Chicago audiences get to hear two new voices on flagship station WFMT. Candice Agree was formerly on the air at WQXR in New York, WETA in Washington DC, Sirius-XM, and WDAV in Davidson NC, and is a well-known off-camera voice on CBS news in the mornings. She’s taking the 3-7 pm slot on WFMT, in place of George Preston, who is the new GM at KCME in Colorado Springs. Suzanne Nance is is leaving her job as Director of Music, Performance and Cultural Affairs at Maine Public Broadcasting and host of Morning Classical Music. She starts her new gig at WFMT in September. However, her departure … Continue Reading
Tom Taylor at Radio-info.com reports that Peter Whorf is leaving his longtime position as Program Director and VP of Content at WFMT in Chicago and will be taking over as General Manager of WKAR at Michigan State University. Peter Whorf departs Chicago for East Lansing, says TimeOut Chicago’s Robert Feder. The program director and VP of Content and Project Management at classical WFMT (98.7) takes over August 27 as station manager of Michigan State University-owned non-coms WKAR (news/talk at 870) and WKAR-FM (news and classical at 90.5). Peter worked at Chicago Public Media’s … Continue Reading
A story today in the Chicago Reader about a classical music cruise is enough to make you very sad. Listeners of WFMT in Chicago were encouraged to sign up for a wonderful-sounding cruise: It was a classical music ocean cruise, a dreamy January escape to the Caribbean aboard a luxury vessel, with composer Roberto Sierra, rising conductor Eckart Preu, Grammy-winning chamber group the Parker Quartet, and a 50-piece orchestra providing the live soundtrack. That in itself was amazing, Dever says, but here was the corker: Bill McGlaughlin, the genial host of WFMT’s nationally … Continue Reading
Stations are still not out of the woods. Not In Chicago or in any city for that matter. Revenue realities are coming into focus, but what about expense realities? We’re in fiscal-year-end mop up mode with a mini-June drive here in Portland, closing a revenue gap. It will indeed be interesting to watch as KING in Seattle moves to a listener support model.