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Letter To The People - June 2018
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The last time the stakes were this high most of us in Wisconsin were sleeping. The 2010 election wave that swept in Tea Partiers across the nation hit hard here at home. Just after the Packers won the Superbowl, newly elected governor Scott Walker (whom it seemed no one cared to know much about) announced Act 10 and all hell broke lose. Protests became a daily routine and record size crowds showed up. But governor Walker’s ears were deaf when it came to what the people wanted, though it seemed he was ready anytime to listen to the Koch Brothers and their agenda.
Letter To The People - May 2018
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Star Trek has always been at the forefront dissecting the challenges of current culture. The original series from the late 60’s often used the science fiction backdrop as a setting to reflect the dangers of our larger social problems. Star Trek helped us to understand the issues in a new way so that we might use those lessons to better our society. It sure worked with the techie aspect of the show.
Then came the feature films and of course The Next Generation (who can forget the Ferengi and their race of ruthlessly greedy merchants?). But it is 1982’s The Wrath of Kahn that has a quote that I think reflects our current political situation in Wisconsin and could affect our current race for governor.
In this famous scene, Spock has realized that during the battle between starships, the USS Enterprise has been terminally damaged and it’s nuclear core will detonate killing all aboard unless the core can be cooled down. The only way to accomplish this feat is by hand and would surely mean he would not survive the radiation, even wearing a suit. Against all warnings from other crew, Spock enters the chamber and performs the task, saves the ship and is now dying from severe radiation poisoning. Through the glass, Captain Kirk asks Spock “Why?”, as his friend is slowly passing. His answer is (those of you who know can recite it now) “The needs of the MANY outweigh the needs of the few… or one”.
In our reality that statement is exactly the opposite of how our government is working in Wisconsin and federally. We live in a world where government works for a few people at the top but doesn’t work for the vast majority of people. Let’s read it the way it is now, “The needs of the few, or the one, outweigh the needs of the many”. How do you feel now?
Letter To The People - April 2018
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This issue is dedicated to the Memory of Luke Jorgensen who passed away shortly after playing the Charity Jamboree at the High Noon Saloon last month. A worker and believer in the Madison music scene. He will be missed.
Wisconsin Gubernatorial Democratic Primary: I’m not making this easy for you, am I? You are probably sitting there thinking, “why doesn’t he just tell me who to vote for and be done with it?”
Believe me, I wish I could, but that would only continue our current dilemma of not thinking for ourselves and doing our own “research” on the candidates.
Letter To The People - March 2018
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Rökker gets political again…. voting and campaign donations are on the agenda this month…. plus a short Adventures with Lizzie & Nikko
photo by Sarah Wilson
Letter To The People - February 2018
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Rökker goes political for the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, Jimmy K Show has a new home on WSUM featuring Rökker’s Closet, Black Star Drumline back on the prowl with new blood, Adventures with Lizzie and Nikko! this is February 2018!
Letter To The People - January 2018
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Madison native Alicia Lemke (Alice and the Glass Lake) on Eminem’s latest album, Rökker Rye Whiskey Release Party info, Adventures with Nikko and Lizzy
Letter To The People - December 2017
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This issue is dedicated to the memories of my good friends Ted “Ted Offensive” Putnam and Jeff Ellingsøn, aka Dirty Jeff.
Ted Offensive was loved by everyone for his giant heart and unyielding support of the lesser known parts of Madison’s music scene. Ted was known for many things including WORT DJ, but Ted briefly wrote for Maximum Ink, and that puts him in our Max Ink Hall of Fame.
Dirty Jeff was one of the first people to contact Max Ink Radio to do a show. His enthusiasm always energized whomever he was with. Jeff was anything but dirty and to those that knew him he was always their favorite person. His personality was magnetic.
The music scene, Maximum Ink, friends and family will miss these two men immensely. May their memories live in the hearts and minds of those who loved them.
Letter To The People - October 2017
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Dedication Las Vegas shooting victims, Ben Masel has a headstone, Full Compass 40 year anniversary, Adventures with Nikko
Letter To The People - September 2017
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Max Ink Radio - Whats going on? WJJO - coming up on 21 years… is it their staff? Adventures with Nikko - Black Star Drumline heads to Indiapolis for a DrumLine Battle.
Letter To The People - August 2017
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Young Band Advice, Adventures with Nikolai from AtwoodFest, Adventures with Lizzie in waitress land
Letter To The People - July 2017
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This issue of Maximum Ink is dedicated to the memories of two good friends in the music business, Jack LeTourneau and Sonny Knight… Plus.. Adventures with Nikko - Black Star Drumline plays AtwoodFest 2017
photo by Sweet William Images
Letter To The People - June 2017
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AtwoodFest 2017, Adventures with Lizzie & Nikko….
Letter to the People - January 2017
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Last month Jimmy K, program director at Max Ink Radio, put together a special show for the year called the Top 41 of 2016. The show counted the top 41 songs by local artists in the Madison and regional area. The show was a great success taking place in front of a studio audience at the Wisco, brodacast on Maxinkradio.com and simulcast on 89.9FM WORT.
Not only did fans call in to the Wisco to ask about songs they heard, but one WORT listener actually stopped in and donated $500 citing that the Jimmy K Show reminded him he needed to give. An additional $300 was donated during the show as WORT was in pledge mode.
photo by Dave Hedstrom
Letter To The People - August 2015
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Owen Mays and AtwoodFest 2015, Adventures with Elizabeth and Nikko
Letter To The People - July 2015
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Michelle & Jerry celebrate 50 years and Adventures with Lizzie & Nikko…. Lizzie’s driving?
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