Bill and Bobbie Malone met in a tiny bar across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Forty years later the couple has become part of the fabric of Madison: writing books, performing music and creating the WORT-FM show “Back to the Country.” Read more

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David Alderman

Isthmus reporter Mike Muckian was just two days too late to view the phenomenal jazz record and memorabilia collection with the late DJ and collector, Gary Alderman. The community is mourning the loss. Read more



Chali Pittman

WORT FM DJs “uneasy” but not fearful following shooting at the community radio station. Read more



Dylan Brogan

A WORT hip hop DJ was injured after a masked man entered the community radio station and started shooting. Madison police say an investigation is ongoing. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Universal Soul Explosion on WORT 89.9 FM was the first show to broadcast hip-hop in Madison. For decades, it’s also helped prison inmates stay close to home. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Republican U.S. House member Glenn Grothman puts the rancor of D.C. politics aside and plays rock songs on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison’s lefty community station. Yes, this actually happened. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

In an era when local news outlets are contracting, the volunteer-run WORT-FM expands its local coverage. On Oct. 5, In Our Backyard grows to an hour, with new features, expanded reports, podcasts. Read more


WORT celebrates 38 years of community radio with a party at High Noon Saloon this Saturday, Dec. 7. Local bands the Jimmys, Earl Foss & the Brown Derby and Icarus Himself will perform, and birthday cake will be served. Read more

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Jeff Drew

If you want a good story about the music industry, just call UW alum Bruce Ravid. Ravid was an A&R rep for Capitol Records during the 1980s, when the music industry reached a new apex thanks to innovations like MTV. This was, of course, before th Read more

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WORT just struck a coup on the front lines of the technological revolution. Last week, at its 32nd birthday fete, Mad City's listener-sponsored community radio station (89.9 FM) announced the coming launch of a second digital broadcast channel, WORT2 Read more

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