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A Magic 98 alumnus has hit a bumpy road.  You never heard him on-air, because his job was to keep us on-the-air.  Chris Cain was Magic's first Chief Engineer, and we worked together for several years in the 80s.  Chris was a valuable member of the WISM team for decades before that, and when our company transitioned WISM-FM to WMGN in 1983, Chris made the technical tasks unfold without a glitch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Chris on August 13th at a special WISM reunion luncheon being organized by long-time Madison broadcaster Jonathan Little. The Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association has publicized Chris's situation by preparing this message:

The WBA has learned of a dire situation facing former broadcaster, CHRIS CAIN. CHRIS was a longtime engineer for MID-WEST FAMILY RADIO and WISC-TV, in MADISON. 
CHRIS has been stricken with Parkinson's disease. He has undergone a Deep Brain Stimulation procedure, is homebound, and needs intravenous medical treatment daily. He is currently undergoing electrical impulse treatments. There is cautious optimism about stabilizing his condition. In the meantime, CHRIS has had to quit his most recent job with AMS/US CELLULAR, leaving him and his wife, JUDY, with her income and Social Security Disability. Between his wife's income and Medicare, there is not sufficient monthly income to meet all of his normal household bills, including his mortgage. 

With the urging of several MADISON area broadcasters, the WBA FOUNDATION voted to create a special CHRIS CAIN FUND to receive contributions and make disbursements to assist CHRIS and JUDY. Through the good offices of TOM WALKER, MID-WEST FAMILY RADIO has pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, the first $10,000 in contributions made to the CHRIS CAIN FUND.
We urge you to make whatever contribution you can, large or small, to the CHRIS CAIN FUND. Your contribution to this WBA FOUNDATION Fund will be fully tax deductible.

Please do what you can, and make your check payable to the WISCONSIN BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION, with the notation,

44 E. Mifflin Street
Suite 900


It's hard to find a great malt. Most of the places that made them are gone. Does anyone recall Oregon's "Waterfall" restaurant from the 60s and 70s? The building is still there, but vacant, with weeds growing in the parking lot. I finally got a chance to visit Mullen's in Watertown recently. I suggest the butterscotch malt.

What a great last day Augie had. A surprise visit from older sister Kate, a walk on her favorite trail, a loud "WOOF" for the UPS Man, and a special hamburger meal. Augie had delevoped an inoperable tumor next to her heart. The wonderful Dr. Jesse Sondel at Spring Harbor assisted us today, as "Aug" peacefully slipped away in the arms of her people.

Augusta "Augie" O'Neill 2001-2011


I have several Facebook friends that I haven't otherwise seen or talked to in years. One of my "friends" is actually more of a hero to me. As a young man he traveled the Top 40 radio circuit from his tiny midwest hometown to Fargo, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and finally the Twin Cities. He impacted me in several ways. I used to listen to him on the radio when I was a teenager. When I was just starting out in Minneapolis radio, this guy arrived in town to work for a different station. He was such a strong morning show personality and brilliant manager that his station clobbered mine, which flipped formats and fired the entire staff. And then he hired me! I worked for him for less than a year, and only part-time, but it felt like broadcasting graduate school. His station had a "charisma" that's hard to describe, packed with super talent, great music and exciting promotions. Best of all, he took time to work closely with me, reviewing tapes of my work, helping me to shed some bad beginner's habits. I saw him at a radio convention several years ago, and he warmly greeted me, although I'm not really sure he remembered me. That's's been many years, and like any great teacher he's got lots of former students. 

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Locations : BostonChicagoMadisonMinneapolisOregonPhiladelphiaWatertownWisconsin
People : Chris CainJesse SondelKateTOM WALKER

10/05/2012 11:10AM
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