WORT 89.9

Madison, WI

Since 1975, WORT has broadcast a wide variety of noncommercial, independent, locally-focused news and music programs to south central Wisconsin. Our FM signal reaches a roughly 50-100 mile radius around Madison. The station webcasts all of its music, news and public affairs programs, maintaining an online archive for 2 weeks (music) and up to 2 months or more (talk shows.) Our schedule includes a small amount of syndicated programming such as Democracy Now!, BBC News Headlines, WINGS (Women’s International News Gathering Service) and This Way Out. The majority of our news and music programming is produced on site by volunteers. From Spanish language programming to science and literature, call-in shows and an hour-long local newscast every weeknight, plus music from classical to metal, folk, indie, jazz, blues, reggae and more, there’s something for everyone on our airwaves! WORT's over 300 volunteers provide most of the on-air programming. In addition, many community volunteers contribute to myriad off-air operations. The organizational structure of WORT reflects the station’s principles of democratic decision-making: Paid and unpaid workers (volunteers) elect the Board of Directors; the Board sets policy and hires full-time and part-time paid staff. The full-time staff is organized as a collective that operates within sound management practices and written policies established by the Board. The staff collective oversees the day-to-day operations of the station. WORT maintains membership or affiliation with a number of organizations, including:  Pacifica Network (affiliate station)  National Federation of Community Radio Broadcasters (NFCB)  AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters)  Grassroots Radio Coalition  Public Radio International (PRI)  Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA.) WORT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Tax ID 23-7328965. For more information, contact pledge@wortfm.org.

Today’s Schedule

  • Anything Goes Classical music of all eras and varieties.
    LIVE @ 5:00 AM
  • Thursday 8 O'Clock Buzz The 8 O’Clock Buzz is a one-hour, upbeat morning show that brings you a mix of music, culture, information, news and interviews.
    LIVE @ 8:00 AM
  • Diaspora Listening to music from many cultures reveals we are all made of the same stuff. Diaspora is a celebration of humanity, of the common things that tie us all together in a world that often seems perilously fractured.
    LIVE @ 9:00 AM
  • LIVE @ 12:00 PM
  • Letters & Politics Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
    LIVE @ 1:00 PM
  • Strictly Jazz Sounds Avant garde, adventurous jazz and an eclectic mix of other styles.
    LIVE @ 2:00 PM
  • Democracy Now National, daily, independent, award-winning news program.
    LIVE @ 5:00 PM
  • WORT Local News WORT Local News presents alternative viewpoints in its news - both in the sources it uses and the stories it covers. WORT Local News newscasts include local and state news, weather, and regular features. It aims to give underrepresented people a voice.
    LIVE @ 6:00 PM
  • Perpetual Notion Machine A look at contemporary scientific issues and discoveries in a way that is accessible, understandable and entertaining to the non-scientists of the listening community.
    LIVE @ 7:00 PM
  • Radio Literature Radio Literature is a weekly half-hour program devoted to poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and theater from Wisconsin and beyond. It often features discussion with writers, as well as readings of their work.
    LIVE @ 7:30 PM
  • Psychoacoustics New and unusual music with hosts Reverend Velveteen, Bad Sister Heidi and assorted guests. 10-11pm: The Hour of Slack. Radio ministry of the Church of the Sub Genius.
    LIVE @ 8:00 PM
  • The Vinyl Resting Place The Vinyl Resting Place is a blazing sonic mixture of Barn Stormin' Toe Tappin' String Bendin' Head Bangin' sounds from Rock-n-Roll's Past, Present and Future. In 2009, your host – Vinyl Richie – (Rock Junkie + Musical Obsessive) rose from the ashes of WORT's Monster Crawfish Road Rally Extravaganza to create the Vinyl Resting Place for the airwaves. Radio that is always evolving, both timeless and avant-garde, like a Lava Lamp for your ears. Tune in and turn it up!
    LIVE @ 11:00 PM