Guest: Michael Leckrone, Director (Retired), UW Marching Band and UW Bands…

After 50 colorful years directing UW-Madison’s March Band and serving simultaneously as Director of Bands, Michael Leckrone has retired his baton but will remain on the faculty as a professor in the School of Music. Within the midst of the University’s high academic standards and its competitive Badger spirit, Michael Leckrone stood out as a gifted musician and teacher who injected the spirit of fun into all he did. He has been called a University “icon.”

On this program, Michael Leckrone takes us back to his youth growing up in Indiana through his years at the University of Wisconsin. His stories include describing the behind-the-scenes meticulous planning that went into each half-time performance and the determination to have a Fifth Quarter when Wisconsin played in the Rose Bowl despite push back from the officials in charge.


Guests:  Mary Ann Drescher, president/CEO, Attic Angel Community; Anne Dorne, Vice Chair, Attic Angel Association; Abbi Kruse, Executive Director, The Playing Field…

Since its inception in 1889, when the two Bryant sisters scavenged through their attic to find clothing and other items for needy children, the Attic Angel Association has remained committed to their mission of finding a need in the community and doing something about it. They expanded that mission over the years to include the needs of seniors as well as children.

For their 130th birthday, the Association is planning a public birthday party on Sunday, July 28, from 1 – 4 pm on their grounds on the corner of Old Sauk and Junction Roads. In celebration, Attic Angel has chosen to give back to the community and invites the public to join with them – to support The Playing Field, a non-profit early learning and child care center serving an economically-diverse group of children, many who experience early trauma.

On this program, Mary Ann Drescher and Anne Dorn, share the Attic Angel history and the plans for their 130th birthday celebration. They are joined by Abbi Kruse, executive director of The Playing Field who describes The Playing Field’s unique model of high quality education and care and how the Attic Angel contribution will benefit them.

For more information on The Playing Field, go to Details of the Attic Angel Birthday Party, “Life Is a Playground,” are online at Gifts to support The Playing Field can be made at the event and now through December.


Guest:  Robert Brust, engineer and author…

An analytical mind combined with an insatiable curiosity and sense of wonderment best describes Robert Brust, author of the new book, Human Understanding: An Engineer’s Analysis of Life: Getting to the Basics.  In his attempt to answer the question, “Do you really know why you think the way you do?” Robert Brust encourages people to to open their minds to the fact there is much they do not know about life.

On this program, Robert Brust, who holds a degree from Marquette University in civil engineering and is the founder and former owner of one of Milwaukee’s largest engineering firms, shares his philosophy that from an engineer’s thought process, there’s a link between keeping an open mind about everything you encounter in life, and true happiness.


Guest:  Peter Bakken, Ph.D, Coordinator of Public Policy, Wisconsin Council of Churches

Over one million church members in 2000 congregations covering 20 Christian traditions are all connected as members of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. They work together to promote peacemaking and social and economic justice for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents.

Following the guidelines of the Johnson Amendment which dictate what religious and charitable organizations can and cannot do to affect public policy, the Wisconsin Council of Churches does not endorse candidates or political parties. However, they do educate their members on policy issues, encourage their active involvement in the political process, and advocate for or against certain policies before the state legislature.

On this program, Peter Bakken, Ph.D in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Coordinator of Public Policy at the Wisconsin Council of Churches, highlights the history and purpose of the Wisconsin Council and their role in having their voice heard in front of the Wisconsin State Legislature and other leaders. He discusses issues they are actively supporting including accepting Medicaid Expansion, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform and more humane treatment, and cutting child poverty in half in the next ten years.

Those interested in the Council’s position on cutting child poverty can find more information on


Guest:  Joy Cardin, former Wisconsin Public Radio Host; Board member, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

What happens when a well-known radio host retires? Joy Cardin, former Wisconsin Public Radio Host, has found a new home with the League of Women Voters where she now serves on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and is active in the Dane County Chapter.

Sunday, June 23, on the Capitol Square, Joy Cardin was joined by State Representatives Joan Ballweg and Melissa Sargent, and Rose Stephenson who portrayed Ripon-born suffragist and founder of the League of Women Voters, Carrie Chapman Catt, for a program highlighting the importance of Wisconsin being the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment 100 years ago and also the 100th anniversary of the League of Women voters.

On this program, Joy Cardin shares the history of the League of Women Voters which began in concert with women getting the right to vote as a resource to educate women voters on the policies and issues of the day. One hundred years later, the League remains a nonpartisan educational source for voter education and advocacy.

For voter information and descriptions of issues today, go to