The WFMT Radio Network

StationAccount image

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 Marilyn Rea Beyer; 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 Los Angeles Opera On-Air, and the finest operas from Europe through our ongoing partnership with the European Broadcasting Union. 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 Jana Lee Ross 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, Director of the WFMT Network at (773) 279-2112 or at eusher@wfmt.com.

Series

Series image
96 Pieces

The WFMT Orchestra Series is a year-round series that combines exceptional orchestras from across the country and around the world. Each quarter, listeners will hear fantastic concerts, including the LA Phil (Summer), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Fall), San Francisco Symphony (Spring), and a scintillating variety in the Winter Quarter, including orchestras from Europe, the UK, California, and China. Each episode is intended to be broadcast the week it releases, but some exceptions can be made for stations that wish to air an orchestra later in the year. Contact us for details.

Series image
0 Pieces

This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts showcases the best-in-class musicianship of the orchestra of Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and its affiliated programs in choral music, traditional Chinese forms, opera, and more. With a focus on presenting familiar Western masterworks alongside new and traditional Chinese composers, maestro LÜ Jia and the NCPA Orchestra are sure to delight casual listeners and classical aficionados alike. This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts is designed to complement WFMT’s orchestral series and is available for broadcast starting in late December or at any time throughout the year.

Series image
27 Pieces

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to announce the first half of an exciting new season of opera productions in the 2024 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, beginning June 15 and running through November 30, 2024. This first portion of the season spans through September 7, and features thrilling performances from many of the great opera houses and theaters of Vienna, France, London, Italy, and more, with world-renowned artists.


Latest Pieces

Piece image
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime championing her two passions: equal rights and classical music, often referencing the si...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KWAX, Hawaii Public Radio, WWFM, WKNO and more


  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:30
  • Purchases: 23
Piece image
Episode BN 210314 H2: 2021-03-14 2:00 AM of Beethoven Network

Bought by KWAX, KENW, and WCLV


  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:40
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
Episode JN 210314 H2_Leslie: 2021-03-14 2:00 AM of Jazz Network

Bought by WCNY and KRCU Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:39
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime championing her two passions: equal rights and classical music, often referencing the si...

Bought by WABE, KTEP, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KAAD-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 05, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 19

  • Added: Oct 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:39
  • Purchases: 10

  • Added: Oct 15, 2020
  • Length: 59:41
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:21
  • Purchases: 5
Piece image
John Prine discusses songwriting and growing up in Southern Illinois. They briefly discuss coal mining in Appalachia, specifically Blackey, Kentuc...

Bought by Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Prairie Public, and KWTF community radio for Sonoma County


  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 54:50
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 55:38
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Leontyne Price, Credit: Jack Mitchell
One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-Ameri...

Bought by WVIA, WMNR, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 17, 2020
  • Length: 58:29
  • Purchases: 3