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'”