Friday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 24: Nine days of cool things celebrating everything WMSE.

WMSE’s members, volunteers, and community partners make the great programming you love possible. Thank you to our community that powers this little radio station to have an amazing impact on Milwaukee’s cultural landscape. Since 1981, WMSE has been free-form and independent. We are so very grateful for the last 42 years, so let’s celebrate!

Friday, Sept. 15 – 6:30 p.m. at Times Cinema, The Friday Night Freak Show – ‘Mystery Men’ – with DJ Fun Dad

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Visit the WMSE Stage at the Bay View Bash with Olivia Jean and catch the Saturday Afternoon Boogie Bang live remote at the Bay View Bash – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

12 p.m. — Boogie Bang Gang (Live Remote Broadcast)
3:30 p.m. — World In Action
5 p.m. — The Steph Lippert Project
6:15 p.m. — Faux Fiction
7:30 p.m. — Olivia Jean

Can we talk for a second about Olivia Jean? Her mysterious, shadowy, and sexy songs are both gritty and glamorous. With the heart of 90s pop and an undercurrent of grungy surf, Olivia Jean’s artistry is going to set the WMSE stage on fire just before she leaves for a national tour with The Hives. 

Sunday, Sept. 17WMSE Day – Share #wmseday online and win cool swag! Celebrate this 9-17 day by showing your WMSE pride!  Wear your favorite WMSE gear out to a place you love, snap a selfie, and then share with the hashtag #WMSEday to be entered into a drawing!  10 people will win $20 e-giftcards to the WMSE online store and one lucky person will win $100 in gift cards to local restaurants and a big bag of WMSE Swag! Running low on WMSE gear, hit up the online store for a 15% additional automatic discount on every order only on Sept. 17.

Monday, Sept. 18Community Partner Appreciation Day – WMSE has been your trusted source for community-powered radio for more than 40 rowdy years. None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of our fantastic community partners, many of which are small local businesses who believe in WMSE and our mission.

Your organization can sponsor WMSE’s programming and events too! WMSE Account Executive Mitch is offering an extremely limited introductory sponsorship package of $917 (includes both on-air messaging and a newsletter ad). Contact Mitch at or at 414-277-6942 for information on getting your organization’s message to the best listeners in the world.

Tuesday, Sept. 19Volunteer Appreciation Day and Local/Live with Hayward Williams – Today is one of the most important days of WMSE Celebration Week. It’s the day to show love for the volunteers – including our DJs – who make this station the most rad. We want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. WMSE would be nothing without your unwavering support and commitment. Thank you to the over 240 volunteers that make WMSE’s programming and events run smoothly all yearlong. We are so appreciative of their amazing contributions to The Sound Downtown, WMSE.

Wednesday, Sept. 20Sound Citizen Sustaining Member Appreciation Day – We would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of WMSE’s Sound Citizens. They support WMSE’s amazing free-form programming with small manageable gifts from a bank account or credit card. They reduce the on-air membership drives goals and length. Thank you, Sound Citizens, we salute you! Go to and click DONATE.

Thursday, Sept. 21World Gratitude Day – “WMSE Members only show” at Promises with Radio Radio (This event is exclusive to our valued members and has limited capacity. Only WMSE members will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.) – Thank you to WMSE’s members! In the last fiscal year, members give about two-thirds of WMSE’s operating budget and are vital to WMSE’s survival.

Friday, Sept. 22 – Do not miss this incredibly special Live Remote Broadcast of Sonia’s Blues Drive – 3–5:30 p.m. at Amaranth Bakery and Cafe featuring an exhibition of 3D caricatures featuring Milwaukee musicians dubbed “It’s Not Easy Being Blue” by artist Misha Siegfried

“This project is a loving tribute to Milwaukee blues and jazz musicians. Some of these are folks I’ve played with over the years, some of them are personal heroes. But all of them have played a role in my life and in the story of Milwaukee’s vibrant music scene.” – Misha Siegfried

Stop by to see the exhibition and/or tune in at 3 p.m. for an artful afternoon of Blues and community love.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. – Doors Open – Tour the WMSE Studios, located at 820 N. Milwaukee St.
We’re thrilled to be part of @doorsopenmilwaukee, a spectacular celebration of our city’s neighborhoods, architecture, and history. Join us for an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the home of WMSE. Explore our studios, meet our team, and experience the magical world of WMSE at MSOE’s Krueger Hall. It’s the perfect finale for WMSE Celebration Week.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. – Doors Open – Tour the WMSE Studios, located at 820 N. Milwaukee St.

not easy being blue
members only event