The next installment of Ex Fabula’s storytelling series, “Terminal Milwaukee,” will be a live, on-air event taking place on WMSE 91.7 FM on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm. The theme for this unique event is “Frontier Radio.”
If you are familiar with the “Terminal Milwaukee” series, you know that Ex Fabula has experienced Milwaukee through the eyes of a lifelong resident, Tom Crawford, and visited the neighborhoods he grew up in and worked in over the years. Throughout the series, audiences have heard Tom recount his days working as a longshoreman on Jones Island, growing up in his father’s Barbershop in Capitol Heights, and experiencing the racial unrest of 1960s Milwaukee as Tom moved from the north side, south across the Menominee Valley.
The theme for this event, “Frontier Radio,” characterizes WMSE 91.7 FM, which has been a vital part of Tom’s life and played a decisive role in the musical, artistic, and cultural landscape of Milwaukee since it began broadcasting in 1981. Tom started in radio in 1983 and eventually became Station Manager of WMSE, where he currently works as a community linchpin. For this particular event, a handful of WMSE DJs past and present, will be sharing their stories on the theme Frontier Radio and their personal experiences on the “frontiers” of Milwaukee. Milwaukee historian John Gurda will also contribute historical vignettes throughout the live broadcast.
There will be a small live audience for this event; however, seating is very limited. We have already extended invitations to a handful of the hardworking volunteers that have significantly contributed to making Ex Fabula and the Terminal Milwaukee Series happen and the remaining seats will be given away on Ex Fabula’s Facebook and Twitter pages leading up the March 29th event. We will give you more information on these ticket give aways very soon but in the meantime, “fan or follow” Ex Fabula if you do not already, and you may have an opportunity to attend this one of a kind, live broadcast event.
“Terminal Milwaukee” is funded in part by a major grant award from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. The WHC receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin.