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Join us Thursday at our Walker's Point studios for "State of Sound." Tap here for all the details.

These listeners help us pick our music

So, how do we pick the music we play on Radio Milwaukee? We get lots of input -- and now we're hearing directly from a group of listeners. 

The group is made up of 25 Radio Milwaukee members. And, each gets to bring a friend. So, 50 total. 

Once a month, they come to our studios. We play new songs and they rate each from 1 to 10. We’ll play the songs that achieve a high enough score. 

We call this “Sound Judgment.”

We held our second Sound Judgment listening session this past Tuesday (March 10). Interestingly, none of the 10 songs we played received a high enough score. So, this session was more about what not to play. (Tough group -- but in a good way!)

Just who are these Sound Judgment people? We profile five each month. After five months, they will rotate out, and we’ll start with a new panel. If you want to be considered for a future panel, please  become a member (if you’re not already).


Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Bay View

Favorite new song? -- “'Don’t Wanna Fight,' by Alabama Shakes"

How do you spend your free time? -- "Gardening at Alice’s Garden."

Favorite TV show of all time? -- "'Sherlock,' the BBC version with Benedict Cumberbatch. I love it. It’s clever and smart."

Favorite local restaurant? -- "Can I say more than one? Jo’s Café for breakfast. Honey Pie for dinner. And The National."



Matt Siderits, Pewaukee

Favorite music right now? -- "TV on the Radio, Alt-J and the Decemberists."

Favorite sports team? -- "The Badgers – football and basketball."

Music you don’t like? -- "Manufactured pop. Formulaic stuff.  I’m not much for traditional country, either."

First concert? -- "The Doobie Brothers – one of their first ‘farewell tours’ – at State Fair. I was 14 or 15."



Kristiana Perleberg, West Allis

Favorite music right now? -- "I’m really liking the new Modest Mouse. I was waiting for it for a long time and I’m really pumped. Also, the new St. Vincent. Actually, all St. Vincent."

First concert? -- "The Grass Roots at State Fair Park. I was about 10. My mom picked it."

Favorite restaurant? -- "Odd Duck or Vanguard."

Favorite movie of all time? -- "' Down By Law,' starring Tom Waits."



Matt Krummel, Walker’s Point

Favorite music right now? -- "A band called The Districts from Pennsylvania."

Where do you find new music? -- "All over the place – on the radio, Pitchfork, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify. I have musical ADD, but in a good way. I go to about 100 shows a year, plus festivals like Bonnaroo."

What music don’t you like? -- "New country, not because I don’t like country, but it’s bad pop music with a slide guitar. The old country, I love."

Favorite movie of all time? -- “'Almost Famous.' It makes me wish I were a rock journalist in 1972."



Mahmoud Elewa, Milwaukee

Favorite music right now? -- "I really like Moonrise Nation. They’re my current favorite. They’re awesome."

How did you discover Radio Milwaukee? -- "I was just randomly hitting the scan button on my radio. Everything sucked. But when I came to 88Nine, I loved everything I heard. I haven’t changed the station since."

First concert? -- "Thirty Seconds to Mars, at the Rave. I was 17 or 18."

Favorite current TV show? -- "'Game of Thrones' or 'Archer'”

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee