Sixty years ago, a Chicago radio station began broadcasting classical music and is still at it today. We pay a birthday tribute to our sister station, WFMT, on its 60th birthday, on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
Click on the audio files below to hear the corresponding clips, as decribed here:
Track 1: Longtime WFMT General Manager Ray Nordstrand, and former chief announcer, Marty Robinson, read the announcer audition written by Mike Nichols.
Track 2: Pianist Valentina Lisitsa salutes WFMT on its 60th birthday and performs an improvisation of Happy Birthday in the style of Liszt.
Track 3: WFMT co-founder Rita Jacobs talks about how the classical and fine arts radio station began.