Trapper Schoepp

Assistant Lake Effect Producer

Trapper Schoepp became Lake Effect's assistant producer in August 2019. 

He first joined WUWM in May 2009 as an intern with Lake Effect, and has since worked with the station behind the scenes and on-air. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a certificate in Rock and Roll Studies from Peck School of the Arts.

Outside the station, he can be found on stages across America performing as a singer-songwriter. Off-air, he can be heard exchanging quotes from The Big Lebowski with WUWM’s Mitch Teich.

His radio aspirations stem from hearing “W*O*L*D” by Harry Chapin, a song that chronicles the life of a transient disc jockey in search of happiness and a good song.

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Grafton, Wis., is an unlikely place to be the center of African American music. But for about a decade in the 1920s and early '30s, it was the home of Paramount Records — a label devoted to jazz and blues. Artists like Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there.

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Jonathan Wilson is a rare link in the canon of rock music. He’s toured with artists like Tom Petty and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. He's produced modern artists like Father John Misty and Dawes. While bridging this generational gap, the Los Angeles musician has become one of rock’s most in-demand producers.

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If there are readers on your holiday shopping list — or you’re looking to add some titles to your own reading list — Boswell Book Company’s Daniel Goldin has suggestions for readers of all ages.

Here are some of Goldin's favorite books of 2019:

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In just two years, Peter Stathas went from his first dance class to performing with the José Limón Dance Company on Center Stage in New York City. "I was just so in love with learning something like this that it probably didn't occur to me until I got on some bigger stages and realized I was in a different stratosphere now," he explains.

He admits to having a big learning curve initially. "Some of my best performances were in malls, funny places like that because I didn't have the feeling of pressure," he says.

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Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians.

Here's a selection from Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup for November 2019:

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During World War I, soldiers coined the term "shell shock" to describe their post-traumatic reactions to war. "Battle fatigue" came along during World War II and Korea, and by Vietnam it was called "combat stress reaction." It was all post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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In 1952, Victor Grossman defected to the Soviet Union. Born Stephen Wechsler in New York City, Grossman says defecting wasn’t something he wanted to do. But he was afraid the U.S. Army would find out about his socialist and communist activities while he was a student at Harvard University. This was at a time when anti-communist sentiment ran high in the U.S.; Grossman knew he was looking at the possibility of decades of jail time.

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Bronzeville was one of Milwaukee’s early African American neighborhoods, and the new documentary Remembering Bronzeville showcases its people and history. The film tells the story of this resilient neighborhood through interviews and archival footage brought together by documentary filmmaker Mark Doremus and his wife, Marquette journalism professor Karen Slattery.

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Architect and UWM professor Chris Cornelius sees architecture as a production of culture and the backdrop of our lives. An enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, his work focuses on his American Indian roots and how cities act as a built environment with its architecture.

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Legendary rock veteran Todd Rundgren has been making music for over 50 years, penning classics like Hello, It’s Me and I Saw The Light. In Wisconsin, though, the multi-instrumentalist is most known for Bang the Drum All Day, now a celabratory post-touchdown anthem for the Green Bay Packers.

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Rachel Bloom might not be the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend from her hit TV show anymore, but the Emmy award-winning actress, songwriter, and comedian is still performing. From the role of Silver in Angry Birds 2 to her own stage show, Rachel Bloom Live, Bloom is bringing her particular brand of humor and music to worldwide audiences. 

"There's little to no fourth wall," says Bloom of her live show. "I love the shows changing as we go."

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The National Science Foundation announced this summer that the Milwaukee Public Museum will receive a $4.3 million grant for the Terrestrial Parasite Tracker. This massive digital database will organize more than 1.3 million arthropod specimens (ticks, mosquitoes, fleas) in a geographically comprehensive way.

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Cars driving to Bay View from Milwaukee on Kinnickinnic Avenue generally pass unscathed. But vehicles taller than 12-feet 9-inches, aren't so lucky. Along that route is a bridge nicknamed the "KK Can Opener" that's been getting semis and delivery trucks stuck on a regular basis.

"Like a tin can, they get their top ripped off," says Matt Hrodey, writer of "Bay View Truck Eater" in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine

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Skylight Music Theatre's new artistic director is Michael Unger. The New York City theater and opera director has worked on stages from Los Angeles to Russia, yet he sees something unique in the Skylight. 

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The Minnesota string band Trampled By Turtles has elevated string music and exposed audiences everywhere to the new sounds that traditional bluegrass instruments can create. Their songs are often high intensity and influenced by rock, but still deliver folk charm.

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