Rich menning


6 Milwaukee record shops I miss

Published Nov. 11, 2014

I've been a record store rat since I was about 9 (no, I won't tell you how many years ago that was), but I've whiled away countless hours in the dens of wonder, from sea to shining sea and even beyond. Luckily, there are still some great record shops in town, but not nearly as many as there used to be. Here are six lost Milwaukee places that I wish were still here ...


Atomic closing is a sad sign of the times

Published Dec. 5, 2008

I was saddened to see that Atomic Records will close in February, but not entirely surprised. Let's face it, if Tower tanked and Virgin closed a downtown Chicago megastore before there was even an economic crisis, how can we expect Rich Menning to weather the storm?


Atomic Records will close its doors in February

Published Dec. 4, 2008

Atomic Records, which has been an East Side institution for nearly a quarter century, is closing. Owner Rich Menning cited a variety of reasons when he announced the news on the store's Web site.


Record Store Day reminds us to support local businesses

Published April 18, 2008

Saturday is Record Store Day in the U.S. and in Milwaukee, local shops like Atomic Records, RushMor, Bull's Eye and Exclusive Company celebrate the joys of recorded music stamped into vinyl or encoded onto CDs.