Radio: Outpost of Excellence

Some ten years ago, a young couple in Chicago sold their car, emptied their bank account, and took over a half-dead FM station that had $30,000 in debts and maybe six or seven pap-happy listeners. Changing its call letters to WFMT, they began to play interesting music and talk about things that a child of 3½ probably could not understand. It was risky and somewhat revolutionary, and Bernard and Rita Jacobs thought for a while that they were failing.

Breaking into a broadcast not long after the takeover, Rita Jacobs said, "We wonder...

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