RadioWaves Header 1
KP and VR at WPR's Central Time
Test Photo Size
New Shows: Central Time, TED Radio and More 
On July 1, we will be launching a brand new WPR show - Central Time.  It was developed by a team of experienced producers with hosts Rob Ferrett and Veronica Rueckert (pictured above).  We sought input from listeners, consultants and colleagues at stations around the nation to create a daily show that balances news and culture, conversation and commentary, call-in and interview while maintaining a distinctly Wisconsin personality.  You can get a taste of the show during a special pilot broadcast this Friday at 3 p.m. on our Ideas Network stations.

And, we're pleased to announce that three other new programs will also join the Ideas Network schedule in July: America's Test Kitchen Radio, TED Radio Hour and Snap JudgmentAmerica's Test Kitchen Radio is a weekly show filled with clear, practical cooking information, without the gourmet fuss.  The program is produced by the same people who created the popular public television cooking show and the national magazine, Cook's Illustrated.  Host Chris Kimball will introduce you to an eclectic collection of test cooks and food experts from the Test Kitchen, and people that approach food and cooking from unique and useful perspectives.

TED Radio Hour, hosted by NPR veteran Guy Raz, is a weekly journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create.  Each episode includes excerpts from the renowned TED Talks plus guest interviews.  And according to Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington his program is best described as, "... storytelling with a beat."  Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives.  The show takes listeners on a narrative journey - leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire.

These shows are part of some exciting changes coming to the Ideas Network in July.  Stay tuned to your email - we'll announce complete details on Monday, June 24.
NPR special correspondent Michele Norris explores perspectives on race in her new series.
Michele Norris' Race Card

When NPR's Michele Norris took time off to work on a personal book about family secrets and race - The Grace of Silence - she didn't know how much it would resonate with people everywhere.  "All over the country people who came to hear about my story wound up sharing their own," she said on her blog.

Now Norris is working with NPR to explore a different kind of conversation about race.  She asks people to think about their experiences, observations, triumphs, laments, theories or anthems about race or cultural identity - then to take those thoughts and distill them down to one six-word sentence - what she calls "the race card."

Thousands of people have shared their six-word stories and every so often Norris will dip into the trove of stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

You can find hundreds of submissions and submit your own stories at

The New WPR Logo Introducing the New WPR Logo 

You may have noticed that this issue of RadioWaves looks a little different.  In addition to making changes to the content based on input from you, our readers, we're pleased to offer you the very first look at our new logo.  We'll be rolling it out slowly over the coming months, so here's a little background on the concept ...

Every day, Wisconsin Public Radio helps listeners make connections.  Whether we do it by bringing together diverse viewpoints, unexpected topics or by simply allowing people separated by geographic, cultural or ideological distances to engage one another, we are all about making connections.

Like a Venn diagram, the new WPR logo represents an abstract expression of those connections.  Three sets of seven concentric circles represent the diversity of our services and people we serve. We have three networks.  We have three ways we serve (on-air, online, in the community).  We have three formats (news, talk, music).  We inform, inspire and engage.  And, we have seven regional offices.

The design reflects our clean and modern sensibility with a nod to our past.  Some see broadcast tower beacons in the design.  Others see soundwaves from speakers, people talking on the corner, or vinyl records.  Whatever you see, we hope this new look comes to represent WPR's commitment to creating connections, inspiring ideas and building community.
WPR's Karl Schmidt Joins Broadcasters Hall of Fame

This month, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association will induct WPR's Karl Schmidt into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  
In honoring Karl, the WBA wrote:
"Karl F. Schmidt is the nationally known voice of Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day and likely holds the record for longest broadcasting career in Wisconsin radio: At the time of his induction into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame at age 90, Schmidt was still on the air and celebrating his 72nd year in radio. Throughout his career, Schmidt's innovative programming and creative leadership influenced the development of public broadcasting locally and nationwide.
Schmidt began his broadcasting career at WHA Radio in 1941 and continued it with Armed Forces Radio during World War II.  After the war as a returning student at the University of Wisconsin he was hired by Harold McCarty, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee, to read for WHA Radio's Chapter A Day program.  He went on to do color commentary for Badger Football; create Earplay, an internationally lauded radio drama that ran from 1972 to 1980; head the National Center for Audio Experimentation; and serve on the founding board of National Public Radio and the board of National Educational Radio. He has won two Peabody awards, an Armstrong Award, and the world-renowned Prix Italia."
Karl joins past Hall of Fame inductees from WPR Harold Engel, Ron Bornstein and Earle Terry.

Michael Feldman Visit Big Top with Wisconsin Public Radio
Our short list of quintessential Wisconsin entertainment experiences includes a trip to the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield for a live music show and a chance to laugh with our own Michael Feldman (pictured above) at a live broadcast of Whad'Ya Know?.  It just so happens that this summer you can do both on the same weekend.

Wisconsin Public Radio is offering a special three-day bus trip to visit the legendary Big Top Chautauqua from August 1 to 3.  The trip includes comfortable round-trip motor coach transportation to Bayfield from La Crosse, Eau Claire and Rice Lake; Big Top Chautauqua tickets to two live shows - Stories for the Water (August 1) and Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? (August 3); lodging; and three meals.

Make a journey toward the sea with an evening of music reflected off American waters.  Tell your friends and relatives to listen for YOU playing the quiz with Michael!  And enjoy Wisconsin with friends on the shores of Lake Superior.  Seats are limited.  Find complete registration details online or call Wisconsin Public Radio in Eau Claire at 1-800-228-5615.  The registration deadline is July 10.
Stephanie Elkins Meet WPR's Stephanie Elkins at Old World Wisconsin on June 29

Join Simply Folk host Stephanie Elkins for a day of singing, dancing and crafting to celebrate Wisconsin's "Melting Pot of Cultures" at Old World Wisconsin on Saturday, June 29.

WPR is proud to sponsor "Celebrate Wisconsin Folklife," a month-long series of fun, family-friendly events featuring some of the foods, music and traditions that make Wisconsin unique.

Old World Wisconsin is a living history museum that documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin.  It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Get more information about Folk Day with Stephanie Elkins at Old World Wisconsin.

Featured Photo (Top)
Moments before their first pilot broadcast, the Central Time team found time to laugh.  Pictured - producer KP Whaley (left) and host Veronica Rueckert.
Sound Bits
Happy Fiscal New Year
Please make a gift to WPR by June 30 and help us start the next fiscal year strong.
Click here to donate.

45 North Sound Salon Coming June 28

Five-time Grammy-nominated producer and performer Henry Sapoznik will share the remarkable stories behind the Mayrent Collection of historic Jewish records, and steer us to the great performances they continue to inspire.  He'll even play a few songs learned off some of those scratchy old 78's.  The Sound Salon is free and open to the public. 

To find out more and reserve your seat at the WPR studios in Madison click on 45 North's web page.
Dig Into The Midday Archives
Enjoy Norman Gilliland's interviews and in-studio guests any time with WPR's program archives.  Stream the audio or download an MP3 to listen at your convenience.
Click here for music and conversation courtesy of The Midday.

Quick Links
Be Part of WPR's Online Community

Facebook   Twitter   
Wisconsin Public Radio | |
821 University Avenue  Madison, WI 53706

Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.