Access Hour

Each Monday a different community group or individual hosts the show. Assistance is provided with recording a promotional announcement to be aired the week prior to the show and with sound board engineering the night of the show. In order to keep the show accessible, any individual or group is limited to one show per year. The Access Hour is often booked several months in advance. To sign up to host an Access Hour show, call Ken Rineer at 256-2001 on Monday evenings or e-mail

Monday January 14 — singer-songwriter-poet Carell Casey

01/11/13 10:05 AM | Access Hour

The Monday January 14 Access Hour is produced by local singer-songwriter-poet Carell Casey. Carell performs mostly her own songs and other pieces live in the studio and plays tracks from her CD. She also reads some of her own poetry and prose. We’d like to thank Carell for accepting this date on short notice after originally requesting one farther into the season.

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Monday — January 14, 2013 — Piano Music of Matthew Hollingsworth

01/8/13 3:15 PM | Access Hour

Janesville pianist and composer Matthew Hollingsworth has been working on a new album of original piano music that he hopes to finish this winter. He’ll feature this music during this week’s Access Hour! Note: Matthew had to cancel for family reasons. He’ll reschedule some time in the future.

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Monday — January 7, 2013 — A program on Madison’s City Bus System

01/2/13 5:17 PM | Access Hour

On Monday, January 7, Madison Metro bus user Melvin Hinton will interview individuals associated with Madison Metro Transit, discussing how the Madison Metro system works, how to use it well, and maybe something about the historical successes of its drivers in the bus rodeos of yore.

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Monday, New Year’s Eve (December 31st) — preparty holiday music from Red Velvet

12/26/12 11:07 AM | Access Hour

Another wonderful program of music for the holidays – jazz lps especially, brought to you through the miracle of vinyl by DJ Red Velvet.

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Monday, December 24th — Christmas Eve with Gil Halstead

12/18/12 3:01 PM | Access Hour

Gil Halstead hosts a grand grab bag of great and good music for the holidays — a perspective can all enjoy! Special on WORT-FM for Christmas Eve.

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Monday, December 17 — A Celebration of Time Wave Zero and the Novelty Curve?

12/12/12 9:31 AM | Access Hour

Since scheduling this Access Hour slot, Donald Swadley has become the brand new on-air host of the brand new late-night Saturday program, “Feed Me Weird Things” from 3 am to 6 am Sundays. But this Access Hour… he’s looked forward to doing this show with love and excitedness for quite a while…has been literally waiting most of his life to do it….very excited! It’s a show featuring the work of Terrance McKenna, the topic of Time Wave Zero, or Novelty Theory. McKenna’s birthday was November 16, and the Novelty Curve reaches zero on December 21st…

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Monday, December 10 — David Bicknase and his Music

12/4/12 9:30 AM | Access Hour

David Bicknase, pianist and composer, will inspire and sooth you with Harmonies of the Spheres. The songs in this program, instrumentals on both electric and acoustic keyboards, are taken from over 25 albums of original writing; and are in styles from Ballads and Swing to Meditational and Space Music.

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Monday, December 3 — Venger Satanis

12/3/12 9:33 AM | Access Hour

Founder and leader of the Cthulhu Cult, Venger As’Nas Satanis, will be talking about everything under the hideous, corpulent moon… from the world ending to the Left Hand Path to H.P. Lovecraft. The Cult of Cthulhu is a religion of blood, slime, darkness, sorcery, and tentacles.

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Monday, November 26 — Packer Mania!

11/20/12 9:01 AM | Access Hour

Gary Hoffman presents Packer Maniac music and history from past to present, including Packer guard Aaron Taylor singing on the original CD recorded in Nashville. Highlights: hanging out with Brett Farve after a game and samples of an album of originals and parodies starting after the 1996 Super Bowl, plus talking about all the steps taken to get set up as a LLC, artwork, airplay, working as a vendor with major retailers, and the agony of losing the 1997 season to the Denver Broncos.

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Monday November 19 — Girls Rock Camp

11/15/12 10:19 AM | Access Hour

Former campers from Madison’s own Girls and Ladies Rock Camps play some acoustic songs and talk about their experiences at camp and how their experiences have shaped them going forward. This means live music on the air again! Beth Kille and Halle Pollay, the founders, talk about the organization and their roles in it.

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WORT turns its airwaves over to members of the community. The show opens up radio production to people that have typically not been on the air before. The show is completely different from one week to the next. Guests have included community groups, musicians, aspiring DJs, story-tellers, call-in discussions, radio plays, live bands, fans of niche music, and lots of other topics.
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