Visiting with Sonia

What a nice surprise this afternoon to discover that my old friend Sonia was broadcasting her WMSE (91.7FM) “Blues Drive” radio show from the Grohmann Museum to promote Gallery Night. I was working late this afternoon when I saw her set up with all her equipment in the corner near the second floor elevator. When I stopped to say hello, she put me on the air and asked me about my students, the museum’s art, and my blog.

As I tried to explain my blog’s name, I realized it could use a better title than “” It seemed so simple when I set it up, especially since “Katherine Wikoff” was the first potential domain name I tried that wasn’t already taken when I went to register my blog. A “titled” blog name would be a lot easier to describe and a lot more memorable than my own “name” name. But, oh well. It is what it is.

Sonia and I have known each other since working together many years ago. In October 2012, a few months after starting my blog, I visited her while she did her Friday afternoon “Blues Drive” show at WMSE and then wrote up an account of our conversation in a blog post.

It is one of my most viewed posts ever. So if you’d like to read more about the voice behind Milwaukee’s best (actually America’s best, in my opinion 🙂 ) blues show, you can link to my “Sonia – Blues Radio DJ” post here.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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7 Responses to Visiting with Sonia

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    Love the pic. You look so cute!


  2. It’s so nice to run into old friends!

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  3. Wendy Wong says:

    My sister and I were DJs with Manny Mauldin Jr. prior to Sonia’s stint. I grew to love blues and jazz and often did a gospel program for, I believe, Kansas City. It was a great time and we met many interesting people at Manny’s. It’s so cool that Sonia is still serving up the blues, I am definitely going to have to listen to her show.

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    • Wow, thank you for leaving your comment on this post. What a cool thing to have in your background that you worked with Manny Mauldin! I didn’t live in Milwaukee then, but I understand that back in the day he was a very big deal. Sonia is amazing. I’ve known her for years but never realized until I heard her on the radio how fabulous her voice is. I hope you enjoy her show!


      • Wendy Wong says:

        Then I’ll will definitely have to listen. The reason I even thought about this was because I tutor students at MPS Vincent HS in an after school organization. Someone was complimenting a young man on his smooth radio-sounding voice for the morning announcements. It made me think of Manny so I googled!

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        • Great story! I love the way daily life throws these serendipitous little sparks our way, triggering associations that bridge a connection between the present day and all the other moments in our lives.


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