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Exploring Music Staff

Exploring Music Staff

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Tony Macaluso

Director of WFMT Radio Network Marketing & Syndication


As the Director of Network Marketing & Syndication with the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, Tony Macaluso coordinated the development of the Exploring Music website and oversees the distribution of several dozen classical music, jazz, folk, science and public affairs radio programs to radio stations throughout the United States and internationally including Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and others. He also helps develop new series and radio specials.

Born in the Chicago suburbs, he grew up listening to WFMT (and especially Studs Terkel's daily interview show), studied journalism and Chinese, lived and taught in China and received a MA in Theater History from the University of Illinois. He then worked as an artist and arts administrator with several Chicago Theater companies (Redmoon Theater and the Neo-Futurists), an architectural boat tour guide and served as the Director of Marketing for the Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park.

He is the author of Sounds of Chicago's Lakefront, a book about the history of outdoor music in Chicago's Grant Park and is currently working on a book about the cultural history of spaces at the tops of Chicago's historic skyscrapers and an online cultural history of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.

He serves on the board of the literary magazine The Chicagoan and Opera-Matic, an outdoor spectacle theater/music company that creates site-specific work for Chicago neighborhoods.

He resides in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square with his wife Glenda and son Giulio.
The Exploring Music streaming website is made possible by Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner Brown and Susan & Richard Kiphart.
You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
Steffen Demeter
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
Walther Davies
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
Michael Sanders
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
Kourtney
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Claudia Wertz
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Christine Anderson
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
Sally Rosenbaum
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.
Jean Quay
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