It's been an absolutely bonkers week of news and announcements, so let's take a break for just five minutes and let the soothing sounds of NPR, Packers fandom and a handsome British accent take us away.
Lake Geneva native Joy Powers has taken a circuitous route to get back to Wisconsin. The "Lake Effect" producer and reporter worked in and out of radio, including a stint at WBEZ in Chicago, before joining the staff at 89.7 WUWM.
When Lori Fredrich noted that NPR had featured a StoryCorps segment during "Morning Edition" about Walnut Way co-founder Sharon Foster Adams and her husband Larry, she knew she had to tune in. What she didn't know is how impactful the three-minute story would be.
When WUWM program director Bruce Winter died last month of complications from cancer at age 64, long-time listeners may have expected the voice they've heard on 89.7 FM to go silent for the first time since 1978. But that's not what station manager Dave Edwards, who worked alongside his friend the entire time, had in mind.
Charlie Sykes has long been a star of conservative politics, having built a kind of cottage industry mixing radio, television, books and his own peculiar brand of journalism. He may now be part of "The Mainstream Media."
Michael Feldman and Wisconsin Public Radio will broadcast his show "Whad'Ya Know?" live Saturday morning from The Pabst Theater. Through NPR and Public Radio International, it will be heard around the world.
Later this month, WISN-TV Ch. 12's Marianne Lyles will depart for Indianapolis to join the staff at WTTV-TV.
This morning, like many of you, I heard retired baseball manager Tony LaRussa on NPR's "Morning Edition" talking about his induction this weekend in the the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He suggested Mark McGwire should be inducted into the Hall of Fame but with an asterisk. As a manager who benefited from McGwire's performance, should LaRussa's plaque have an asterisk, too?
On Monday, the FCC levied fines against Viacom, NBC Universal and ESPN for around $2 million for airing a TV spot with the movie trailer for "Olympus Has Fallen" last year. The trailer used tones that sounded very much like the ones used for emergency alerts.
"Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds," the debut album from the folk duo Blessed Feathers, was mostly inspired by places they had lived in. The Wisconsin group only continued to add places to its list, thanks to a two-year span that's seen its members go nomadic, release a new full-length album, build buzz and find themselves the cause of controversy on NPR. It's been quite a road, one that now leads to a show at The Pabst Theater Friday night.
It's long been known that Cartoon Network isn't just for children. Just like public pools, the cable outlet has an Adult Swim, a time in the day that is set aside for adults.
Mitch Teich, the executive producer of WUWM's "Lake Effect," isn't a native Milwaukeean. In fact, he's traveled around the country building his radio resume, but for the past seven years, he's called Wisconsin his home. And it shows. The 43-year-old host of the local interview show has taken the time to become an expert in the issues he covers on "Lake Effect." Teich says his job is like taking a midterm exam on a different topic every day.
If you have gone through your time on this earth as a radio listener and don't know who Click and Clack are, I truly do feel sorry for you. No, really.
A smart read, a refreshing drink and even more is what's in store for you in this week's list of stuff we like.
Dave Edwards, the long-time general manager of WUWM-FM, is doing double-duty as chairman of the NPR board. He takes a few minutes to talk about the crises rocking public broadcasting.