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How do I find out about concerts? How do I get more details about something I heard over the air? How do I submit events to WORT’s Music Calendars? Who do I contact with changes or cancellations?

WORT’s Music Calendars are a great resource to find out about concerts in all genres and places. Usually you’ll find details in the online listing or links to get more information. There’s a link to to submit your event at the top of the calendar page. You can also submit events, changes and cancellations to

What was that song I heard? Who was the artist, what is the album title, where can I get it? Where can I find the entire playlist for a show?

Click on the Playlists button to bring up a calendar where you can choose any date to find the playlists for that day. If you can’t find the right playlist or the song you’re looking for, your best bet is to call the station the next time that program’s on and ask the host yourself. If that’s not possible we may be able to help you, but please have as much information as possible at hand when you contact us, such as: approximate day and time the music was played, what type or genre of music it was, who hosted the show and any other information you remember about the selection and we’ll do our best to track it down.

Music Director: Sybil Augustine – (for music submissions, charts and tracking, promotional exchanges for music events and following up on volunteer applications or other requests. Please include specifics in your subject line, such as “Hiphop Music Submission” etc, )

Digital Production Director: Aaron Scholz – (for record donations and sales, promos recording volunteers, etc.)

Music Calendars: Submit your events online here or send by email to

We accept submissions in most genres and styles of music, focusing on noncommercial, out-of-the-mainstream, independent releases (check out our playlists and music charts for more information.) It may take up to a few weeks for us to review and process your submission so we appreciate your patience, and feel free to contact us to follow up. Please send your music, indicating any tracks with language that needs to be aired after 10 pm and including a one-sheet description and any biographical and tour information, to WORT Music Director, 118 S. Bedford St, Madison, WI 53703 and/or to

We do accept digital files on .wav or mp3, but currently we still prefer CDs to digital submissions because it’s the quickest way to get it into the hands of our programmers and onto the airwaves, though we have a growing digital library. Digital submissions should be .wav or other lossless files, or high quality mp3s [128-320 kbps.]

You can follow up or “track” your submissions by email, or call 608-256-2001 on Wednesdays between 1-4 pm CST to ask if we received it, has it been reviewed, has it been added to our library, and what kind of airplay it’s getting—e.g. light, medium, heavy or charting. Thanks and we look forward to hearing your music!

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May 8, 2022 by Labor Radio

One hundred and five sheet metal workers at Trachte Building systems have had enough of management’s efforts to undermine their union.  Members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers or SMART Local 565 plan to walk off the job. Labor Radio producer Ellen La Luzerne spoke to Jesse Buell, Business Manager for SMART Local 565, about worker organizing at Trachte Building Systems. Below is their interview.

Labor Radio: The workers at Trachte building systems are set to go on strike at midnight tonight [Friday, May 6th]. What are the main reasons these workers decided to say yes to a strike vote?

Jesse Buell: I think it’s really about flexibility to the members. There’s been lots of a mandatory overtime put on the workers through the pandemic. The company is looking for additional mandatory overtime language. The people just want more family time. There was a moment where Trachte worked these guys for seven days a week for about nine weeks in a row very strategically where they didn’t mandate the same person for the 15 days, but they would go back and forth from machine.

LR: Management sent the workers a letter telling them that they should resign from the union so they don’t get fined if they show up for work once the strike starts. And they also outlined what workers would lose if they are on strike such as unemployment and health insurance. What’s been the reaction of your membership to that letter?

JB: The reaction to that really has probably gassed the fire more. As it is I’m sure to be a scare tactic and a union-busting tactics to get people back into the shop without a contract. It’s actually motivated the members to stick together and it’s really gained solidarity over there.

LR: They’re claiming that they’re going to continue operations once the strike starts. And with all the excessive overtime and in light of the tight labor market how do you think the companies actually going to be able to keep the place running if they don’t have any workers?

JB: There was probably a plan for this. I do think that there was a strategic plan to try to bust up the union. I don’t know the facts on if they have things stored but as I stated earlier there was extensive overtime all last year and I just don’t know if this is something that they planned and built up for just for that reason.

LR: What did the strike vote look like?

JB: It was a very strong strike vote. With that being said we’re hearing rumors of offers to cross the line, excessive bonuses to come back into the shop. I’m just hoping that we could stand strong on the line.

LR: What have you heard from management about why they’re taking this stance?

JB: Management has never really given us any business reasons. I sat across the table from Jeff Burbach CEO-President of Trachte building supplies and he was very blank and basically said that they have zero interest to sit down and negotiate anything. I requested that we sit down, extend, let the workers keep working so that there was no monetary damage to either parties and they told us to go to the street.

LR: What kind of community support is the union looking for?

JB: We’ve been working with the South Central Federation of Labor, [President] Kevin Gundlach has been helping us with resources and Anne McNeary [from the] United Way, has been in contact with us.  We will be looking for help or donations from people if it may be cases of water or maybe gas cards.  We’re looking for support on the line from our community. These are good union jobs and union wages go towards the community.

Reporting Courtesy of Ellen La Luzerne for Labor Radio

Image Courtesy of chrisimmler on Flickr

Last Updated on May 9 2022, 1:53 am CDT

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