MilMag Live!: What Makes Talk Radio Tick

Apr 21, 2017

On Monday, April 10th, the back room at Colectivo on Prospect avenue was home to a very spirited discussion between 5 Wisconsin radio talk show hosts, two moderators, and the studio audience.

It was the fourth in a series of community events called MilMag Live!, produced by Milwaukee Magazine and Lake Effect. This month’s topic was based on a feature story by the magazine’s managing editor Tom Tolan called, "Do We Even Need Talk Radio Anymore?"

Five of the hosts profiled in that story were on stage: conservatives hosts Dan O’Donnell and Vicki McKenna from WISN, Mike Crute and Earl Ingram from WRRD, Milwaukee’s new liberal station; and conservative host Jerry Bader from WTAQ in Green Bay. Joining them were Tom Tolan and Bonnie North as moderators. The following is an excerpt from the almost 2 hours of passionate and often discordant discussion. The question asked to the panel was: What is the best, and worse part of your job?