Wisconsin Life #501: “The Right Note”

October 6, 2017


Wisconsin Life host Angela Fitzgerald explores the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay.  Fitzgerald discovers what goes into the care of injured animals that are brought to this animal rehabilitation center – the second largest in Wisconsin.  She talks with one of the sanctuary’s interns Mackenzie Hennes and learns how the center cares for the tiniest animal orphans.

Fitzgerald also shares a collection of all-new stories from our Wisconsin Life team, including a profile of a Monticello dairy farmer named Jimmy Voegeli.  Voegeli grew up in a family that had run a Green County dairy farm for generations.  While he loved the family business, he also felt a yen for something more… which led him to pursue his dream of becoming a blues musician. After starting his own band, The Jimmys, Voegeli now works as a farmer by day and musician by night.

Next, we catch up with an Oshkosh artist who has channeled a serious health issue into an extraordinary personal artistic expression.  Jon Wos was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. At birth, Wos had 13 broken bones in his body.  We learn how Wos became able to manage his condition – and how the experience deeply affected his artwork.

Then, we travel to Madison to meet the married couple behind Wisconsin’s first Spanish-language radio station.  Luis and Lupita Montoto started by leasing weekend air time on a small rural station and spreading the word to Spanish speakers.  Before long, Mid-West Family Broadcasting took notice and offered them a radio channel to go 24 / 7.  We’ll hear how the Montotos overcame many obstacles while on the winding road to their eventual success.

Finally, Fall Creek author Michael Perry shares a personal story about the fond memories many people have for a particular room in their home… the kitchen.  Often it becomes a family gathering spot – a place to welcome and entertain friends and loved ones.  In this animated story, we discover how Perry experienced the kindling of a tender romance in a rural farmhouse kitchen.  



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