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.

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Arts & Culture
7:35 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Comedian Ryan Lowe Brings "High-energy Deadpan" to Milwaukee

Milwaukee comedian Ryan Lowe chats with the cast of puppets which star in his original film, Moby Dick.
Credit Credit: lonewolfcomedy.com

Milwaukee comedian Ryan Lowe jokes that he is the “Jackson Pollack of comedy;” a misunderstood, reclusive, and enigmatic artistic force.  Since starting his career eight years ago, Lowe has dabbled in many different areas of comedy including sketch performance, traditional standup, and puppetry. A comedy club regular in Milwaukee and throughout the Midwest, Lowe is best known for his sarcastic and dry sense of humor. Energetic performances offset with moments of expressionless emotion have become a signatures of Lowe’s.

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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Hey Rosetta! New Album "Second Sight," Seeing Beauty in the Broken

The seven-piece indie band, Hey Rosetta! originally hail from St. John’s, Newfoundland. The band's North American tour kicks off on Jan. 16.
Credit Credit: heyrosetta.com

Hey Rosetta!, a seven-piece indie rock band from the far north is best known for their flair for energetic live performances and unique blend of strings, brass, piano, and drums. The band originally hails from the ocean sprayed shores of St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada. Their fourth studio album, “Second Sight,” is set to be released in the US on Jan. 27. It’s a high energy piece with lively rock ballads, gentler folksy tracks, and flashes of pop infused indie rock.

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Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint: A Fun Name for a Hard-Working Band

Jay’s Happy Sunshine Burger Joint members (back row) Jay Lane, Happy Sanchez, Paul Kates, (front row) Sunshine Garcia Becker, Perry “duBWhite” Winston, and Chris “CB” Burger.
Credit Credit: jhsbj.net

Jay’s Happy Sunshine Burger Joint is clearly a name that stood out while pursuing the Summerfest 2014 lineup. While certainly a band that enjoys its music and does not take itself too seriously, Jay’s Happy SBJ takes its craft seriously.

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Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

WebsterX Joins Rachel Owens in the WUWM Studio

WebsterX joins Rachel Owens in the WUWM studio. His new album is due out in the spring.
Credit soundcloud.com/websterx

Milwaukee experimental rapper, poet, and MC, WebsterX joined Rachel Owens in the WUWM studio this week, talking about his newest single Doomsday (feat. Siren). X got his start at an early age. Last time he visited the WUWM studio, he talked briefly about his childhood. For hours after school X would play basketball with his friends, after which time the group would relax and start experimenting with rap into the evenings. In Nov.

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Arts & Culture
12:03 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Comedian Martin Morrow Talks Characterization and Hypersensitively

Martin Morrow performing at the 2014 Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon. Morrow performs tonight, Dec. 18, at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee.
Credit facebook.com/MartinMorrowComedy

Comedian Martin Morrow has been performing on stage since the age of 18, at that time performing mostly during open mic nights. His professional career took off in 2009. He joined the award winning comedy duo “Tubbi and Martin” in Auburn, Ala., perfecting his improve, sketch, and stand-up comedy skills. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Morrow now resides in Chicago Ill. His comedy routine has brought him coast to coast, from New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and various cities across the Midwest.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Smoking Flowers: Burning Their Own Trail

Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers
Credit Shea Corrigan

In many ways, the story of Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers reads like a great fictional love story: love at first sight, musical partnership, Kim's battle with breast cancer, and her recovery using completely natural methods. Their June performance at the Circle-A Café was their second in Milwaukee, a market which they say has always been kind to them. The Collins called in to WUWM@Nite’s Rachel Owens to talk about their musical aspirations and their new album 2 Guns.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Album of the Week: "The Real Book" by Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton
Credit 2014 © Danielia Cotton

 

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Arts & Culture
10:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The Old Style Sextet: Yes, They're Named After A Beer

(l-r) Clark Gibson, Euan Edmonds, Sam Peters, Matt Endres, Easton Stuard, and Michael Fenoglio make up jazz band, the Old Style Sextet.
Credit Credit: oldstylesextet.com

Jazz is alive and well in the Midwest, according to Matt Endress – a native of Madison, Wis. – and Clark Gibson. They are members of the Champagne, Illinois based jazz band the Old Style Sextet.

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Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe Performs "Down to the Wire" in the WUWM Studio

Rebecca Loebe performs and talks traveling in the WUWM studio.
Credit Credit: rebeccaloebe.com

You may know Rebecca Loebe from her spin on NBC’s “The Voice,” performing a stirring rendition of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” But she was already working hard on her songwriting chops when that opportunity popped up for her almost out of the blue.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Memphis Dawls "Shoot 'em Down" in the WUWM Studio

Krista Wroten (l), Holly Cole (c), and Jana Misener (r) make up the folk trio The Memphis Dawls, performing in the WUWM studio with Rachel Owens.

Our studio doors have opened to many roots inspired acts, but few have had the orchestral leanings of The Memphis Dawls. The trio’s sister-like camaraderie is apparent in both conversation and song. Their first full-length release, “Rooted in the Bone,” was released yesterday on Madjack Records. They spoke with Rachel Owens about their Memphis roots, recording, and playing with Jack White. They started by performing “Please Don’t Leave Me Now.” 

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