"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
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 doesn't it start at midnight?" That's a
good question. It never has.
Rich apologizes to Iris DeMent and Greg Brown and our listeners for marrying Iris to John Prine.
New Year's Eve 2016, from left to right Honor Finnegan, Don White, Rich Warren, Reggie Harris,
Small Potatoes (Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso)
We'd like to thank Alchemy Coffee 416 Linden Ave.,Wilmette;
Mariano's food stores
and Schaefer's Wines, Foods & Spirits
for helping to make our New Year's Eve Midnight Special possible.
See Rich Warren's Favorites for 2016.
A big thank you to all of the people below who make The Midnight Special possible.
WFMT staff (in alphabetical order):
Anna Goldbeck (continuity director)
Andi Lamoreaux (WFMT music director)
Lynn Minich (account executive and copywriter)
John Piotrowski (traffic manager)
David Polk (program director)
Joshua Sauvageau (production and operations manager)
Volunteers (in alphabetical order):
Steve Brandt (database coordinator)
Robin Preston (Webmaster)
Michael Wright (server administrator / Sweet Folk Chicago calendar administrator)
Our national broadcast is underwritten by