In February 2016 Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and WFMT producer Matt DeStefano introduced The Film Score, a program on WFMT celebrating great music composed for the movies. Daily segments of The Film Score were tied to the Academy Awards, past and present, and the series generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation.
On the back of this successful local series, The WFMT Radio Network was pleased to present Phillips’ first national program The Film Score: Music for Memorial Day, an hour-long special exploring movie music composed for stories of the Civil War (“Glory”), World War I (“The Big Parade”), World War II (“The Great Escape,” “Patton,” “The Best Years of Our Lives”), the Vietnam war (“Casualties of War”) and the post-9/11 world we inhabit today (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
Now, Phillips returns to the WFMT Radio Network with The Film Score: Music for the Holidays, a new special devoted to music of the holidays and wintertime. In addition to beloved standards (“White Christmas,” from “Holiday Inn”), Michael introduces film music of a secular nature, ranging from “It Happened in Sun Valley” (from “Sun Valley Serenade”) to Bernard Herrmann’s bracing sleigh ride accompaniment composed for the Orson Welles drama “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Bundle up and enjoy The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays.
Michael Phillips is the host of The Film Score, first heard on WFMT-FM (98.7) in 2016. He is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and a regular guest on “Filmspotting,” at Filmspotting.net and heard weekly on Chicago Public Radio (91.5 FM). Michael co-hosted 100 episodes of the nationally syndicated TV show “At the Movies,” opposite Richard Roeper and, later, A.O. Scott. More recently he has introduced and hosted dozens of films for Turner Classic Movies. He has also appeared on “Charlie Rose,” “CBS Saturday Morning,” and many other national programs. Prior to the Tribune he has served as a critic and an arts journalist for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the Dallas Times-Herald; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages. He loves the Bill Evans piano rendition of David Raksin’s theme from “The Bad and the Beautiful” almost as much as he loves his wife, Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens, and their three children.