The WFMT Radio Network

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The WFMT Radio Network creates, seeks out, and distributes radio programs of importance, depth and beauty to stations serving audiences across the United States and around the world. In addition to syndicating concerts by such renowned orchestras as the Chicago Symphony OrchestraNew York PhilharmonicMilwaukee Symphony OrchestraLos Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, the WFMT Radio Network also makes available signature WFMT shows like Midnight Special with host Rich Warren; Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlinCollector’s Corner with Henry Fogel; and Fiesta! with Elbio Barilari, focusing on the classical music of South America, Spain and Portugal.

And look to the WFMT Radio Network for full seasons of opera from such distinguished companies as Lyric Opera of ChicagoLos Angeles Opera On-Air, and San Francisco Opera. We are also an important source for early music, chamber music, jazz and folk, with shows like Early Music NowChamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Our two celebrated overnight-format satellite services, the classical Beethoven Network with Peter Van De Graff, and Jazz Network with Dee Alexander, Dave Schwan, John Hill, and Leslie Keros are recognized as leaders in their field. The music selections are balanced, sophisticated and engaging.

WFMT Radio Network programs have received every major broadcasting award and honor, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Prix Italia and Major Armstrong Award. In its mission to provide highly affordable programming of the highest quality, the WFMT Radio Network brings the best to the world.

Become a WFMT Radio Network Affiliate

The WFMT Radio Network invites stations everywhere to become WFMT Radio Network Affiliates. In addition to access to our high quality, affordable programming, affiliates receive dedicated service from network relations and distribution staff members that understand your needs, regardless of your station’s size or budget. For more information, please call Estlin Usher, Station Relations Manager, (773) 279-2112.

Series

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The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the Opera Series available to our affiliates. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, beginning the week after the Met ends and ending the week before the new season of the Met Broadcasts begin. Opera companies that are featured in this series include Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more.


Latest Pieces

Caption: Sybil Leek, Credit: <a href="http://covenantofrhiannon.org/sybilleek.htm">Covenant of Rhiannon</a>
In 1966 Studs Terkel sat down with witch, astrologer, psychic and author Sybil Leek. Join us for this except from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive w...

Bought by KZYX, KRZA, New Hampshire Public Radio, KSFR, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 07:22
  • Purchases: 5
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Generic promos available for WFMT Radio Network programming.

Bought by WMNR, WKAR, Delmarva Public Radio, WOSU, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 02:29
  • Purchases: 10
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Roger Ebert, world renowned film critic, journalist, screen writer and social commentator passed away on April 4, 2013 at the age of 70. The WFMT ...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jul 21, 2014
  • Length: 02:07:28
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ruby Dee, c. 1960, Credit: John Springer Collection/Corbis
Ruby Dee, actress, writer and activist died on June 12 at the age of 91. The WFMT Radio Network is offering this excerpt of Ruby Dee speaking with ...

Bought by PRX Remix and KGNU


  • Added: Jun 13, 2014
  • Length: 07:03
  • Purchases: 2
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Maya Angelou discusses growing up in Stamps, Arkansas, and early adulthood experiences as recounted in her recently released autobiography I Know W...

Bought by KAAD-LP, Radio Phoenix, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KMUZ, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: May 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:04:47
  • Purchases: 26
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Born to Live is Studs Terkel’s remarkable Prix Italia-winning audio collage program (produced with Jim Unrath) that first aired in 1962 and serves ...

Bought by WCQS, WCAI / WNAN, WTJU, WRIR, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: May 09, 2014
  • Length: 56:45
  • Purchases: 6
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Episode #3 travels into the realm of memory as Howard Nemerov and Gwendolyn Brooks read poems about childhood and the fleeting nature of time.

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KUPR low power FM, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WNMU-FM, KMUN and more


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 14:20
  • Purchases: 15
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Episode #2 takes listeners on several poetry journeys: to Africa with James Baldwin and on an interplanetary rocket-poem trip with Allen Ginsberg a...

Bought by KUPR low power FM, WNMU-FM, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WCAI / WNAN, KUER and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 21:26
  • Purchases: 15
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Beethoven Network provides one-hour modules of classical music, culled from WFMT’s extensive library of more than 85,000 recordings. The service w...

Bought by KTEP, Northwest Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Radio, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 16, 2014
  • Length: 59:40
  • Purchases: 4
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Episode #1 explores how poetry enables people to channel the voices of others and features excerpts from Studs Terkel’s interviews with Elma Stucke...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, KISU, KUPR low power FM, WNMU-FM, KMUN and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 15:00
  • Purchases: 18