The city and Rotary collaborate on the program
By Robert Cloud
Down the hall from the council chambers, the Waupaca City Radio Station is crammed into two small rooms.
In addition to WIN TV, the city’s community media broadcasts live city council meetings, videos from the library, programs from Winchester Academy and the Waupaca Historical Society, performances by local bands, and special events.
From 9 to 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, Waupaca Radio FM 96.3 broadcasts Good News Waupaca.
Wayne Netzler, who is on Waupaca Radio from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, and Chuck Reynolds, president of the Waupaca Rotary Club, host the show.
They interview guests who talk about local opportunities for volunteering and contributing to the community.
Recent guests have included Tara Roberts-Turner, who spoke about her experience at the White House Conference on Nutrition, Hunger and Health, Steve Johnson and Mary Zimmerman of the Waupaca Area Community Foundation, and Fred Silloway with Friends at Hartman Creek State Park, among others.
Post on good news
On November 2, the show featured Waupaca County Post editor Robert Cloud and reporter James Card.
Almost every show features Reynolds and Netzler sharing positive news headlines from the Waupaca County Post this week.
Good News Waupaca aired its first show on June 1. Guests included Bob Adams from Foundations for Living, Laura Colbert from the Arts Hub, Sue Abrahamson from the library and Tracy Behrendt from the Waupaca Area Historical Society.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the show’s goal is to build goodwill in the community.
Each show is posted on the city’s website and on the Waupaca Good News and Waupaca Radio FM 96.3 Facebook pages.
“Josh Werner is the catalyst for the show,” Netzler said, noting that city media staff had discussed the concept for the show, but it had been “put on the back burner for a while due to from covid”.
Werner is the city’s director of IT and community media.
Netzler said Reynolds got involved and “between the three of us it was bam! and we got the Waupaca Good News.
A lifelong love for music is what brought Netzler to radio.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1992, majoring in radio, television, and film.
Her career, however, shifted to record stores and concert halls.
He started working in Atlantic City, then in Las Vegas for House of Blues, a chain of concert halls and restaurants.
In 2010 Netzler returned to Wisconsin and moved to Waupaca where he had family.
“I went back to UW-Oshkosh for a year to catch up on technology,” Netzler said. “I went back to what I originally planned to do when I was younger.”
Netzler said his favorite part of the show was the people.
“Everyone’s life is a canvas,” Netzler said. “People are more interesting than events.”
He noted that he learns something new on every show.
“I hope listeners get that feeling and I hope they enjoy it,” Netzler said.
Reynolds said the idea for Good News Waupaca came about around the same time that the Rotary Club was “promoting peace in our community.”
Good things in community
“It’s easy for people, because of their phones, to focus on distant things,” Reynolds said. “It is important to know what is going well in your own community.
At its meetings, Rotary has guest speakers who talk about their organizations and what they do for the community.
“I had this idea for a program that would give them a platform,” Reynolds said. “I brought this idea to Josh Werner. He said they were working on the same idea.
Reynolds said he, Werner and Netzler “had a few meetings and talked about how it would work.”
For Reynolds, the show represents every opportunity for local residents to get involved in their community,
“We just moved here full-time about 3 1/2 years ago from the St. Louis area,” Reynolds said, noting that the metro area has a zoo, art museum, theaters and orchestra. symphonic.
“It surprised me how full a schedule we can have here,” Reynolds said. “It’s a vibrant community. The people who live here are like fish in water. They underestimate what they have.
Reynolds pointed to all of the opportunities Waupaca provides in terms of community involvement, music and the arts, opportunities to not just be spectators, but participants.
“That’s the spirit of this community, to collaborate, to do something,” Reynolds said.
See Good News Waupaca interviews online at https://www.facebook.com/GoodNewsWaupaca/