Local folk who just can't get enough about the workings and dysfunctions of Madison city government - yes, we're talking to you, Rosemary Lee - have a new place to turn.
Madison Alds. Bridget Maniaci and Bryon Eagon have launched a new weekly radio talk show, Alder Hour, on WSUM, the UW-Madison's student station. The program, which airs Fridays at 3 p.m., each week features a council member or other guest to discuss the issues of the moment.
"Every week there's something new and exciting going on," says Maniaci, who worked at WSUM when she was in college, a few short years ago. The show is "something I kind of wanted to do since I got into office."
The inaugural program on June 11 featured Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff; last Friday it was Ald. Chris Schmidt. Maniaci says the time slot is nice because at 3 p.m. on a Friday, "people are looking to get out of work."
In homage to the city's recent decision to make plastic pink flamingos the official city bird, the program each week bestows a positive "Pink Flamingo Award" and negative "Black Flamingo Award." Eagon actually missed the first show, to attend a Democratic Party event, so Maniaci gave him the Black Flamingo "for ditching me."