Founder and Current President, WORT Board of Directors
As a kid in the 1950s I received a transistor radio for Christmas one year. Transistor radios had just come out. I could plug in an earphone and listen to the radio when I was supposed to be asleep. I was fascinated by music, news and sports. Back then, the Milwaukee baseball team was the Braves. I grew up in Janesville, and I could receive stations in Janesville, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and late at night, KDKA in Pittsburgh, and KAAY in Little Rock. My uncle Ray was an engineer at WHA in Madison. During one visit to Madison he took me to the WHA transmitter, and I was enthralled by the tower and transmitter. Back then, Wisconsin Public Radio did a Weather Round-Up, which featured a statewide forecast from Madison, and then went from station-to-station all over their network, with the engineers giving personal weather condition observations from Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau (on Rib Mountain), Superior, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and many others.
Rockin’ John McDonald Celebrates 45 Years On-Air
Recall The Early Days of WORT
WORT’s original Co-Founders–Dave and Danielle Devereaux-Weber and Mark Timpany set up “Human Radio Corporation” with bylaws, officers and a bank account and began drafting the FCC license application. They placed an ad in the Alternative Radio Exchange which Mike O’Connor responded to. Mike joined efforts with the original Co-Founders and when contacted recently to reflect on those heady days for WORT’s 45th birthday, sent us a veritable treasure trove of remembrances and scans of printed materials which we hope you will enjoy. . .
Birthday Boost This Friday and Saturday
December 4th & 5th, 8am-8pm
Friday Eight O’Clock Buzz
Mud Acres Bluegrass Special
A Public Affair Friday
Mel and Floyd
Mel and Mr. Smarty Pants
Who Cooks For You?
A Letter From The Other Mr. S.
The Mrs. and I have been sheltering in place since the beginning of the plague, no gym, no massages, no socializing. I miss going to the station and seeing the staff and the crew from Labor Radio and the other Friday night hosts. I miss searching the record racks for requests and checking the display of on-line listeners. Dave has been assembling the shows from home. I send him my spoken comments via email and leave my music in his mailbox. Anyone can contact me through my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe everyone! Happy Holidays!