Carl Grapentine is the host of the Morning Program on WFMT/ 98.7 FM, Chicago's Classical music station, weekdays from 6–10 a.m. Carl joined WFMT in 1986 after serving as the morning host of the classical music station in Detroit for thirteen years.
Carl presents pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other groups. He also performs as narrator with the Chicago Pro Musica and hosts concerts for numerous community orchestras and bands. He has been the host for the nationally-syndicated broadcast concerts of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on the WFMT Radio Network, 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 for forty-two seasons — 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. Currently he is singing in the choir of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest. He also has sung the national anthem for professional and collegiate sporting events at Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park, Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome, and the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena.
Carl has lived in Oak Park since 1986.