88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Ken Sumka

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Ken Sumka

Ken Sumka

Hometown:
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

First concert?
The first show I attended was The Village People in 1978 at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. I went with my Mom and Aunt. The first show I chose to attend was Rush at the Rosemont Horizon, 1984.

What do you like most about Milwaukee?
The people. Since the first day we moved here in early 2013, everyone we’ve met — neighbors, co-workers, parents of our kids’ classmates — have been so welcoming and gracious.

How/why did you get into radio?
When I was in 6th grade, I learned that the high school I was going to attend — Glenbard West [in Glen Ellyn, Illinois] — had a radio station. That seemed like the coolest thing on the planet.

It was a very fertile time musically. Bands like R.E.M., U2 and The Replacements were all transitioning from acts only played on left-of-the-dial stations (like Radio Milwaukee), to breaking commercially.

So, by the time I went to college and did college radio, I’d already made the silly mistakes one does when first starting out in radio. And I had thought about maybe pursuing radio as a career. It all kind of worked out. Last fall was the 30th anniversary of getting my FCC license.

Best part of working at Radio Milwaukee?
Such a killer crew to work with. This is a top-notch place to work and the people who work here are all passionate and kind –with hearts of gold.

Comfort drink?
Rye Old Fashioned. Old Overholt whiskey, Angostura bitters, one ice cube.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Afternoon Host and Assistant Program Director