One of our missions at Midwest Telegraph Media Cooperative is to help connect, strenghthen and promote independent media and free press, with a focus on those here in the Midwest region.
Madison Wisconsin’s WORT FM radio station has been buzzing through the airwaves of a 50 mile radius around “Madtown” since 1975, over forty years. The station is currently run by a handful of staff and over 300 community volunteers. WORT’s call number is 89.9 FM or via the internet at www.wortfm.org.
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WORT has a rich programming of over 10 independent daily or weekly news forums and upwards of 50 unique music programs. Read on for a profile of WORT’s Independent News offerings:
A brief overview of the Independent News shows that WORT broadcasts follows:
- 8 O’Clock Buzz(weekdays): is a one-hour, upbeat morning show hosted by local personalities, including a mix of music, culture, information, news and interviews. This week, the shows covered topics such as “Reintegration Following Incarceration”, “Judge Everett Mitchel on Juvenile Justice”, “Congress Considering Giving the President More War Powers”
- Democracy Now (weekdays)-a global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.
- A Public Affair(weekdays): 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. Recent broadcasts have include: “Roseanne Barr and Racism in the News”, “Trade War with China” and “Updates on Foxconn”. “The Effects of Inequlity on Public Health”.
- Letters & Politics (weekdays): seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
- Her Turn (weekly):Information about women including news stories, in-depth features & guest interviews.”
- Mel & Floyd (weekly):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.
- Access Hour (weekly): is WORT’s commitment to community access to the airwaves. For one out of every 168 broadcast hours each week, WORT turns the airwaves over to a member of the public to program on their own. That hour is every Monday night from 7 to 8pm.
- Insurgent Radio Kiosk (daily): The Kiosk is a four minute pre-recorded segment featuring a commentary and a calendar of events for the day. Members of the public may submit.
- World View (weekly): 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.
- Labor Radio (weekly):: 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.
- WORT Local News: 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.
The prolific radio station also runs over 50 different music shows a week as well.
WORT is a listener run community non-profit station and affiliated with Pacifica Network (affiliate station)
- National Federation of Community Radio Broadcasters(NFCB)
- AMARC(World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters)
- Grassroots Radio Coalition; WORT hosted the GRC-5 and GRC-12conferences.
- Public Radio International(PRI)
- Wisconsin Broadcasters Association(WBA)
We’ll keep profiling independent media here, including stations like The Progressive Radio Network – the World’s Leading commercial free 24/7/365 progressive news and radio network. Don’t take my written word for it, though, have a listen yourself and tune-in to WORT today.