Posted by Priscilla Thain on Aug 14, 2017
 
On August 14, club members enjoyed a visit to the club of Stephan Elkins of Wisconsin Public Radio. She was accompanied by her husband, Roy Elkins.
 
Wisconsin invented public radio, Stephanie told the group.  Wisconsin in the 1920’s was agrarian and the first broadcast started with weather and prices for farming. In 1954, TV was born and WPT began to broadcast.  Classical music was the popular music of the day.
In 1967, the Public Broadcasting Act was passed.  It set aside money for public broadcasting, regulated by the government, for free, independent and accessible programming.
 
Today, WPR has 36 stations, 500,000 listeners per week and 52,000 members.  Today, Stephanie hosts “Morning Classics” on WPR from 9 to 11 am and has previously hosted “Simply Folk” and “The Midday.”  Chapter a Day is the longest running book reading program on air and Sesame Street is the most popular program.  WPR has a library of 35,000 CDs.  Wisconsin Public Radio was the start of the Wisconsin Idea.
 
Our thanks to Stephanie Elkins for her presentation and her wonderful voice and programming on WPR.