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Donate & Win!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in News |

Donate to WDRT by December 31st and you’re entered to win lots of great prizes, including these great gift boxes from award-winning local dairy producer Nordic Creamery. This wonderful gift box could be delivered to your door. Support the only source of community radio in Southwest Wisconsin and donate today. Donate...

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Donate & Win a Mug!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News |

WDRT has a limited batch of locally-crafted coffee mugs from local potter (& WDRT DJ) Greg Cheesebro. We have 20 of these mugs… want one? Just donate to WDRT by December 31st, and you’ll get your chance!   Donate...

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Season of Giving Gift Spotlight: Kickapoo Coffee

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in News |

WDRT is thankful to partner with Kickapoo Coffee during our Season of Giving Membership Drawing. Donate to WDRT between now and December 31st, and you’re automatically entered to win a $20 Gift Card from Kickapoo Coffee. You can buy coffee or gifts at, or use it at the Kickapoo Coffee shop in Viroqua! Donate Now....

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Radio Free Space Presents Community Celebration Of Place Radio Hour with Brothers of Story & Song, Sunday November 27th

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in News |

Listen to a recording of a special performance at Leo & Leona’s at Newburg Corners. Featuring Brothers of Story & Song: Raldo Schneider, Larry Long, Clay Riness, and Eddie Allen with Master Storyteller Tom Thibodeau, Dan Sebranek (Guitar), Larry Dalton (Upright Bass). Recorded live by Brett Huus on December 2, 2016. Special Note: These old friends and fellow songsmiths will be back to reheat the soufflé they whipped up last year at Leo & Leona’s on Friday, December 1st, 7:30 PM. Listen Here. Leo & Leona’s: Community Celebration of Place:

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Bob Hill Talks about WDRT’s ’78’ Record Library

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in News |

In recent years, station volunteers have been putting energy into organizing and cataloging our own collection of ‘shellac.’ WDRT Board Member and volunteer Bob Hill has spearheaded the organizing and curating of our 78 library. What do find special about WDRT’s 78 collection, and 78 records in general?  As I work through the donated 78s and those that I have purchased and donated to WDRT, I was not surprised to see a large amount of post WWII pop music. What I was impressed by and still find hard to wrap my head around is the sizeable collection of early Vaudeville artists who were drawn to the medium as a way of extending the experience of their performance. In these records I find myself lost to some degree because I did not have a first hand experience with seeing the Vaudeville performance that the record represents. The pacing is slow and some of the references lost. The hard part is making the leap to the fact that these recordings are, in many cases, more than 100 years old. It is amazing to hear work from this time period in history, before WWI and well before motion pictures and many radio shows. Live performance ruled the day and the “record” was an extension of that experience. It was not until later that artists recognized the recorded medium as a mode of expression all its own. To listen to early Vaudeville recordings without the aid of research and study can leave the listener confused and questioning how this was entertainment at all. We have to be reminded that these artists assumed that the reason you bought the record is so that you can remember / relive the performance. In all of the records that I have listened to and collected, only this period of recording creates that dissonance and wonder. Will I ever fully understand these recordings without the possibility of ever experiencing the live performance. Do you have any favorites or specific 78’s you’ve found in the collection? The expression of Jazz on 78 is pure. I love listening closely to the record and hear the occasional distant side talk between musicians, clearing of throats and other sounds that modern recording would never allow. Keep in mind that these early Jazz recordings were the result of capturing one take of musicians playing live in a studio. There were no tracks or tape to isolate and layer the music together. In most cases it was a single microphone capturing everything. As artists and producers, you kept the one you thought was the best. In some cases it was the only one you could pay for. Many of these early artists did not transfer over to 45 and 33PM formats, either because they did not have the following or they had passed on. In many cases the only way to hear this music is...

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