Jim Bartlett

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The only thing I ever really wanted to be was a radio DJ. And although I have tried to be other things in my adult life, a radio DJ is still the thing I most want to be.

I was raised on a dairy farm near Monroe, and I went to college at UW-Platteville. After graduation, I worked at several different radio stations in Iowa and Illinois. In the middle of the 1990s, I went back to college at the University of Iowa with the intention of getting out of radio and becoming a social studies teacher. But on the way to my first teaching job, I was intercepted by an educational publishing company in Iowa City, and I became a full-time writer instead. I have worked as a writer and editor, both on some company’s payroll and as a freelancer, ever since. In 2000, a corporate education job brought us to Madison.

At one point in the late 90s and early 00s, I went nine years without doing a radio show. In 2006, I got a job working for Mid-West Family Broadcasting on 93.1 the Lake, a station that no longer exists, but remains much beloved by those of us who remember it. In 2008, I started working for Magic 98, and if you are able to read this bio on Magic’s website, I apparently still do.

My wife Ann and I have no kids, two cats, eight nephews, three nieces, and Badger football season tickets. We are also craft-beer geeks, so if you see us at the bar, say hello.

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The Morning After

A few years ago, I went into the archives and looked at some of the morning-after Election Day editions of the Wisconsin State Journal. Here’s some of what I found: On Wednesday, November 8, 1972, the State Journal punned,

40 Years of Boz

I have been fairly fortunate in that there's not much left on my rock concert bucket list. A full Bruce Springsteen show is about the last of it—having seen him during John Kerry's Madison presidential campaign rally

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Old 45s

Vinyl is a big deal again, with vinyl sales at levels unseen since the compact disc swept vinyl records away nearly 30 years ago. I have a lot of friends who have gone back to buying vinyl