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Paperback Version of “9XM Talking” Celebrates 100 Years of WPR

University of Wisconsin Press has joined in the fun with a new edition

Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the University of Wisconsin Press has joined in the fun with a new edition of “9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea” by Randall Davidson.

The book chronicles “Wisconsin’s educational radio stations, from the first broadcast by experimental station 9XM at the University of Wisconsin to the network of stations known today as Wisconsin Public Radio.” Davidson offers the “history of the University of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post–World War II FM stations that formed the WPR network” and also describes how 9XM became a tangible example of ‘the Wisconsin Idea.’”

Available June 27, the 424-page paperback book will cost $24.95. “9XM Talking” features 38 black-and-white photos, six black-and-white illustrations, 22 maps and two tables.

The book has been named as a Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award of Merit.

As the unoffocial historian for WPR, Davidson previously worked as news producer and news anchor for 18 years, and went to serve as the network’s chief announcer. He is now director of radio services and a senior lecturer in Radio TV Film at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He lives in Fond du Lac, Wis.