Cultivate a relationship with your food and the farmers who feed us, and discover what’s fresh and in season in Southern Wisconsin. Come along for 5 Minutes on the Farm.
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.
All Around Jazz
A diverse collection of jazz specials, features, and festivals from around the world.
Classical music of all eras and varieties Goes with host Rich Samuels.
12pm Monday - Friday
Patty Peltekos, Carousel Bayrd, Lilada Gee, Allen Ruff, & Esty Dinur
A Public Affair is WORT's daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.
Back Porch Serenade
Your Tuesday morning "serious" music show. The focus is on chamber music and the intersection of elite and vernacular traditions.
With themes such as politics, work, home or around the music of a particular person, host Bill Malone puts emphasis on “classic” and “alternative” country music – what you can’t hear on Top 40 radio.
Below The Radar
1st Friday, TBD; 2nd Friday, Live and Local, Collective; 3rd, 4th & 5th Fridays, Fiction Jones, Gregg Williard
Best of Gospel
blues, gospel, & R&B
We play Gospel music to minister to our listeners about the saving Grace of our Lord.
Better Living Through Showtunes
Meghan Randolph, Tim Sauers & Kirk Stantis
Promoting cultural glitteracy through musical theater! Better Living Through Show Tunes brings you the best of musical theater, Broadway and the silver screen. Mostly music, but also interviews and information about local productions. Southern Wisconsin's only radio program dedicated to musical theater. Hosted by Meghan Randolph (1st, 4th and 5th Sundays); Tim Sauers (2nd Sundays) and Kirk Stantis (3rd Sundays).
blues, gospel, & R&B
Your weekly journey through the blues from the early 50′s through the present. You may hear some Deep Soul, some Zydeco and whatever else I feel like playing that week as well.
Bright Lights Tonight
11PM-Midnight the First Friday of the Month
Themes and Dreams with Audio Experimentation. Bright Lights Tonight is a one hour Aural journey from where you've been to where you're going.
8am Monday - Friday
Brian Standing, Haywood Simmons & Michelle Naff, Jan Miyasaki, Tony Castaneda, & Jonathan Zarov
The 8 O’Clock Buzz is a one-hour, upbeat morning show that brings you a mix of music, culture, information, news and interviews.
2-5am Alternating Thursdays
Classic rock and retro pop.
A weekly look at the threats to the health of our body politic.
5-6pm Monday thru Thursday & 4:30-5:30pm Friday
Amy Goodman & Juan González
A daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González.
Listening to music from many cultures reveals we are all made of the same stuff. Diaspora is a celebration of humanity, of the common things that tie us all together in a world that often seems perilously fractured.
Each week, Deb Biechler brings you updates on local phenology - the study of seasonal changes to plants and animals- as well as timely environmental issues. Deb is a freelance writer and part-time college instructor from Waterloo, Wisconsin.
Valeria Navarro, Jaime Vargas Luna, Nadya Ponce, Nora Chávez, Jorge Zeballos & Vanessa López Barquero
Programa de conversación en español. Originalmente parte de In Our Backyard, En Nuestro Patio ha crecido hasta convertirse en un importante espacio de información y discusión en WORT. Cada semana, se discuten en el programa temas locales y globales relevantes para las comunidades hispanas y latinas. // Spanish speaking talk-show. Originally a feature on IOBY, En Nuestro Patio has grown into a major news program at WORT. Each week's show discusses relevant local and global issues concerning Hispanic and Latino communities.
Classic jazz and swing from the 1920s to the 1950s; recordings by big bands, vocalists and small combos.
Classical music on a theme with host Perry Allaire.
Weekly dose of sound nutrition with host Cardinal Din!
Creative music from this Earth and others!
A former Madison Alder takes you through the week in local government and points out what's important.
Harry Rag, DJ el Serpentine, Bill the Walkin Dr, TED OFFENSIVE
An unpredictable collage of popular and unpopular music from the last 60 years, with the latest releases mixed in and around the "old" songs. Plus, plenty of unannounced special programs on specific artists, sub-genres, or themes.
An irreverent look at sports from Madison, WI.
Martin Alvarado, Dan Talmo, and Helena White
Folk music from the world over, with an emphasis on workers' and rebel songs and local political music.
Alejandro Alonso Galva & Sarah Hopefl
We breakdown the difference between Obamacare and Trumpcare into edible bites, while also looking back at the 50 year history of the U.S. healthcare battle. "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated."
Her Infinite Variety
Steph Stringer, Cooper Talbot
Music featuring and highlighting women's voices as singers, song-writers and women fronted bands...Women's Music and their talents.
Her Turn News Collective
We keep you abreast of women's news & put the broads back in broadcasting! Information about women including news stories, in-depth features & guest interviews.
Hmong Radio Show
Hmong Radio features international news, state and local news, and community announcements relevant to the Hmong community. It also includes traditional Hmong songs and other music. Hmong Radio is broadcast in the Hmong language.
Rockin' John McDonald
Rock’n’roll mostly from the 50s and 60s with host Rockin’ John McDonald. Hits, b-sides, alternate takes, unreleased cuts, tracks out of print, rockabilly, surf music; also music from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s that “fits the format.”
6-7pm Monday thru Thursday
WORT Local News presents alternative viewpoints in its news - both in the sources it uses and the stories it covers. Newscasts include local and state news, weather, and regular features. It aims to give underrepresented people a voice.
In One End
Monday - Friday
Weekdays at 5AM, 6:30AM, 9AM and 2PM. The Insurgent Radio Kiosk is a four minute segment aired four times a day that includes a two-minute commentary and a calendar of free and low-cost community events. Event announcements are generally run on the day of the event or on Friday for the Weekend Action Calendar.
Host Gary Alderman professionally sells rare and out-of-print jazz vinyl, and also sells rare jazz publications (old Down Beat mags, etc.) Gary is a jazz historian and a great source of discographical and discological information.
11pm-2am Alternating Tuesday
Dedicated to heavy, psychedelic, progressive and underground music from the 20th and 21st centuries, from all genres and all over the globe.
Agustin Olvera, DJ Rumba, Alfredo Rodriguez
Salsa and Latin Jazz.
News by, for, and about working people. Labor Radio's mission includes strengthening local unions, increasing the breadth and depth of media coverage on labor issues, and providing for the information needs of the community.
Leopard Print Lounge
11pm-2am Alternate Tuesdays
Jenni, Your Leopard Print Lounge Hostess
Dedicated to playing you all the best in modern & classic international garage rock, garage punk, FUZZ, freakbeat, Northern Soul, R&B, rockabilly, psych, FUZZ, power pop, and 50s & 6Ts. We call it "primitive rock-n-roll," and especially like to focus on lesser-known, independent or unsigned acts from around the world. From mod to Ted, Mersey to Medway, 6Ts to the Space Age, it's all happening here on Tuesday nights!
Letters & Politics
1-2pm Monday thru Thursday
A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide.
11pm-12am 2nd Friday of the Month
2nd Friday of the month. Recording of a live performance by a local artist. Best (original) theme song on the entire WORT schedule!
Música y conversación en español con Cipriano.
Topical tales of Madison's influential people and critical events from long ago.
Mel & Floyd
Two wacky guys broadcast a hilarious blend of political commentary, weird news, and stand-up comedy. Mel & Floyd were voted Madison's favorite radio personalities in the Isthmus reader's poll in 2009.
Matt Myers and Mike Hinz
9am - noon Friday
Bluegrass and acoustic music.
Alan Muirhead, John W. Barker, Carol Moseson
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music from early chant to 1750, voice, choral, and period instruments
On the Horizon
Paul Novak, Ford Blackwell, and Helena White
International/world/ethnic music of all sorts, from contemporary to historical, pop to classical and folk rock, studio to field, traditional-fusion.
New and old selections of folk, rock, alt country, acoustic blues and indie singer-songwriter.
Music from world classical traditions in a wide range of styles and eras and focusing on women composers, performers and conductors.
Dylan, Wyatt Elmore
Radio for kids & the young at heart! SUNDAYS @ 6:30PM with hosts Dylan, Wyatt and Clay.
Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, various artists
Popular and traditional music of Africa and the Caribbean. New releases from throughout Africa are featured in an effort to bring African music into the American mainstream.
Phil Live On The Air
2-5am Alternating Thursdays
Live concerts and recorded rarities.
Perpetual Notion Machine is a look at contemporary scientific issues and discoveries in a way that is accessible, understandable and entertaining to the non-scientists of the listening community.
Reverend Velveteen Sly & Bad Sister Heidi
New and unusual music with hosts Reverend Velveteen, Bad Sister Heidi and assorted guests. 8-11pm: The Hour of Slack. Radio ministry of the Church of the Sub Genius.
Queery features local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news & information that affecting Madison's LGBT community in a news magazine format. The first show of every month is music.
Anna Williams, Jaqueline Goldstein, Zach Pace, Ben Rosenwasser
Radio Astronomy is a down-to-Earth dialogue between UW Madison astronomers exploring the latest in space and astronomy news.
Radio Literature is a weekly half-hour program devoted to poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and theater from Wisconsin and beyond. It often features discussion with writers, as well as readings of their work.
A Rational Basis is a weekly review of Wisconsin legal news produced in cooperation with WORT fm-Madison and the American Constitution Society.
11pm-2am 1st Thursdays
D.J. el Serpentine
Host D.J. el Serpentine explores the wildest kingdoms of all untamed rock music that jumps genres and spans the decades.
The Music Shop
Diverse music and conversation.
Rock en Español
Latin and Iberian rock, ska and hip hop hosted by Geovani Gonzales
Ian Earbleed hosts while Gregory is on sabbatical.
Electronic, experimental, classical, ethnoidal and improvised music. Ian Earbleed hosts while Gregory is on sabbatical.
6 - 6:30pm Sunday
WORT's Arab-American show, Salamat seeks to create bridges of communication, education, entertainment, and understanding of Arabs in general and Arab-Americans in particular. The show includes cultural segments, music, news from the Arab world, trivia quizzes, recipes, and more.
This program invites listeners to share what is on Sara's Table as she prepares dishes for the week, explores different cuisines, returns to old favorites, and shares great food and drinks with friends.
blues, gospel, & R&B
Mr. "Smokey" G. & Mister Dance
Come and hang out at Smokey's Joint, where the soulful funky grooves are your Saturday night party just waiting for you to tune in.
Techno, ambient, industrial and more.
Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds
Avant garde, adventurous jazz and an eclectic mix of other styles.
The Vinyl Resting Place
The Vinyl Resting Place is a blazing sonic mixture of Barn Stormin' Toe Tappin' String Bendin' Head Bangin' sounds from Rock-n-Roll's Past, Present and Future. In 2009, your host – Vinyl Richie – (Rock Junkie + Musical Obsessive) rose from the ashes of WORT's Monster Crawfish Road Rally Extravaganza to create the Vinyl Resting Place for the airwaves. Radio that is always evolving, both timeless and avant-garde, like a Lava Lamp for your ears. Tune in and turn it up!
The oldest news show at WORT, World View newscasts include a half-hour round-up of the week’s international news, followed by a 20-30 minute feature, often a speech or in-depth interview.
A first person account of Nigel stuffing his face, This Is What I Ate features dining reviews with a philosophical bent from favorite spots around Madison and beyond!
News magazine on gay and lesbian issues.
Madison-focused arts and music conversations you won't hear anywhere else, from tonemadison.com.
Roots, rock steady, reggae, ska and conscious dancehall. Host F.R.P., the messenjah, teachin' the youts 'bout roots and kulcha!
blues, gospel, & R&B
Bonnie Kalmbach, Art Schuna
Blues from the 1920s to the present with a little zydeco and southern soul added to the mix, hosted by Art Schuna and Dave Leucinger. Since 1999, the show has done special features on blues artists including interviews discussing their careers and music. Unfortunately, we can't give you the music without violating copyright acts but we can give you the interviews.
Rap and soul with Bo$$ Lady.
Weekly World Noise
The Real Jaguar
Tasty music for all palates.
Each week, Jackie gives you practical tips on what to do when encountering sick or injured wildlife. Jackie Edmunds is the Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Coordinator for the Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center. She holds an advanced license for wildlife rehabilitation and permit for banding wild birds in the state of Wisconsin.
The very NEWEST releases and archival indie rock. Some classics as well.