Carl Grapentine recently retired after a 46-year career in classical music radio. Carl was the host of the Morning Program on WFMT, Chicago's Classical music station, for almost twenty-five years. He joined WFMT in 1986 after serving as the morning host of WQRS, the classical music station in Detroit, for thirteen years.
Carl still presents pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and many other ensembles. He also hosts concerts for numerous community orchestras and bands. He was the host for the nationally-syndicated broadcast concerts of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and he hosts the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis each spring.
An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the "stadium voice" of the University of Michigan Marching Band since 1970—his voice being heard on national telecasts of sixteen Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006 he also assumed the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium.
An accomplished conductor and singer, Carl has many years of experience as a church music director. He also has sung the national anthem for professional and collegiate sporting events at Wrigley Field, old and new Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field), Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome, and the University of Michigan's Crisler Center.