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How Madison native Orson Welles cooked up a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds

I always think about Orson Welles this time of year. For me, Halloween is associated with his War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which caused a national panic on October 30, 1938. >More
 Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke is a bold voice for Wisconsin agriculture

On a soggy spring morning Pam Jahnke greets me from the top of the stairs at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's west-side office. A broken foot bone makes walking up and down steps painful for her. Her tennis shoes are loosely laced. "Boot cast?" I suggest, having fractured a few metatarsals myself, and she scoffs at the idea. >More
 On its 38th anniversary, WORT considers the participatory power of community radio

WORT celebrates 38 years of community radio with a party at High Noon Saloon this Saturday, Dec. 7. Local bands the Jimmys, Earl Foss & the Brown Derby and Icarus Himself will perform, and birthday cake will be served. But the station's diverse musical offerings are just a slice of what makes it integral to Madison's media landscape. >More
 Pat Gallagher gets outpouring of support after departing 105.5 Triple M

It's been a tough year for local radio personalities, with shrinking budgets and format changes yielding numerous layoffs at WTDY. The latest casualty is Pat Gallagher, who served as a program director and midday host for the adult alternative station 105.5 Triple M. >More
 The poet of Madison rush hour: Katie Austin has become the must-follow tweeter of traffic

Traffic in Madison is "absolutely getting worse," says Katie Austin, the doyenne of Madison driving. Austin is everywhere on area radio, with her updates on a half-dozen stations, including in Spanish on La Movida, and on News 3 This Morning. >More
 The road to 45 North

The show's teetering on the brink of catastrophe, and the listeners have absolutely no idea. First the phone system crashed -- on the one day the studio engineer is not on site -- and it could go out again at any moment. Rhonda Fanning, one of the show's two producers, is frantically trying to get today's guest, Albert Mazibuko of the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the phone. Mazibuko was there a minute ago, but now his cell's mysteriously busy. >More
 Jason Neulander and Buzz Moran discuss the sights and sounds of The Intergalactic Nemesis

Born as coffee-shop performance project in Austin, Texas, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up the comic-book art of 1930s-era pulp serials with the vocal performances and live foley work of a classic radio drama. Dubbed a "live-action graphic novel," the show went on to play for audiences in movie houses and theater spaces in 60 cities around the country. Director Jason Neulander and foley artist Buzz Moran, a Madison native, discuss epic adventure storytelling and unexpected sound effects before their performances of Book 1 and Book 2 at Overture Center on Saturday, March 23. >More
 Madison community groups find a voice in low-power FM radio

Up the hill from Vitense Golf Course on Madison's west side sits an unassuming single-story home. I pull into the driveway on a recent sunny autumn day, double-check the address and look for a few clues that this, indeed, is a hub for perhaps one of the most important media revolutions currently under way. And there they are: a small purple neon swirl hangs from eaves of the garage announcing 99.1, and tucked between two pine trees is a tall, spindly radio antenna. >More
 Michael Feldman celebrates 25 years of Whad'Ya Know?

It has already outlasted TV's Ed Sullivan Show (which aired for 23 seasons) and Merv Griffin Show (22). Now, as Madison-based radio quiz show Whad'Ya Know? marks its 25th anniversary, host Michael Feldman is on the verge of surviving Larry King Live (ending this fall after 25 years). >More
 Changing channels at Wisconsin Public Radio

On July 1, Phil Corriveau, director of Wisconsin Public Radio, resigned. Still recovering from a 2008 stroke, he's been moved out of the network's campus headquarters and given a Beltline job. Officially, he's "director emeritus," leading research and collaboration at the Educational Communications Board and the University Wisconsin-Extension. In some ways, it's a step up. But Corriveau's heart is, frankly, breaking. It's difficult for him even to find the words. >More
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