Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

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Irish Fest
11:08 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Nova Scotian Music Takes Center Stage at Irish Fest

Musician and scholar Glenn Graham explains how Nova Scotian sound reflects a variety of influences.
Credit Glenn Graham

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician and scholar Glenn Graham about the music of Nova Scotia.

Every year Irish Fest features the music of a particular region or style.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Genesis Guitarist Pays It Forward to Future Rock Musicians

Milwaukee native and rock star Daryl Stuermer will judge young rock guitarists.
Credit Wilson Center website

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews long-time member of the band Genesis Daryl Stuermer.

Milwaukee’s Daryl Stuermer made it big – as the lead guitarist for Genesis.  But he still lives here, and he’s helping young guitarists live their rock-and-roll dreams. 

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Arts & Culture
10:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Tribute Concert Honors Local Punk Legend Richard LaValliere

Time Trek, the collaborative film between Paul McComas and Richard LaValliere, will be shown at the Requiem for Richard LaValliere & Rover Rescue

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews a trio of musicians about an upcoming tribute to punk rocker Richard LaValliere.

It was loud, angry, and rough. Punk rock came of age in the mid-1970s and was a direct reaction to the over produced rock and roll of the time.

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Economy & Business
10:01 am
Tue August 13, 2013

How the U.S. Navy Impacts Milwaukee's Economy

Rear Admiral Dee Mewbourne.
Credit US Navy photo

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Rear Admiral Dee Mewbourne.

A high-ranking naval leader says even though Milwaukee isn't on the high seas, the U.S. Navy is important to Milwaukee’s economic security.

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11:51 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Milwaukee's Internationally-Acclaimed Luthier Continues His Craft

Denny Rauen, Riverwest's Luthier, is known nationwide.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with luthier Denny Rauen on his 30 years of restoring and repairing guitars.

It’s been 30 years since Denny Rauen set up shop, first in the Chicago-area and then in the Milwaukee's Riverwest. Since then, he’s become an internationally-acclaimed luthier.

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