Rachel Owens

Announcer, Producer, Co-Host of WUWM@Nite

Rachel joined WUWM as an announcer in January of 2014. Prior to coming to WUWM, Rachel worked for nearly six years at Wisconsin Public Radio and Television in a number of roles, including announcer/board operator, voice talent, producer, on-air producer, radio operations center technician and audience services representative.

As WUWM's announcer, Rachel can be heard throughout the week. She especially loves hosting the midday hours, serving as a close companion to WUWM’s listeners. Rachel helps create the tone, rhythm and character of Milwaukee Public Radio.

In May of 2014, Rachel became producer and co-host of WUWM@Nite.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sailing, singing, reading, watching films, music of all kinds and roller derby.

Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Br(OK)en Genius: Healing Milwaukee Through Art

(l-r) Montréal Cain, CM Perceptions, Nigel Wade
Credit Rachel Owens

Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, the creator Br(OK)en Genius, writes in his project’s manifesto:

“As a 24 year old young black male, I technically have less than one year to beat or become a part of the 'dead or in jail' statistic….Only when what is broken comes to light can the broken heal.” 

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Arts & Culture
9:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Frankie Lee: Back in the Middle West

Frankie Lee

Of being a musician, Frankie Lee says, “You shouldn’t want to do this…It’s just an insane way to make a living. It’s not even a choice.” 

Well, whatever compelled the Minnesotan, after 15 years of songwriting, to finally put out his first EP, we’re glad. Middle West is the title, and with only five finely-crafted songs, you could say it’s a bit of a masterpiece…and frankly, you’d be right.  

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Arts & Culture
5:48 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The New Red Moons: Mesmerizing Milwaukee

(l to r) Joe McIlheran, Kavi Laud, and Jeff Brueggeman in Studio C.
Credit Rachel Owens

The New Red Moons are back. Well, they didn’t really go anywhere  – they’ve just been working on their new album, Mesmérisme. But it’s been well-worth the wait.

With an original sound that blends rich melodies, tight harmonies, and punchy instrumentals, The New Red Moons do Milwaukee proud. They take inspiration from many genres, including 60s rock, old-timey folk and modern lo-fi, but they always follow their instincts to stay true to their own sound.

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Arts & Culture
5:29 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Rusted Root: 25 Years is Just the Beginning

Rusted Root: (from l to r) Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Preach Freedom


Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki says of their current album project, "It's not necessarily going to represent the last 25 years, but it's going to be the start of the next 25 years. "  With eight studio albums and over three million records sold worldwide, Rusted Root has plenty of history to celebrate, but prefers to look towards the future.

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Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Listen: Canadian Rockers The Trews Play In Our Studio Ahead of Summerfest Gig

(l-r) John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, and Colin MacDonald are The Trews
Credit Bonnie North

    Canadian rock band The Trews play their first Summerfest gig tonight at 8pm on the Uline Stage. They joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the WUWM studio to give us a first listen to three of their new songs, including this one, Age of Miracles. We'll air the full interview at a later date. 

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Mon June 16, 2014

20 Years and Counting: Singer Corky Morgan is a Milwaukee Staple

Corky Morgan in the WUWM studios.
Credit Rachel Owens

Corky Morgan joins Rachel Owens in the WUWM studio. Jon Strelecki engineered the session.

Do you get nervous about public speaking? Well, if you think that’s nerve-wracking, try singing the national anthem at a Brewers' game. Despite a bad case of nerves, that’s exactly what Corky Morgan did, and did beautifully. More than that, he wants to do it again. 

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Wisconsin's Nomads: Blessed Feathers Are Chasing Down Their Dreams

Donivan and Jacquelyn Berube of Blessed Feathers at the WUWM Studios.
Credit Rachel Owens, WUWM

Donivan Berube recently took a swim in Lake Michigan. The water was 32 degrees. Of that experience he wrote, “like most things in life: it hurt real bad, but it was pretty much worth it.” 

Having chosen to “disassociate” himself from the Jehovah Witnesses that he grew up with to date his musical partner and now wife, Jacquelyn Berube, Donivan knows about sacrifice, and the joy it can lead to in one’s life.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Self-Discovery in High School Created the Dangerous Muse

Dangerous Muse's Mike Furey has a strong presence on New York's electronic rock scene.
Credit Dalton Flint

Portland, Maine is considered to be a rather conservative part of the country. Mike Furey, who grew up near Portland, was rebellious because he did one thing: learned how to play piano.

He recorded himself singing television show theme songs as a five-year old.  Once he played it back, he stopped because he did not like what he heard. It was too high-pitched and out of tune.  He became his hardest critic at a very young age.

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