The Baton Passes At Monona Terrace

Guests: Jim Hess – retiring Director, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Greg McManners – incoming Director, Monona Terrace
George Nelson – Community Leader, Monona Terrace Commission

It seems impossible that Monona Terrace was a topic of major controversy in Madison for nearly 60 years before it was finally built in 1997. George Nelson remembers well, for he headed a commission of community leaders who were charged with getting the Frank Lloyd Wright designed community and convention center built. His recollection of that experience makes it seem like it was just yesterday.

But to Jim Hess, managing Monona Terrace was the exclamation mark on his length career in facility management. Now, after 10 years serving in that position, Jim Hess is retiring, and Greg McManners, Director of Operations for 8 years, is moving into the top position. Jim shares highlights from the years he helped Monona Terrace emerge onto the national scene while Greg looks to the possibilities that lie ahead.

Light The House

Guests: Kevin Huddleston, Executive Director Ronald McDonald House Charities – Madison
Amber & Chris Boll, parents of Eli and frequent RMH residents

Since 1993, the 18-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in Madison has provided a “home away from home” to over 15,000 families whose lives have been turned upside down because of the life-threatening illness of a child. The need continues to grow but for good reason. The medical facilities in Madison provide some of the finest care available for critically-ill children and the stories of successful outcomes are on the rise. The Ronald McDonald House has welcomed families from around the world who seek the premier care Madison offers. If you weren’t quite sure what the Ronald McDonald House means to family support, you will be inspired by this program.

To learn more about how you can help “Light the House”, call (608).232.4660 or go to Donations can be sent to: RMHC-Madison 2716 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705

Savor Wisconsin For The Holidays

Guest: Christine Lindner, Wisconsin’s 63rd Alice in Dairyland

“Something Special from Wisconsin” is a great way to flavor up the holidays says Christine Lindner, Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland. Whether it’s a holiday meal or a gift basket of Wisconsin products, the best choices are often from our own backyard. Wisconsin’s $59 billion agriculture industry provides our citizens and global neighbors with plenty of options for down home goodness.

Buying local is good for Wisconsin, good for our health, and offers opportunities for fun family outings as agriculture combines tourism and entertainment throughout the state. Christine Lindner shares lots of ideas on how to make your holidays special.

For more suggestions of unique Wisconsin products and gift ideas, go to

Up Close And Personal With John and Barbara DeMain

Guests: John DeMain, Music Director, Madison Symphony Orchestra
Barbara DeMain, wife, supporter and former promoter of classical music concerts

They first met in Houston. She was there on a concert assignment from her home in Germany. He was there conducting and offered her a ride to the concert hall. The conversation was good and it continued via telephone after she returned to Germany. He then invited her to Aspen, and a few days after she arrived, he asked her if she would like to elope. She had to look up what the word meant in her German/American dictionary. It said, “to flee.” He said it would be “fun.” She said, “okay!” Nineteen years later, John and Barbara DeMain are still having fun together and united in their love of music.

In Barbara DeMain’s first broadcast interview, listeners will get an insight into this fascinating couple, each grounded in their own history and committed to their relationship with the community through the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

The community will once again welcome the holiday season with their annual Christmas Spectacular concerts, December 3-5 in Overture Hall. Joining the MSO will be Metropolitan Opera star, soprano Angela Brown, and the outstanding local talent of the Madison Symphony Chorus, the Madison Youth Choirs and the Mount Zion Gospel Choir. For more information, go to or call 608.260.8680.

There’s More To Dementia Than Alzheimer’s Disease

Guests: Dr. Cindy Carlsson – Assistant Professor, Geriatrics UW School of Medicine and Public Heath and Madison VA GRECC. Medical Director, VA Memory Assessment Clinic

Mary Reines – Program Director, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregiver’s Month. The two come together on this program as Dr. Cindy Carlsson discusses the medical characteristics of not only Alzheimer’s Disease but other dementias as well – Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body disease and Frontal Temporal Dementia. Mary Reiner describes the unique and complex caregiving issues that each form of dementia presents.

For more information and assistance, contact the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin: Call 608.232.2400 or 888.308.6251