With Erin Wolf and Cal Roach Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Remind Me
Every Tuesday since February of 2005, WMSE has welcomed a Milwaukee-area artist into the Bob and Genie Friedman Live Performance Studio to perform a full set live on the airwaves, made possible by WMSE’s amazing sound engineer Billy Cicerelli.
Wolf and Roach collaborate to book, curate, feature and converse with musicians, groups and bands primarily from the Milwaukee area (all from Wisconsin) with the intent to feature the new and up-and-coming alongside seasoned veterans. WMSE engineer Billy Cicerelli is at the helm of each weekly band performance, giving each performing band the option of taking and using the recording of their live performance for WMSE’s Local/Live, should they choose.
The show begins with an introduction and bio of the week’s musician(s) from Wolf and Roach before the week’s guest kicks off their first live set of original music (engineered by WMSE’s Billy Cicerelli). Following the initial live performance is an in-depth interview, lead by Wolf and Roach. Another live set follows and the show winds down in the final minutes of the hour with each week’s Local/Live guest(s) talking about and playing a song from another artist that has served as an inspiration to them over the years or at the moment, called “This Is Your Song” (a segment within a segment).
It started with piano lessons and listening to excellent 50s–70s-era records and classical and polka radio with the family; some time later, during the mid-90s, alternative radio burrowed a permanent hole into Erin Wolf’s eardrums. Paired with the influence of an older sibling’s ever-growing, grunge-tinged music collection, music writing for the college paper at UWM, going to shows and experimenting with playing non-classical-style piano, a new musical direction was invested in. 2004’s first weekly Rockleidoscope program plugged away at and into both the local and national side of new rock, pop and more on the WMSE airwaves and still continues to do so. Since and in-between, Wolf has written about music for Vital Source Magazine, VenusZine, Fan-belt.com, the Shepherd Express and the Onion’s AV Club Milwaukee, spent time behind the piano and mic in Milwaukee-based bands and taken on the role as Music Director at WMSE as of 2011.
Who is Cal?
Cal’s first DJ gig was at WMUR during his freshman year at Marquette University, where he could be heard only on the school’s public access TV channel. (Unsanctioned) On-air giveaways included a used copy of Phil Collins’ Both Sides. Cal has decided to take the name of that show to his grave. Since there was no DJ major offered at Marquette, he went with writing instead. You can find his work primarily at Milwaukee Record, You-Phoria.com, and occasionally in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He didn’t return to the airwaves until sitting in on Radio Drill Time in 2011. The following year, the opportunity to co-host Local/Live popped up. Barely knowing which light meant “on air,” he nevertheless jumped at the chance. After all, it’s just radio; it’s not like anyone would be videotaping him with bike-helmet-hair, fidgeting in his chair.