’88Nine Radio Milwaukee’ Adult Alternative WYMS Milwaukee (88.9) is expanding its flagship ‘Community Stories’ program to a full weekly podcast titled Single Milwaukee. The podcast will collect the stories broadcast daily on the radio and present them on demand. New episodes of Uniquely Milwaukee will be released every Monday.
“Community Stories is a beloved part of Radio Milwaukee,” said WYMS Content Director Nate Imig. “By expanding this content into a weekly themed podcast, Uniquely Milwaukee will dramatically increase the number of stories we can share with listeners.”
Imig will serve as the podcast’s executive producer. With over a decade of experience leading the Community Stories program, he has produced hundreds of audio stories for the station and its website.
Only Milwaukee will be hosted by Salam Fatayer of Radio Milwaukee. Originally from Palestine, Salam grew up in South Milwaukee until her family moved back to Palestine when she was in sixth grade. Salam returned to Milwaukee in 2012 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She joined the Radio Milwaukee team as an intern in 2019 and has been in her current position as an audio storyteller since August 2021.
“Spending my formative years in the occupied territories of Palestine really ignited my passion for storytelling,” Fatayer said. “It’s an honor to share someone’s story and give listeners authentic perspectives from different viewpoints.”
The launch of the podcast is part of Radio Milwaukee’s 15th anniversary celebrations this year. The first episode of Uniquely Milwaukee centers around the city’s bodegas.
“The podcast’s tagline is ‘stories that stay with you’ and that’s really our barometer of success with this content – we want listeners to hear these stories and expand their perspectives,” Imig said. “We want this podcast to push people out of their comfort zone to take action, try something new, or connect with another person.”