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Midnight Special

Sep 24, 2018 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM


"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.

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.

National (syndicated) Stations

Record Label Websites

Rich Warren's Favorites CDs of the past 22 years

Old Town School of Folk Music

Midnight Special
2:19 AM
Audra McDonald Herman: La Cage Aux Folles - I Am What I Am
Sing Happy Universal Music Classics USUG11800855
2:06 AM
Various Artists A Cock-Eyed Optimist
South Pacific - A Broadway Production With Mary Martin And Ezio Pinza (Remastered) Masterworks Broadway USSM14900139
2:06 AM
South Pacific - Original Broadway Cast Recording South Pacific - Original Broadway Cast Recording: A Cockeyed Optimist (Mary Martin)
South Pacific - Original Broadway Cast Recording Burning Fire 2008 USBFD0873303
2:01 AM
Lead Belly Midnight Special
Bob Dylan's Jukebox ITL771333007

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