Lake Forest, Ill. – The Lake Forest Symphony is pleased to announce that Steve Robinson has joined the Board of Directors as of January 2018. After spending the early part of his career managing, producing and helping start several radio stations, Robinson became the general manager of WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network in August 2000 through 2016.
Founded in 1951, WFMT is widely considered to be one of the most admired classical music stations in the U.S. and under his leadership many new programs were added to the local schedule including Introductions, Impromptu, Arias and Songs, Cedille Presents, Rush Hour Concerts, Fiesta!, Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, and a greatly increased on-going series of live broadcasts from the greater Chicago region and beyond. Robinson left WFMT in October 2016 to form his own company, New Media Productions, and is presently engaged in several exciting entrepreneurial podcasting ventures.
“Steve is a terrific addition to both our Board and its Executive Committee” notes Ray Frick, President of the Board of Directors. “Steve Robinson certainly needs no introduction to anyone who treasures WFMT, Chicago’s iconic classical music station and network. Steve adds striking depth to our Board in many ways including artistic insights, tremendous development and fundraising success, and proven leadership gravitas.”
“The symphony is on the threshold of such an exciting point in its evolution,” said Joanna Rolek, Vice-President of the Board and Executive Director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce. “The addition of Steve Robinson infuses our efforts with even more innovative ideas, commitment and reach. We enthusiastically welcome his voice at the table as we work to create more opportunities to bring the magic of live music-making to a wider audience and multiple generations.”
Robinson has received numerous local and national awards for his work in Chicago including the Champion Award from the Merit School of Music, two awards from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, the Dushkin Award from the Music Institute of Chicago, the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award and numerous other awards and citations.