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"Oh, yeah, that's
The Midnight Special."

What do Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Woody Guthrie, John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Jean Redpath, Bob Newhart, Robin & Linda Williams, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Odetta, Mitchell & Webb, Carrie Newcomer, Big Bill Broonzy, and Susan Werner have in common?

They and thousands of other traditional and contemporary folk performers, avant-garde singer-songwriters comedians and satirists fill a three hour entertainment that we call The Midnight Special. Original, offbeat, fun, and thought provoking WFMT's The Midnight Special is Chicago's, and through Internet streaming, the world's weekly aberration of folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, madness and escape.

The Midnight Special often airs live performances recorded by WFMT over the past 55 years that are not available commercially, including well-known artists appearing at Chicago area clubs, concert venues, the University of Chicago Folk Festivals and the comedy revues of Chicago's famed Second City.

The Midnight Special airs Saturday nights from 9 pm until Midnight. One of the Frequently Asked Questions is, "If it's the Midnight Special, why isn't it on at Midnight?" That's a good question. It never has been.



CD of the week: Chuck Brodsky

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Folk Music and Farce, Showtunes and Satire, Madness and Escape



New Year's Eve 2014
From left to right: Paul Campagne - Connie Kaldor - Jim Bizer - Rich Warren - James Lee Stanley - Mark Dvorak - Jenny Bienemann - Jan Krist
Click here to see other photos from New Year's Eve 2014.


A big thank you to all of the people below who make The Midnight Special possible.

Steve Robinson (executive vice-president for radio)

WFMT staff (in alphabetical order):

Su Bohlin (continuity director)
Stacy Gerard (production assistant)
Andi Lamoreaux (WFMT music director)
Lynn Minich (account executive and copywriter)
Don Mueller (production and operations manager)
Rebecca Nystedt (production assistant)
John Piotrowski (traffic manager)
David Polk (program director)

Volunteers (in alphabetical order):

Steve Brandt (database coordinator)
Michelle Filisko
Mary O'Connor
Robin Preston (Webmaster)
Karen Rigotti
Michael Wright (server administrator / Sweet Folk Chicago calendar administrator)


See Rich Warren's Favorites for 2014.


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The Midnight Special is broadcast on WFMT, 98.7 FM
5400 N. St. Louis, Chicago, IL 60625
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