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

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 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.

Mask requirements

For face mask requirements in Dane County, see .

COVID-19 Current Order Updates

Public Health Madison & Dane County is posting updates to the current order for our county on their web page at

County school reopen virtually

The current COVID-19 emergency order, which took effect Aug. 24, requires all schools in Dane County to "begin the school year virtually for students in grades 3-12." Details and FAQ are available at .

COVID-19 Community Resources

The City of Madison has created a Community Resources page for COVID-19 at Public Health Updates from the city are available at
UW Health continues to maintain a COVID-19 Information page at
Current national and international pandemic statistics are available at

Make Music Madison Broadcast

Sunday June 21 is Make Music Madison day. Due to COVID-19 there will be no live broadcast or gathering at the WIDE-LP transmitter garage this year. Instead we will feature recorded music by Madison area artists all day, between talk shows, from 7 am to midnight. The schedule as currently planned is shown at If you have a favorite Madison artist you would like to see on the schedule, email the station at radio -at- widelp -dot- org.

Outreach Grant Approved

The Friends of WIDE-LP, 5 station supporters who live in the Midvale Heights neighborhood where our station is located, submitted an application to Madison's Neighborhood Grants Program to fund a neighborhood outreach project. The project is described in an article on page 3 of the current issue of the Midvale Messenger newsletter online at Yesterday the $825 grant was approved by the Common Council. More news will appear here as the project gets underway.

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