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WRST General Manager Wendell Ray

UWO Now, a biweekly radio show and podcast that launched this week, highlights University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty, staff, students and alumni as they dig deep into today’s relevant issues from the war in Ukraine to emergency preparedness on university campuses to the latest innovations in space exploration.

The show’s premiere episode—which aired at 5 p.m. on 90.3 WRST-FM—features UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andy Leavitt sharing his thoughts with host and station general manager Wendell Ray about the pandemic’s impact on K-12 and secondary education. The two also talk about the implications of the recent national debate about student debt relief.

“This will be a place where we discuss important topics and national issues with our own UW Oshkosh experts,” Ray said. “It’s an opportunity to bring the wealth of knowledge that exists on our campuses to the local community.”

UWO Now is a collaboration between WRST and University Marketing and Communications.

“This partnership expands our ability to share UW Oshkosh’s story through a wide range of University voices that showcase the depth and breadth of our faculty and staff,” said Peggy Breister, UWO’s chief communications officer. “The 30-minute format and conversational style will give our listeners and viewers the opportunity to explore issues from a broader perspective than we typically share in our UW Oshkosh Today news coverage and Titan magazine content.”

Following each radio broadcast, extended versions of the conversations will be available as podcast episodes on a number of platforms, including Apple, Google, Spotify, TuneIn and iHeartRadio. In addition, episodes will be available to watch on UWO’s YouTube channel.

An award-winning broadcast journalist, Ray teaches radio courses for UWO’s radio TV film department in addition to overseeing operations of WRST, the student-managed campus radio station, which is part of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.

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