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.

June Blooms with Love

June 1, 2024, 9:00 pm

As Pride Month commences, let’s focus on what really counts: LOVE.

Signs Point to Humor

June 8, 2024, 9:00 pm

Back by popular demand! The funny songs show, plus song titles that suggest “Magic 8 Ball” answers.

Hey, Dad, Let’s Play!

June 15, 2024, 9:00 pm

Songs about musical instruments, singing, and playing for Father’s Day.

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!