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Shift Switch: Copywriter at Bader Rutter

Published June 19, 2017

OnMilwaukee's Molly Snyder played copywriter for a day at Bader Rutter, a full-service advertising agency that just moved to a stunning new space in Downtown Milwaukee.


Shift switch: Golf course superintendent

Published June 12, 2017

A golf course is a living thing, with insects, grasses and trees all affecting how it plays on a given day. All of those things, and a host of others, must be managed daily by that course's superintendent to make it playable for the golfer. It's a long day, with a lot of duties and I gave it a try.


Shift switch: Harvesting Wisconsin cranberries

Published Oct. 31, 2016

Wisconsin is the No. 1 producer of cranberries in the world. Join Bobby Tanzilo as he heads up to Cranberry Creek Cranberries in Necedah to learn the ins and outs of growing and harvesting cranberries from expert Nicole Hansen.


Shift switch: Coffee roaster at Valentine

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Like baking or winemaking, roasting coffee is both science and art. A ham-fisted roaster can easily mess up the science and destroy the coffee. But learning how to not ruin good beans is not enough to create amazing coffee. The art dances around the edges; that is where a real artist - using time and heat and other factors - can create sublime roasts that result in a stellar cup of java. This I learned when I recently spent a day with the good folks at Valentine Coffee Roasters, 5918 W. Vliet St.


Shift switch: Butcher at Bavette La Boucherie

Published Nov. 4, 2014

Recently,'s Molly Snyder spent the morning shadowing Chef Karen Bell at Bavette La Boucherie, a butcher shop / cafe at 330 E. Menomonee St. She was surprised - and a little disappointed - by the lack of blood, guts and gore.


Shift switch: Top Notch beer line cleaner

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Meet Ben Dosmann, who at 22 is a young entrepreneur, owner of Top Notch, a company that cleans beer lines at local taverns. He showed's Bobby Tanzilo how the job is done.


Shift switch: Civil War reenactor

Published July 24, 2014

Every now and then, the writers here at decide to give other, unique jobs a try. Some have tried cheesemaking. Others the ballet. Me? Well, I fought in the Civil War.


Shift switch: A role in "The Nutcracker," part two

Published Dec. 24, 2013

The editors have a history of hanging up their word-smithing for a few hours and experiencing a completely different type of work. We then write about the experience in this series, called Shift Switch. This weekend, I was given the chance to be an extra in the Milwaukee Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker."


Take me to work with you

Published Sept. 18, 2011 has a about a dozen articles that are a part of a series called "Shift Switch," which involves the writers taking a "shift" at a job that is very different from our usual editorial gig and then writing about the experience.


Shift Switch: Milwaukee Police officer on the K-9 Unit

Published Aug. 22, 2011

One of the most versatile officers on the Milwaukee Police force doesn't eat all day, understands German as his first language and works for free. While he's not a human cop, Dasty the German Shepherd proves his value every day to his handler, Officer Todd Johnson, as well as to the rest of MPD. We spent the day riding along with this duo, and the experience was eye-opening.


Shift Switch: Producer of a Brewers TV broadcast

Published Aug. 2, 2011

The next time you're watching a Brewers game on TV and you find yourself cursing the broadcast because you didn't see the replay you wanted, just stop. Because, chances are, you have no idea what goes into the production of every Brewers game broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Publisher Andy Tarnoff spent a day shadowing Chris Withers and he quickly realized the job is very, very hard work.


Shift Switch: Used record shop clerk

Published April 16, 2011

In honor of the fourth annual Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011, we dig into the archives to salute indie record stores with this article. Spending an afternoon at Bull's Eye Records, working alongside owner Luke Lavin as a clerk, I'd come full circle back to my first job ... in a record store. And, no, its nothing like "High Fidelity."


Shift Switch: Magician's assistant

Published Feb. 4, 2010

My "shift" as magician David Seebach's assistant didn't go exactly as planned. My original goal was to get sawed in halves on stage, but because I am a tad too tall for the trick, Seebach levitated me instead. Now, I can't shake the words of Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines" out of my head ... "get higher, baby, and don't ever come down."


Shift switch: Central Bark Doggy Day Care handler

Published Jan. 20, 2010

For the sake of the "Shift Switch" series, I switched shifts and took on the job of handler at the first of Central Bark's 10 Milwaukee locations, 5780 W. Hemlock St. More or less, I'd do what the handlers do, while they put up with my barrage of questions and filled me in on the job.


Shift switch: Potawatomi Bingo caller

Published Nov. 24, 2009

While Publisher Andy Tarnoff hasn't played bingo in about 15 years, he still has a soft spot for it -- and was pretty excited when Potawatomi offered him the chance to be a guest bingo caller for our Shift Switch series.