88Nine Radio Milwaukee

12 unique restaurants at SoundBites 2020

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Vinyl Comes Alive celebrates Radio Milwaukee’s roots as Jazz 89

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What: Live jazz (with a side of vinyl)
When: Nov. 8 and 9 at 8pm both nights
Where: Radio Milwaukee
Tickets: For one or both nights

As many of you know, WYMS 88Nine Radio Milwaukee is a nonprofit radio station broadcasting on 88.9 FM. Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) owns the license to 88.9 WYMS. Long before 88Nine Radio Milwaukee brought you new music and community stories, MPS used to operate WYMS as a jazz station, “Jazz 89.” In 2007 we entered into a long-term agreement to independently operate WYMS — and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee was born. Yay!

Trumpeter Jamie Breiwick plays a Miles Davis tune at last year’s Vinyl Comes Alive.

Radio Milwaukee has grown beyond a radio station, working toward creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee. However, we wouldn’t be here today without our roots. To celebrate our jazz heritage, and to utilize the massive vinyl collection, we’re converting our Walker’s Point home into a jazz club for two nights only.

The night will include a combination of vinyl from the original WYMS jazz collection and live performances with local musicians playing classics from:

Miles Davis
Thelonious Monk
John Coltrane
Herbie Hancock
Ella Fitzgerald, and many more.

Each night will host a different lineup of music with solo artists to complement the house band. Enjoy songs like “Mr. Magic,” “Chitlins Con Carne” and “How High The Moon.”

The house band features Mark Davis (piano), John Price (bass), Manty Ellis (guitar), Sam Belton (drums) and Jamie Breiwick (Trumpet). Soloists include Juli Wood (sax/voice), Adekola Adedapo (voice), B~Free (flute/voice), Jordan Lee (DJ) and Klassik (voice).

The evenings will be complete with complimentary light bites, wine and of course craft cocktails! Grab your ticket(s) and step back in time to the Jazz 89 club for a unique music experience. It’s not often you can enjoy the pleasures of original vinyl and live jazz riffs.

Thank you to our sponsor, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel.
All proceeds from Vinyl Comes Alive directly benefit non-profit 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; helping discover new music, connect people to each other and make a positive difference in Milwaukee.

We need you to help unlock a $10,000 match!

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Thanks to an incredibly generous group of Radio Milwaukee donors, we’re in the middle of our biggest matching challenge EVER! We have the chance to unlock $10,000 in matching gifts, but we need YOU to get there. Now through Oct. 8, all gifts will go toward the match!

Our daily challenge at 88Nine is to create a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee through music and stories, and that’s what your donation can help us do! What is your double donation supporting? Glad you asked!

  • Over 240 students building confidence through Grace Weber’s Music Lab, our educational program for high school musicians
  • Highlighting authentic community stories every week on-air and online
  • Hosting 30 nationally recognized artists (and counting!) this year for members-only performances
  • Investing in Milwaukee’s music scene through workshops, grants, and weekly shows at 414 Live

And don’t forget—if you donate toward this match at ANY LEVEL, you’re an 88Nine Member! You’ll be guaranteed invites to member exclusive performances, eligible for exclusive goodies, and helping us create a vibrant, diverse and thriving community.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to meet this match and keep encouraging the city that we call home!

Come one, come all, to 88Nine’s Fall Ball

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What better way to kick off the end of summer and beginning of fall than to party on 88Nine’s rooftop at the 6th annual Fall Ball? This Friday, Sept 20, join the Radio Milwaukee family for a beautiful night on the rooftop, live band karaoke and a special DJ battle.

The night will start at 6:30 p.m. on the DeMichele rooftop deck with Miller Coors beer products, Thief Wine and appetizers from Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, Devon Seafood + Steak, Firefly, Hatched MKE and JVR Catering. Party like a VIP and receive exclusive access to the rooftop an hour before everyone else (5:30–6:30 p.m.) and then enjoy beer and wine all night long!

Starting at 8 p.m. in the performance space, Milwaukee community leaders will step on stage with a live all-star band to Karaoke for a Cause in support of Radio Milwaukee. A People’s Choice Award will be rewarded at the end of the night so they will be bringing their A-game.

The party doesn’t end there! At 10 p.m. four Radio Milwaukee DJs will battle it out ’80s vs ’90s style. Bring your dancing shoes because the songs are most definitely going to get you moving. Transfer pizza will be providing the much needed late night snacks.

GA – $88.90
VIP – $150 (Limited tickets available)

All proceeds for Fall Ball directly support 88Nine and the programming you love to hear on a daily basis. It’s a donation you can feel good about while enjoying a rockin’ party at the same time.

Special thanks to our sponsors Educators Credit Union, Riverwater Partners and Von Briesen for making this night possible!

88Nine Presents: Invisible Lines

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Milwaukee with John Gurda: an intimate look at 8 neighborhoods

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National and North: a video series about empathy

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At The Threshold: a video series that takes closer look at the foster care system

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Watch trailer for our new series ‘At the Threshold’

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At the threshold trailer

Did you know roughly 2,500 kids are in need of foster care in Milwaukee?
This Spring 88Nine explores the foster care system in our new multimedia series AT THE THRESHOLD.
Watch all six episodes when they are released April 3rd and listen throughout April to hear the stories on-air.

Watch the trailer below!

Special thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services for supporting this series

At the Threshold: Exploring Milwaukee’s foster care and adoption systems

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