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88Nine educates kids & adults on music history with daily School of Rock

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While ostensibly aimed at children at home during the pandemic, everyone can learn a little something about landmark musicians like Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley and others in 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's new daily School of Rock, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m.

The hour-long show is a collaboration between on-air personality Dori Zori, who presents the show, and veteran music teacher Britney Freeman-Farr, aka B-Free, who is now an 88Nine staffer.

The daily show includes information about the life and work of the spotlighted artist, as well as plenty of music, which means this is about the most enjoyable education you'll likely ever get.

If you want to see what I mean, check out the first episode, which aired Monday and featured Prince. You can hear it at this link, where all the shows will be archived, with additional content, including videos and other content.

Tuesday's episode featured Kenny Rogers, who passed away just a few days ago.

"With so many schools closed, we thought this would be a great way to help parents – and teach students about an important part of our culture," said Radio Milwaukee Program Director Jordan Lee.

"And parents, you can listen, too!"

If you can't listen over the air, 88Nine can be streamed at radiomilwaukee.org, through its mobile app, or by asking a smart speaker to play 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Radio Milwaukee is creating more specialty programming during the pandemic – including shows for adults, as well as an hour-long Kids Disco every Saturday at 9 a.m. – and you can find it all here.

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