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WIBA Radio Still Not Worth Your Time–Seemingly Unware Of Hooding Ceremony For Law School Graduates

March 24, 2016

It has been at least a year since I tuned into WIBA radio for information.   This morning with sleet pelting my windows I wondered the state of the roads.   So I flipped the dial to the local Madison station to be told in the traffic report that some roads might have snow, some roads might have ice, some bridges might be slippery.    I knew that much when I looked out the window of my home!

What I should have done at that point was tune the dial to my regular morning spots—WHA and WGN.  But instead I waited for their local news report.

There is a sing-song quality to the news as it appears there might be actual copy they have prepared but at times the on-air team lapse into some opinionated this or that in the midst of a story.    This morning one half of the morning team, Robin Colbert, stated that the annual hooding ceremony for the graduating class at the law school sounded—in essence–scary.  Clearly that was not part of the news copy and she was trying to sound what—funny?—spontaneous?

She came across as sounding rustic and not knowledgeable about a very grand tradition.

I am not trying to sound overly harsh about on-air mistakes.  I worked in radio broadcasting, too.   Mistakes happen to all who venture on-air.  But there was a willingness by Colbert to make the statement this morning and look foolish as a result.

How can anyone live in Madison for decades, have the UW-Madison in their midst, work in broadcast journalism for decades and not know about the hooding ceremony for these law school graduates.    IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR!

This year it will be most special as former Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at the ceremony which involves law school faculty placing the hood of a juris doctor on graduating students.

I may not have learned any useful traffic information this morning on WIBA but I did come away from the experience knowing Wisconsin Public Radio is where the morning radio dial needs to stay.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2016 12:08 PM

    You have always seem interesting to me–now knowing your reporting background–even more so. I love radio as you know from this blog. and think it still is the most intimate of media–and that includes TV. I have lamented the loss of how local radio news used to be gathered and reported. There was a whole hour of news on WDUX and WSPT when I was a boy in central WI devoted to mid-day news. At WDOR–where I worked–the same at 12 Noon, and then a large block at 5PM, too. And we cared about our on-air product. We took it seriously. Anyway, I could go on…..sure would like to hear more about your past and perhaps someday if you are in Madison we can sit over coffee and talk this summer. We always have an extra blue Adirondack chair out on the front lawn for the friend who stops by. Thanks for your comment.

  2. March 24, 2016 11:20 AM

    It’s been at least a decade since WIBA has been worth listening to. I give my husband credit — he can stand WIBA’s sports broadcasts. Local radio? For the most part, it’s dead. Sense of objectivity and dedication to reporting? Not so much any more. And like you, I used to be a reporter, and my husband was a public radio news reporter and producer.

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