Lois Baum is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with a major in piano and harpsichord. For the past 47 years she has lived in Chicago, where she was Associate Program Director at WFMT Radio (98.7 FM) from 1964 to 2000. She co-produced and co-hosted WFMT's Lyric Opera broadcasts with Norman Pellegrini from 1972 to 2009. Other series and programs she produced for WFMT include a set of contemporary radio dramas in the early 1970's, weekly "Critic's Choice" programs with Claudia Cassidy, Herman Kogan and Harry Bouras (1965-1990) and various spoken word features on the arts and public affairs. These included the weekly "Storytellers," in which Chicago actors read short stories, a weekly hour of poetry from 1964-76, a weekly schedule of full-length dramas from the BBC and other sources (1964-94), and a weekly hour titled "Word of Mouth" from the WFMT Tape Archive co-produced with George Drury. In addition, she was responsible for various longer series hosted respectively by music critics Robert C. Marsh, Karen Monson and Bernard Jacobson. Major music programs include "Our American Music," a 365-day series written and hosted by composer Raymond Wilding-White, his "Music, Chicago Style" and shorter series on contemporary composers.
Ms. Baum worked with Studs Terkel as producer, recording engineer, tape editor and research assistant from 1964 until his death in 2008. Since her retirement from WFMT, she has participated in organizing and documenting four Archive projects: the WFMT Tape Archive of 5,000 programs, the Studs Terkel Archive of 7,000 programs now residing at the Chicago History Museum, the Studs and Ida Terkel Archive of personal and professional papers, books and art, and the Studs Terkel Radio Programs on the Internet Project.