Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has also worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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Friday marks the opening of the annual Beloit International Film Festival, where attendees will see independent films and short features alike. One of the shorts is called One Small Step,  an animated film about a young girl named Luna who realizes her dream of becoming an astronaut with the support of her father along the way.

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One of Milwaukee's favorite treats is the cruller doughnut — or you may know it as a kruller or crawler, but we'll get into that in a bit. After getting a couple of questions from community members about the Milwaukee doughnut staple, we decided to dig into the history of crullers and explore a bakery known for them.

First, a bit of history on doughnuts in general. Food historian Kyle Cherek says doughnuts can be traced back to biblical times.

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The Beloit International Film Festival is a 10-day tribute to the power of film. It’s also an appreciation for indie films made here in U.S. and around the globe. Each year, the quaint Wisconsin town hosts locals and film tourists alike as audiences get a chance to see films not easily found in the local multiplex.

  Editor's note: This interview originally aired on Sept. 23, 2014

The vision of the end of civilization in Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel would be chilling enough – a fast-moving plague from overseas wipes out nearly everyone it touches – even without the real-life Ebola outbreak killing people in Africa.

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On Feb. 24, film lovers of all sorts will gather around their televisions to cringe, cry, laugh and cheer during the 91st Academy Awards. For the first time since 1989, the show will be hostless. However, this doesn't mean it won't be entertaining, as the show has already been the center of controversy after officially announcing the nominees. From Black Panther to BlacKKKlansman, to A Star is Born and Green Book, there is much to be said regarding the diverse films up for the golden statuette.


This weekend, 14 teams of high school students from throughout Wisconsin will be competing in the SkillsUSA Wisconsin Carpentry TeamWorks State Competition at the State Fair Exposition Center. Four-person teams will construct a section of a home from scratch in just under 12 hours, and the finished product will include far more than just four walls.

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A recent report on NPR said that cyberattacks originating in China are continuing to increase, even as the number of indictments and charges against hackers has increased as well. The proliferation of online transactions, and the so-called Internet of Things — devices that allow us to connect remotely — has raised the risk of hacking across a wide spectrum of our lives.


Wisconsin has been hit hard this winter — from snowstorms to a polar vortex that brought dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills to the region. But even on the coldest days, with temperatures falling well below zero, a few dedicated runners or bikers will skip the gym and exercise outside.

The last time Trapper Schoepp played in the Lake Effect performance studio, it was tracks from his EP based on the rides at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay. 

READ: Trapper Schoepp Pays Tribute to a Wisconsin Landmark in 'Bay Beach Amusement Park'

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Many of us made pledges or resolutions to exercise or eat healthier in the new year, but it’s not unusual for these kinds of resolutions to fall by the wayside in the first weeks of the New Year. But why is that?  And how can we make better plans?

Well, people often set lofty and unrealistic goals — especially when it comes to nutrition — says Becky Kerkenbush, a clinical dietitian, certified specialist in gerontological nutrition and fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Cold Weather Car Tips

Jan 30, 2019

Editor's note: This piece, originally from Jan. 27, 2014, has been updated to include a recent interview with Mark Savage about cold weather car tips.

With the arctic weather we've been getting, most of us are taking extra precautions to face the cold. But should we do the same for our cars?

The cold, combined with additional snow, makes it not only irritating to drive in, but also a challenge to keep our cars ready to cope with the double whammy of extreme cold and icy roads. 

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On a below zero day following a snowstorm, it’s hard to imagine the farm fields around Wisconsin at harvest time. But that’s what farmers are always thinking about, or at least about getting the next season's crops in.

It’s been a while since we’ve chatted with contributor Dave Kozlowski about his work at Pinehold Gardens.  Since things are a little slow on the farm — the ground is frozen and covered in snow — he has time to chat about what might have been his most challenging year to date.

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There were hundreds of films released in 2018. But with awards season in full swing, it can be hard to remember any of the films that aren’t being talked about in terms of the Oscars. Thankfully, we have film contributors to remind us of some of the highlights from the past year — award-winning or not.

Ryan Jay, nationally syndicated radio host and TMJ4 resident reviewer, and David Luhrssen, of the Shepherd Express, share their top film picks, filmmaking trends, and the increasing competition between television and film:

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We last spoke with writer and producer Alice Austen and filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky in 2014 when they were just beginning their kickstarter campaign for the Milwaukee inspired and made feature film, Give Me Liberty.

READ: Film in Progress Based on Life of Russian-Jewish Immigrant in Milwaukee

Library Memory Project

Around 5.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and that number is expected to skyrocket in the next 30 years. Dementia can be very isolating, both for patients and for their caregivers. In addition to memory loss, people can experience trouble communicating, poor judgment, and personality changes.