Pat O'Neill's Blog

August 2012


My daughter Kate was back in Madison for a week. She has developed into a natural, inventive cook, amusing to her parents as we're both lazy.  It's fun to watch her shop at the Farmer's Market, and her "from scratch" pie crust is world class. We hit a wide variety of places during her visit, ranging from the cool, new "4 and 20 Bakery" to her favorite restaurant  for birthdays when she was a kid.      


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, "CHRIS CAIN FUND."

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