A local record smashed

A look at the record-breaking day for a local radio station.

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A local record smashed
Friday 8 O’Clock Buzz host Andy Moore interviews Gov. Tony Evers. Photo by Jade Iseri-Ramos / WORT

Happy Tuesday, Madison!

Last week we told you about WORT's quest to break the station's record for the most people interviewed in an hour. The record, which was set in 1999, was 71 guests.

Now, it's 86.

Friday 8 O’Clock Buzz host Andy Moore interviewed everyone from local musicians and business owners to Madison’s poet laureate, Gov. Tony Evers, and our very own Sam Hoisington!

You can watch the full hour of interviews here.

— Hayley

Rendering via Madison Public Market

🛍️ The Public Market is coming.

✏️ Madison teachers are taking a stand this week.

Photo via City of Madison

🎺 Mark your calendars for Make Music Madison.

  • The annual city-wide music event will take place on the longest day of the year, June 21.
  • This is the 11th year Madison will host a Make Music Day, which turns the city into a stage for hundreds of free live performances throughout town. More than 1,000 cities in 120 countries around the world participate in the celebration.
  • Wanna play? Registration for performers and venues is open through May 25.

🎓 UW has named its new provost.

  • Starting in August, Charles Lee Isbell Jr. will become the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s chief academic officer.
  • Isbell succeeds provost John Karl Scholz, who is leaving to become president of the University of Oregon. Most recently, Isbell served as dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He was chosen following a nationwide search.
  • What's a provost, anyway? The provost is the second-ranking leader under the chancellor. They oversee the university's 13 schools and colleges, enrollment management, teaching and learning, outreach, and more.
Check out a video of this Good Boy working on his skills with his foster. 

🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet Smokey.

  • From Dane County Humane Society: When this 1-year-old pup arrived at DCHS in March, he was shy and fearful of men. He was placed in a foster home where he could relax and work on his courage.

    His foster says Smokey is a fun loving boy who entertains himself by tossing around his stuffed monkey or chewing on a toy. He will snooze for hours next to his foster on the sofa, and he's a great walking partner who will adjust to his human's pace.

    Smokey is looking for someone who will work with him on his positive reinforcement training, encourage him to be brave, take him on walks and hikes, and show him he's loved.

    Smokey is a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, and his adoption fee has been reduced. Learn more about him here.
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Photo courtesy of Michael Phillips

Why the Newest State Capitol Statue Matters

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020, protestors in Madison gathered day after day at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Amid calls for more diverse representation at the Capitol, a statue of Hans Christian Heg was torn down and tossed in the lake.

And then, an idea was born: Wisconsin should create a statue memorializing civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips. She was the first woman judge in the state and first African American woman elected to statewide office, among many other firsts.

Now that statue is becoming a reality. We speak with Vel’s son, Michael Phillips, about his mother’s legacy and when it’ll happen.

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