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Top 20 Most Popular Milwaukee Stories 88Nine Told During 2011

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Besides playing amazing music, 88Nine RadioMilwaukee told some amazing stories via are various campaigns like Make Milwaukee, Meet The Need, Safe Streets, Healthy Kids, Make A Difference, and the Neighborhood Project.  Below are the 20 most popular Milwaukee stories from 2011.  Take a listen and tell us your favorite story that you heard on 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, and what stories would you like us to tell in 2012.

1. "Make Milwaukee": Martha Finding Milwaukee

Martha is exceptional in so many ways -- she speaks seven languages, she's a published poet, a natural story teller, an accomplished dancer and psychologist. I spent an afternoon with Martha, drinking tea and listening to stories from her life, ranging from the enchanting story of her birth to her family's harrowing experiences with the holocaust...

2. "Make Milwaukee": A Super Villain Headquarters and The Ghost Admiral

As our introductory tour guide, I tasked Brent with answering this introductory question: "What is Milwaukee's creative community?" A difficult and loaded question, for sure. And to add a twist to his challenge, rather than answer in words or an essay or anything like that, Brent answer the question in the form of introductions -- finding people to interview that are in some way representative of themes in Milwaukee's creative community...

3. "Make Milwaukee": They Control Your Mood...

For this week of Make Milwaukee, we're taking a look at creativity in our schools. This could be, like the entire creative campaign, an intractably large project. To solve this problem, we took a novel approach; rather than cherry-pick highlights from a range of schools, we're going into a single high school and going a bit more in-depth -- Ronald Reagan High School on the South Side...

4. "Make Milwaukee": A Community of Art, Business & Speed...

When I first saw the address, near the intersection of Teutonia and Hampton, I was excited to see what kind of creative venture had taken hold on the North Side of Milwaukee (on a personal note, I feel like we don't get into that part of Milwaukee enough). So, on a cold Monday morning, we got a full tour of Gasoline Studios...

5. "Make A Difference": It's Harvest Moon Festival Time! Get Thee To Weber's Greenhouse

Andor Mark Horvath (of A2 Design) The Germinator (Franz), and Dan Felix of Transtion Milwaukee want you to get your green bums to Weber's Greenhouse the 2011 Harvest Moon Festival. This uber-green, uber-fun, uber-cool event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th at Weber's Greenhouses...

6. "Neighborhood Project:" Wright in Wisconsin: Burnham Park Houses Six Frank Lloyd Wright Homes!

Many people don't know this, but there are six Frank Lloyd Wright homes nestled in the heart of Burnham Park. Heck, I didn't even know this until I researched this story. Wow! Wright built these as part of his American System-Built Homes...

7. "Make Milwaukee": Gal Friday and Missed Connections!

Brent Gohde, this week's tour guide of Milwaukee's creative community, has introduced us to Joe Locher's surreal creative fortress and Chris Tishler's very ying yang-ish relationship with music/entertaining. His next answer to "What is Milwaukee's creative community?" takes the form of Gal Friday, a brand new woman-owned film production company...

8. "Make A Difference": The House that Harley Built/Make a Difference Week 6

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Harley-Davidson Foundation and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to really make a difference in the lives of Milwaukee-area homeowners. Through "sweat equity", employees of Harley-Davidson volunteer their time with Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers to build homes in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee...

9. "Make A Difference": Helios USA: Solar Modules, not Solar Panels, Dude

Helios USA, located at 1207 Canal Street, produces solar modules (commonly known as solar panels), and they want to change the way we view solar power, one panel at time...

10. "Make Milwaukee": Five Card Studs and the Ace of Spades

When Brent and I were originally discussing Milwaukee's creative community, Brent said something to the effect of, "Everybody knows an artist or musician who works side jobs to do what they really want." Yeah. I agreed. So rather than picking an artist-friend out of a hat for an interview, Brent wracked his brain for some one who fully embodies this idea -- somebody who's worked really hard for a long time because of their need to create or perform...

11. "Neighborhood Project": Sherman Park, Common Ground, and Milwaukee Rising

Toni Wagner works with Common Ground of Southeastern Wisconsin, and she and her colleague, Kathleen Scott, explain the important work of Common Ground and Milwaukee Rising, two organizations that focus on foreclosure issues, education, and health insurance concerns (just to name a few). Milwaukee Rising is attempting to rehabilitate 100 homes in the Sherman Park neighborhood...

12. 88Nine RadioMilwaukee Is Putting Milwaukee On The Map With Broadcastr...Literally

As of today, 88Nine is putting Milwaukee on the map thanks to a new web and mobile service called Broadcastr. For some time, we have been looking at ways to present our various campaign stories such as "Make Milwaukee" and "The Neighborhood Project" in an easy, unique and fun way. Then a few weeks ago, I came across that solution on a tech blog. That solution is called Broadcastr...

13. Make Milwaukee": Everyday Elvis

Last week, Potawatomi Bingo Casino hosted a four-day Elvis tribute artist performance/competition extravaganza. Aspiring Elvis impersonators from around the world gathered here in Milwaukee to curl their lips, swivel their hips, and channel the spirit of the King. Sounds like the perfect place to tap into some creativity, right?

14. "Make Milwaukee": Choral Brownie Bribery

Our second piece from Reagan High School began with an eavesdropped conversation. I overhead Erica Breithbarth (their talented and devoted choir director) speaking with Adam Murphy (one of their awesome music teachers), and she began describing how she's been using fresh baked brownies as a tactic to recruiting boys for an all-male singing group. My ears immediately perked up...

15. "Neighborhood Project": Holton Youth and Family Center is BACK!

They're back! The Holton Youth and Family Center has triumphantly returned to the Riverwest/Harambee neighborhoods, and Clarence Johnson, Katie Polace, Linda Wade, Torre Johnson, Victor Barnett, and Johnel Grimes sat down to talk with me about the resurrection of this important community and neighborhood asset...

16. "Neighborhood Project": All City People's Parade and Pageant: Got Puppets, Floats, and Samba, Baby?

Mix Emilio De Torre of the ACLU of Wisconsin, Bethamie Wyatt of Milwaukee Public Theater, along with various local artists such as Andrew Parchman, Jeffrey Holub, a cadre of local Milwaukee youth, social justice, and a plethora of puppets, masks, floats, and..well..giant hands and you get The All City People's Parade and Pageant...

17. "Neighborhood Project": Sally Stanton is a Garden Gnome

Sally Stanton of Bay View, WI calls herself a "Garden Gnome", and she is a kind and benevolent one at that. She keeps vigilant watch over her plot(s) (and others' as well) at the Hide House Community Garden, located just behind the Hide House Lofts in Bay View...

18. "Safe Streets, Healthy Kids": High School Slam Poetry Championship

The auditorium was electric. You could feel the anticipation and energy in the room. For about 30 high school slam poets and many of their friends and family - this was a big night. It was the City Finals for the Milwaukee High School Slam Poetry league...

19. "Safe Streets, Healthy Kids": SHARE Wisconsin, COA Goldin Center, and Public Allies create Got Fresh?

Many Milwaukee youth and families do not have access to healthy food choices; they and others across the country live in what are called "food deserts"--urban or rural areas with few or no large grocery stores...

20. Make Milwaukee": Creativity Attracts Talent

Today, we're exploring an idea that stems from the Creativity Works! study; a vibrant, diverse creative community doesn't just have some sort of abstract merit -- it's magnetic. While the world may be flat in some respects, when it comes to creativity, communities tend to be spiky. What do I mean by that?