Trapper Schoepp

Assistant Lake Effect Producer

Trapper Schoepp became Lake Effect's assistant producer in August 2019. 

He first joined WUWM in May 2009 as an intern with Lake Effect, and has since worked with the station behind the scenes and on-air. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a certificate in Rock and Roll Studies from Peck School of the Arts.

Outside the station, he can be found on stages across America performing as a singer-songwriter. Off-air, he can be heard exchanging quotes from The Big Lebowski with WUWM’s Mitch Teich.

His radio aspirations stem from hearing “W*O*L*D” by Harry Chapin, a song that chronicles the life of a transient disc jockey in search of happiness and a good song.

Skylight Music Theatre's new artistic director is Michael Unger. The New York City theater and opera director has worked on stages from Los Angeles to Russia, yet he sees something unique in the Skylight. 

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The Minnesota string band Trampled By Turtles has elevated string music and exposed audiences everywhere to the new sounds that traditional bluegrass instruments can create. Their songs are often high intensity and influenced by rock, but still deliver folk charm.

Courtesy of Fresh Perspectives, Cedarburg, WI

An exhibition on view at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts is exploring the expressive nature of water. The various materials used by some of the artists include stone, zippers, and straws. The overall effect is a deep meditation on water and its importance. The exhibition was the brainchild of sculptor Susan Falkman, helped along by the Quilt Museum’s exhibitions curator, Emily Schlemowitz. 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ever since quantum mechanics came on the physics scene in 1927, scientists have struggled to reconcile it with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. They haven’t completely succeeded and Dr. Sean Carroll says that’s because they’ve failed to take into account the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Dr. Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and his newest book is Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime.

The Minority Health Film Festival is the first festival of its kind in the country. The festival features films, community forums, and a fair, all related to health issues impacting racial and ethnic minority communities.

Diabetes is one of the main health issues the festival is highlighting, in part because many minority communities face higher rates of the disease and are more likely to have complications from diabetes.

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This year marks the Green Bay Packers' 100th season.

With a century of Packers football in the can, a new coach at the helm, and a fresh season about to begin, it’s the perfect time to look back at the team’s rich history.

Drew Olson has covered the Packers for decades. Along with co-author Jason Wilde, Olson compiled a list of the team’s most significant moments in his new book, The Big 50: Men and Moments That Made The Green Bay Packers.

Courtesy of Nickel Rose / Ravi Lola / Soul Low / No/No

Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians.

In July, Lake Effect started a partnership with Milwaukee Record based on that list called Milwaukee Music Roundup. Here's Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup for August 2019:

The six-string successors of country music are tuning up, and it's Jonny Fritz's turn at the mic. Contrary to the country charlatans who purport the genre today, some authentic performers are releasing compelling work free of the recycled cliches that pervade contemporary country music. 

The Delta Routine Stay Positive On New LP

Feb 20, 2015

“I really put myself on the page,” says Nick Amadeus of the songs on the Delta Routine’s latest album, You and Your Lion. The band celebrates the release of their 11-track album Sunday, February 22nd.

The touring atmosphere Amadeus immersed himself in provided a new lens to write from. “Gone Again” and “Home With You” chronicle the transient life Amadeus and band have faced since releasing their last album, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares.

Luke Jacobs Goes Solo

Feb 19, 2015

Bruce Winter spoke with Luke Jacobs about storytelling, working with Carrie Rodriguez and the meaning of his new album title - Velvet After Feel. 

"A record is a big process and it can be kind of rough. To get it done and smooth it out feels really good," Jacobs says. "There's a velvety after feel to the whole process." 

Songs featured:

1. "The Trouble With Love"

2. "Remembering"

“People say, ‘You should sing like you’ and at this point I’m happy saying I sing like myself,” says Ehson Rad, lead singer of Devil Met Contention.

The Milwaukee four-piece celebrates the release of their new EP, American Times, February 26th at Hotel Foster.

Rad was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has lived in Texas, Michigan and now Milwaukee. The musical heritage of those places and his transient upbringing inform songs like “Snakeskin Blues.”

“If you try to solve a problem by a problem, it will never be solved,” says Albert Mazibuko, who has been a full-time member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1973.

The ever-evolving vocal group is a South African institution - but their songs of peace, love and understanding have also left a vast footprint in American music history.

Their traditional singing style, known as isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), was developed in the mines of South Africa and rose to prominence in America through Paul Simon’s Graceland and the Lion King soundtrack.

Miles Nielsen stopped by WUWM@Nite to chat with Bruce Winter about his genreless sound and being the son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

“It seemed like a pretty fun job to have,” says Nielsen, who spent much of his youth traveling alongside his father. “I thought, ‘How fun is that?’ You get to go with your best friends and travel around the county playing music.”

Tristan Casey

Chris Carrabba was a defining voice of the emo scene that blossomed in the early 2000’s. 

Buffalo Gospel’s Ryan Necci spoke with Trapper Schoepp about the impetus behind his latest album, We Can Be Horses, and his newfound songwriting perspective.

“I find inspiration in writing from animals’ points of views,” Necci said.  “Sometimes I lose interest in human interaction and writing about myself.” 

In his own dark times, Necci became inspired by the stubborn yet resilient nature of the buffalo - a spirit animal of sorts to him.