WAUSAU — Once considered a relic of the past, vinyl records are making a huge comeback in central Wisconsin. “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert will welcome longtime radio broadcaster Duff Damos and vinyl enthusiast Jaron Childs, a WXPR-Rhinelander volunteer, to discuss the magic of LP records at 10 a.m. June 27. They will delve into the reasons more people are rediscovering this popular format – and the magic that happens when the needle drops.
As any record collector will tell you, poring over dusty volumes in forgotten corners of the jazz section, or finding a classic Led Zeppelin record within the treasure trove of 1970s classic rock, is nothing short of a thrill. Thanks to renewed interest in vinyl, more artists are producing LPs, and those LPs are showing up in homes and in independent record stores throughout central Wisconsin.
“Route 51” airs at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, and 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at wpr.org/route51.