The WZMF Story.
Imagine literally growing up with and amongst the crazy environs of a progressive rock station. Seeing its’ beginning through the eyes of a teen age kid and having your mentors and influences being that of a group of seemingly immoral, strangely artistic and hopelessly poor hippies who were trapsing from the East Side of town to pastoral Menominee Falls to vent their creative and social agendas and then when the time comes for you to inherit it; to come into you own and actively participate, it all ends.
I’ve known of Steve Amann’s story for quite some time and never found the opportunity to write about it. His father, Ron Amann, was one of three Globe Union co-workers who decided to take a shot at owning a radio station. With the only available frequency being that of a low power (3,000 watt) 98.3, they partnered up and rolled the dice.
In 1999 WMSE held an on-air WZMF Reunion. It was a 2 hour show that featured many of the folks you may have already heard on the WZMF Final Hour podcast hosted by “Nick The Greek.” (Who, by the way, has a great on air presence.) During the show Steve called in from a Midway Motor Lodge in Kenosha to tell this story (with the help of some friends). It’s an articulate, passionate and relevent rendering of the tale of how ZMF came to be and what it was like to be in and around it.
No doubt Steve has much more to tell than the snippets here and hopefully we’ll someday see an expanded rendering of that in print. This runs 19:52.
Very special thanks again to Al Javorek!