Marilyn Rea Beyer, Radio/Poems/Stories/VO
WFMT's The Midnight Special on 98.7FM
Stories, poetry and folk music have been and still are, at the core of what I do.
My first spoken word gig was at Calvin Coolidge School in Lansing, Illinois. I was in 4th grade.
The high school speech team at T.F. South in Lansing, Ill., cemented my urge to share literature and music with anybody who'd listen.
I earned a B.A. in Speech & Theatre Education (Purdue) and a Master's in Oral Interpretation of Literature (Northwestern).
I taught high school in Oak Forest, Ill., worked in PR and high-tech, married Rick Beyer with whom I raised two great and talented kids, had my dream job at WUMB-FM in Boston before a 10-year stint as PR director at Perkins School for the Blind. We came back to Chicago where I taught college-level communications. Then, lightning struck! On Saturdays nights, starting August 1, 2020, I'll be the host of WFMT's legendary Midnight Special - Chicago's longest-running radio show.
I write and perform poetry and have had some of it published. Here's a sample from an anthology called We Will Not Be Silenced.
I've won and almost won story slams for MassMouth and The Moth and performed out East and in the Midwest.
Since 2014,I've joined my history author/filmmaker husband Rick Beyer in leading Ghost Army tours of Europe with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours.
A voice and video actor since 1991, I just began recording audiobooks. ACX here.
Photo by Matt Grayson