New COVID-19 Order for Dane County

Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed by Emergency Order #12 starting Jan. 13. See https://mailchi.mp/53723e81fe94/covid-19-newsletter-924746

Program changes for 2021

We start the new year with several program changes on Sundays. Making Contact moves to 1 pm and Insights or Squaring the Strange on alternate weeks moves to 2 pm. In addition, older Squaring the Strange shows not previously aired will air every Sunday at 4 pm until we are caught up to date. This Week in Virology at 6 pm is being discontinued and an expanding Musical Time Machine, http://madisonwi.us/WIDE-LP/MTM/index.htm, is returning at 7 pm.

Small indoor gatherings now allowed

Emergency order #11 as posted at https://publichealthmdc.com/documents/2020-12-15_Order_11.pdf is now in effect. It allows indoor gatherings in Dane County of up to 10 people, plus employees.

Be a guest host for Musical Time Machine

A program featured on WIDE-LP radio in the past that will reappear in January is Musical Time Machine. The 32 artists or groups that have been previously featured can be seen at http://madisonwi.us/WIDE-LP/MTM/index.htm. The idea is to feature a different group each week that has been producing albums for more than a decade. The station is looking for guest hosts to do enough new shows to fill out 2021 in combination with the old shows. The shows will air Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 pm (with more time available if needed).

License renewal granted

As of 11/20/20, the FCC granted renewal of WIDE-LP's broadcast license through 12/1/28. The authorization can be viewed at https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/api/download/lm/authorizatio...

Thanksgiving message from the City of Madison

The message can be seen at https://mailchi.mp/ef55cd9a01f2/covid-19-newsletter-923762?e=0a67b64d9f . It says, in part:

"Dane County is currently under Public Health Order #10, which prohibits indoor gatherings with people you do not live with, and restricts outdoor gatherings to 10 people or less, with physical distancing. Getting tested before gathering with others only tells you if you had COVID on the day you were tested. A negative test does not necessarily mean it is safe to gather with others.

Indoor gatherings prohibited in Dane County

Due to the coronavirus spike, from Nov. 18 to Dec. 16 indoor gatherings of any size are prohibited in our county. The details can be seen at https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/forward-dane/current-order.

License renewal comment opportunity

The following announcement is currently airing 3 times a week on WIDE-LP:
On August 3, 2020, Madison Mainstream Radio (formerly HEALTH WRITERS, INC.), licensee of WIDE-LP, 99.1 FM, MADISON, WI, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for renewal of license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information on how to file comments and petitions can visit www.fcc.gov/stationsearch and search in the list of WIDE-LP's filed applications.

UW–Madison offers rapid COVID testing

UW-Madison is now offering free COVID-19 testing to area residents, ages five years and older, at the fully accessible Nielsen Tennis Stadium. This testing is for members of the public and participants do not need to be UW–Madison students or employees. The rapid antigen testing from Abbott BinaxNOW delivers results in as little as 15 minutes.

Are We Defunding Madison Police?

District 10 alder, Zachary Henak, and three other West Side alders have scheduled a Westside Community Conversation for October 21 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. The topic of this meeting is "Are We Defunding the Police?" Guests are Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Laura Larsen, the City's Budget and Program Evaluation Manager, and Acting Chief of Police Victor Wahl and his West Police District Staff.

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