the WFMT stream or premium content, it may be due to your computer's media file preference settings, a web browser plug-in issue, or a media player compatibility issue. Please note: you must have the Adobe Flash Player, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, or RealPlayer installed on your computer in order to access the streams. Visit the websites below for detailed installation, set-up and upgrade instructions for the media player you have chosen.

      Adobe Flash
      Windows Media Customer Support
      WinAmp Customer Support
      iTunes Customer Support
      RealPlayer Customer Support

      What does "live stream" mean?

      The WFMT Live Stream is the online equivalent of the 98.7WFMT on-air broadcast and is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, because the live stream is distributed across the internet, there will be an inherent latency so that what you will hear online may be slightly delayed when compared to the on-air broadcast (anywhere from a microsecond to a few seconds).

      Do I have to pay for the 98.7WFMT Broadcast Stream?

      The 98.7WFMT Live Stream is free. The free stream is made possible by the support of 98.7WFMT members and sponsors. Please consider supporting 98.7WFMT today!

      At what rate does 98.7WFMT send the streaming signal?

      98.7WFMT currently offers live streaming in two digital compression formats, AAC+ and MP3.

      AAC+ is the crispest audio compression format and is employed by satellite radio stations, such as XM. WinAmp and ITunes 11+ are the recommended players for the highest quality AAC+ stream. The WFMT AAC+ stream is broadcast at a rate of 128kbps.

      The MP3 format is the most widely adopted internet streaming format and plays in a variety of player types: the WFMT Flash Player, the Windows Media Player, iTunes, and RealPlayer. The WFMT MP3 stream is broadcast a rate of 128kbps.

      What kind of hardware do I need to listen online?

      You need a computer with a sound card, and either speakers or headphones.

      What kind of software do I need to listen online?

      You'll need the Adobe Flash 9 (or higher) plugin installed for your browser or either the WinAmp Media Player, Windows Media Player, iTunes, or RealPlayer which are available for free and can be downloaded online:

      Adobe Flash Player Downloads
      Windows Media Customer Support
      WinAmp Customer Support
      iTunes Customer Support
      RealPlayer Customer Support

      Do I need a high-speed Internet connection to listen to the streams?

      Ideally, yes. Most dial-up modem Internet connections won’t be able to sustain a download speed necessary to provide uninterrupted playback of the streams. However, some Internet Service Providers are providing enhanced or higher-speed dial-up service.

      What are my options for listening to the WFMT Broadcast stream online?

      You can listen to WFMT's live stream online by clicking the "Listen Live" button found at the top of wfmt.com webpages. Doing so will launch an Adobe Flash player that will serve the WFMT live broadcast via a MP3 48kbps stream.

      You may also select the "More Formats" link in the WFMT player window to access the stream through streaming media players: WinAmp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, or RealPlayer. Please note that you may have a default player setting on your computer that will override your own selection of how you’d like to listen to the stream. These default settings can be changed by accessing your operating system preferences or options.

      If you find that your browser or firewall prohibits the display of the streaming player links found on the "Listen Live - More Formats" web page, please use the following links to launch the WFMT stream:

      Windows Media Player

      Can I access the 98.7WFMT Broadcast Stream on other websites?

      Yes, you can also find our stream through several radio station aggregators including:

      • TuneIn Radio
      • SHOUTcast
      • live-radio.net
      • iTunes Internet Radio
      • WindowsMedia Radio Tuner

      Can I access the 98.7WFMT Broadcast Stream in ITunes? I can't find it in the Internet Radio offerings anymore.

      Yes, first you need to activate the Internet Radio button in ITunes Preferences. Go to iTunes Preferences/General/Show/Select: Internet Radio. Then, when in the ITunes player, find the Internet button in the menu bar. WFMT can be found under the Classical category, which is sorted alphabetically.

      Can I access the 98.7WFMT Broadcast Stream from my WIFI or Internet Radio device?

      Yes, the WFMT stream can be accessed through any device that accepts a broadcast internet stream. You many find that in programming your device, the device instruction manual refers to one of the many wifi/internet station aggregator websites (vTuner, Wifiradio-frontier, ect.).** However, these aggregators may not have the correct playlist for WFMT's stream listed in their online directory. Below, find the correct playlist (.m3u) that can programmed directly into your device.

      **Please note: WFMT does not control the playlists listed on third party websites. Any problems encountered when using these websites are the responsibility of the individual website and must be addressed by that website's support resources.

      I would like to access the "WFMT Premium" music area. How can I do that?

      The library of music in the premium area is reserved for WFMT members at the $40 level or above. You can access this rich library, and listen on-demand whenever you like, if you are an active WFMT member at $40 level or by giving a gift of $40 to 98.7WFMT right now.

      How do I know if I’m an active WFMT member at the $40 level or above?

      Call WFMT Member Services at (773) 279-2020 (M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm CT). They will happy to look up your membership status for you.

      I don't know what my WFMT Member ID # is. What is it?

      Your WFMT Member ID # is a numeric code with up to 10 digits. To figure out what your ID is:

      1. Look for a long number above your name on the address box on the cover of your Guide.
      2. Look above your name and address on a piece of mail you've received from 98.7WFMT.
      3. Call WFMT Member Services at (773) 279-2020 (M-F, 9 am to 5 pm CT). They will happy to look up your ID Number for you.

      When signing in to the WFMT Premium music area, I don’t have a password. What do I do?

      If you are currently an active member and have made a contribution or ticketed event purchase in the past using the wfmt.com website, then you should use your existing wfmt.com member login to access WFMT Premium music. You do not need to register again for access to WFMT Premium music. If you forgot your password, you may retrieve it here.

      However, if are an active member but you have never registered online with wfmt.com, please click this link to register. You will be asked to identify an e-mail address and a password which you can use the next time you visit the stream as a returning streamer.

      Is my contribution tax deductible?

      Yes! Contributions to WFMT are tax deductible to the full extent of the law, deducting the fair market value of any thank-you gifts received.

      After clicking one of the stream links, nothing happens. What should I do?

      1. Make sure that a media player is installed on your computer. You can download one for FREE by clicking the links at the top of this page. Once your media player of choice is installed, restart your computer and try again.
      2. If your media player opens when clicking on a live stream link but you still can't hear anything, confirm your speakers are on and the volume is turned up.
      3. If clicking on the link doesn't automatically open a media player, then copy and paste the URL into the location bar of your player.
      4. If you are listening at work, your company may have a "firewall" enabled to securely protect its internal data or there are settings on your browser or computer that won’t allow external data to be fed to you. If this is the case, please contact your IT department.
      5. If you are using a computer that is not connected to a firewall, consult the support documentation related to file type associations. This documentation can be found on your operating system’s website or in “Help” on your computer.

      I've changed my browser or have upgraded it. Why has the stream stopped working?

      You may need to reconfigure your settings on your new browser so it recognizes plug-ins associated with your media player. Reinstalling the media player software using your new browser may solve the problem.

      Why does the stream sometimes stop for a while or stutter?

      This may be due to Internet congestion during certain periods of the day. Internet bandwidth that is required to transmit the stream is limited, and this limitation creates the traffic congestion that causes the audio signal to buffer or stop completely. The stream data is not lost during these congested periods, but it is held up until adequate bandwidth is available to receive the data.

      Also, playing the WFMT live stream through the WFMT popup player (via the Listen Live button) for an extended period may fill your browser's cache and cause the stream to buffer or stop. This can be remedied by clearing your browser cache. For help in clearing your browser cache, please follow these instructions.

      Can I get the stream from my computer to my home stereo?

      Aside from directly cabling your computer to your stereo receiver, there are wireless stereo receiver and computer transmitter components that allow reception of a wireless stream directly from a computer or the internet. Please check with your local audio/video store for more information and to find the solution that works best for you.

      I've added the WFMT player to my Facebook page, but the audio does not play?

      Many browsers will only allow one live stream through the Adobe Flash plugin. If you still have www.wfmt.com open, try closing the "WFMT Listen Live - Pop-up Player" window and then click the play button on the Facebook player.

      How can I report a problem with the 98.7WFMT stream?

      The reliability of our streams is extremely important to us. We monitor the streams throughout the day and have set up a system whereby we are notified when the stream is interrupted. However, sometimes we may miss an alert. If you notice something awry with any of our streams, please contact us immediately and we will work to resolve the problem.

      How can I find out what programs are scheduled to air on 98.7WFMT and when?

      View the WFMT Schedule or the WFMT Guide.