This morning, Aug. 19, WMSE issued a press release announcing their updated talk programming roster (listed below), including new additions within the realms of Milwaukee's arts and culture community.
For 32 years, WMSE has been focusing almost entirely on music you don't hear anywhere else in Milwaukee. This community-supported station is now expanding their programming by adding cultural discussion unique to Milwaukee radio. New half-hour film, art, and general culture programs will not only feature, but also be hosted by personalities at the center of Milwaukee's arts and culture community. Station Manager Tom Crawford commented on these additions saying,
We found ourselves believing that the Milwaukee arts and culture community needed a new forum for discussion, a new voice. A voice that taps into the arts community, but with an editorial platform to expand individual voices into something collectively greater for the city. Who better to put that voice on the radio than us?
It's rare to find a local news station that directly addresses arts and culture events in detail, and for this news to come directly from those involved is very special. WMSE Promotions Director Ryan Schleicher shared his excitement in helping to pull together the mid-day roster saying,
People may not realize it, but there is a ton of freedom in radio today. We saw an opportunity to build on something that has been connecting with Milwaukee listeners and we went for it.
Crawford shares Schleicher's excitement in seeing the mid-day roster develop in saying,
We are very excited to bring this expanded, one-of-a-kind roster of programs to Milwaukee. Arts, culture and good old Milwaukee are deeply embedded in the station’s foundation. Now we get to bring it full circle. And you know what, we’re right there with the listener in experiencing the evolution of these shows. We’re just as excited to hear what transpires as anyone.
NEWLY EXPANDED WMSE MID-DAY ROSTER
Monday: 11:30am – 12:30pm - The Wild Wild Midwest Variety Show
Hosts: Ella Dwyer and Makeal Flammini
Ella and Makeal have been hosting Wild Wild Midwest since April 22, 2013 and in that short time the show has generated some of the most love-it-or-hate-it, passionate responses WMSE programming has ever received. The Wild Wild Midwest Variety show is an hour-long program that discusses the arts with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. It is, in part, an open conversation between the two that attempts to provide a sincere and humorous perspective on their struggles and personal life experiences as they pursue a life in the arts. The program features exhibition reviews, artist interviews, and a regular series of call-in characters and supposed experts including psychics, stand-up comedians, and even their grandparents.
Flammini and Dwyer co-created the mobile arts organization, "The Parachute Project", which hosted exhibitions in abandoned spaces in Milwaukee in an attempt to create an inclusive experience of art. Makeal Flammini is an artist, writer, illustrator and community organizer. She conducts a regular interview series, "The Peanut Gallery", on her website (http://makealcflammini.blogspot.com/) and her most recent interview was published in Believer Magazine. Dwyer, In addition to being an artist and an arts organizer, runs online vintage shop Fox and Fawns.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWildWildMidwestVarietyShow
Tuesday: Noon – 12:30pm - No Revisions
Hosts: Milwaukee Magazine staff, featuring Editor Kurt Chandler and Senior Editor Howie Magner
What happens when you over-caffeinate a few city magazine editors and replace their delete keys with microphones? The voices of Milwaukee Magazine come off the pages and onto the airwaves, reflecting and dissecting the personalities, stories and issues of the city we call home. Join a rotating cast of MilMag editors and share in their access to the area’s cultural leaders and tastemakers, all painstakingly forged through years of crafting “Best Of” issues and awkwardly intimate profiles. Hear the stories behind the stories along with their takes on whatever may have the town talking today. On-air fact-checking not guaranteed.
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/milwaukeemag
Wednesday: Noon – 12:30pm – The Disclaimer
Hosts: Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski (Shepherd Express), Matt Wild (AV Club)
The Disclaimer, featuring three guys employed by three independent Milwaukee media institutions, has aired since the summer of 2012 and is one of the driving forces behind WMSE’s expanded mid-day programming. Response has been exceptional as the guys have covered a wide range of topics varying in cultural importance to Milwaukee including recapping "Envisioning the Seen" events, opining on Summerfest’s near riot, discussing Milwaukee’s “foodie” revolution, the decline of art and culture critics and more.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheDisclaimer
Thursday: Noon – 12:30pm – The Tiny Film Invasion
Hosts: Angela Catalano and Blyth Meier
The Tiny Film Invasion is your weekly dose of American & International independent film talk. Angela and Blyth will be talking about all things cinematic from film industry news and local screenings to nerdy techy stuff and rad women directors. Angela and Blyth have a long history of being tiny, and loving film. At 5'1", Angela has always had to climb counters to grab food. She holds an MA in Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies from UW-Milwaukee, studies surveillance in media and sound design in horror films, and is the Programming Manager for Milwaukee Film. Towering over her co-host at 5'2", Blyth was always placed in the front row of school choir. She earned her MFA in filmmaking from UW-Milwaukee, has screened her films internationally, and is the Marketing Director for Milwaukee Film. The ladies also have in common a love of cycling, fine beers, and dancing like tiny maniacs. Neither of them wears high heels, 'cause you know, THEY EMBRACE THE TINY.
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/tinyfilmradio
Friday: Noon – 12:30pm – Art City
Hosts: Mary Louse Schumacher and the Art City Contributors
Art, architecture and urban design have become critical tools for renewal in post-industrial cities across America. Here in Milwaukee, culture has become a driving force in a new story being told about the city. Art City on WMSE will tap into candid dialogue that will both celebrate and question the ways in which Milwaukee aspires to be an “art city.” What will be the fate of Wisconsin Avenue? Will the explosion in public art proposals actually create revitalization? What is indigenous to Milwaukee’s cultural community? Who are the great artists and architects here? Where does cultural influence lie? These are the kinds of questions Art City dig into on the program, while also simply showcasing the culture we care about, locally and internationally.
Some may know Art City already. It is name of Mary Louise Schumacher’s column and online journal for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It is also a community of contributors, smart people who know what they’re talking about – artists, critics, curators, architects and designers. Schumacher, the paper’s art and architecture critic, has won national awards for new media innovation, commentary, blogging and feature writing. She will lead the discussion along with Art City contributors such as Stacey Williams-Ng, an artist, writer and interactive children’s book publisher, and Jennifer Johung, a contemporary art and architecture historian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Adam Carr will bring the voices of intriguing Milwaukeeans to the show in a series of brief “Art City Asks” interviews. Carr will also produce the show with WMSE’s Ryan Schleicher and Don Moore.
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/artcity
For more information about WMSE, please visit http://www.wmse.org/.