The Midnight Special

Saturdays at 9:00 pm

Unique weekly series featuring songs, silliness, and show tunes

Original and offbeat, this three-hour Saturday night romp presents fresh new singer-songwriters alongside well-known artists who have played at Chicago area clubs, concert venues, festivals, and on the comedy scene. Inclusive, high-energy, and always entertaining, The Midnight Special offers listeners a lively potpourri of folk songs, ballads and blues, showtunes, spoken word, and hilarious novelty routines. Escape into the stories, experience the emotions, and let loose with a good guffaw whenever you tune in. Get onboard here, on, or use the WFMT app. The Midnight Special first aired in 1953 with Mike Nichols as host. View The Midnight Special archived playlists.

You might also be interested in WFMT's weekly series Folkstage featuring a one-hour folk concert.

The Midnight Special is available for free streaming in two different ways – live during the broadcast and on demand via the rights-compliant 5-hour, non-interactive player below within two weeks of the broadcast.

Sing a Song of Summertime

June 22, 2024, 9:00 pm

A sun-dappled playlist to usher in the summer solstice and recall memories of balmy nights.

A Basket Full of Folk Songs

June 29, 2024, 9:00 pm

A summer pot-luck picnic and a look back at the life of “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” the late Dave Van Ronk born 88 years ago this weekend.

Folks of These United States

July 6, 2024, 9:00 pm

Take a musical tour of America with songs from and about each of the 50 states. Fourth of July fun, too!

Vive la France! Vive Roger McGuinn!

July 13, 2024, 9:00 pm

Folk songs with a French accent for Bastille Day and a birthday salute to folk icon Roger McGuinn who studied banjo at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

What’s on Your Lunar Mixtape?

July 20, 2024, 9:00 pm

Fifty-five years after Neil Armstrong took a giant leap for humankind, take a musical walk on the moon including songs the astronauts listened to.

Hot Town, Summer in the City…

July 27, 2024, 9:00 pm

No matter how hot it gets, you can cool off and chill out with folk songs and humor.