Niles, IL (May 6, 2013)—WFMT Chicago, a radio station dedicated to classical music and fine arts programming, considers Shure mics to be “a core part of our sound,” according to WFMT Director of Operations Don Mueller.
Described as a “hybrid radio station” focused on fine arts broadcasting, WFMT is commercially licensed but owned by a not-for profit, and much of its programming is based around live remote broadcasts. April alone saw the station tackle 30 live broadcasts from different venues across the city.
WFMT recently added the Shure PSM 1000 personal monitoring system to the station. “We’ve used in-ear monitoring for artists, of course, which is what the system is designed for,” Mueller explained. “But where it has really helped is with our reporters at events like the Grant Park Music Festival in the summer. They use wireless microphones—Shure Beta 87 UHF transmitters—to interview people during intermissions, and use the PSM 1000 as a wireless headphone to monitor the program feed, live on the air. They have been totally flawless, even running outdoors at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. And the fidelity is incredible.”
Similarly, WFMT uses the PSM 1000 in the studio as well. During pledge drives, broadcast live from the station’s Fay and Daniel Levin Studio, a phone bank manned by volunteers is set up to accept pledges from listeners. A moderator roams the phone room doing interviews, and wears a PSM 1000 system to hear what’s going on in the main control room.