Five and Dime Show

WMSE 91.7 FM in Milwaukee Wisconsin has been playing great alternative music since 1981, with live streaming available to anyone with an internet connection.

The non-commercial radio station by the Milwaukee School of Engineering, which runs on donations from the public, uses all volunteer DJ’s. So you know you’re getting music from folks who play just for the sheer love of music.

WMSE plays all day every day with a new DJ playing every three hours, so variety is the rule and repetition the exception.

Perhaps one of the most interesting offerings by the station is the Five and Dime show, heard every Thursday 9am-noon CT.

The Five and Dime is run by Shopkeeper Ken and his cohort Grasscutter Andy. The pair take turns at the helm every other week.

Shopkeeper Ken knows his music, evidenced by the fact that he runs a record store in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood (click here for a nice write up).

Andy is no slouch either.

Where else in the world are you going to hear Giles, Giles, and Fripp, Devo, and Black Sabbath all in the same set?

It’s difficult and perhaps unfair to generalize, but broadly speaking The Grasscutter plays a more aggressive selection than the more melancholy stylings by the Shopkeep.

Ken started out at WMSE alternating a time slot with the late Cosmo Cruz – an institution at WMSE.

Since 2009, Ken setup shop with Andy for their unique brand of music exploration every Thursday.

Their most recent shows of the past three years (like all shows at WMSE) are archived on the WMSE website, where they can be streamed or downloaded for the incredible price of FREE.

With Ken and Andy at the controls, you know you’re going to hear something unique and mighty pleasurable.