Good news in the focus of the radio show

Wayne Netzler (left) and Chuck Reynolds host Good News Waupaca on FM 96.3. Submitted photo

City and Rotary collaborate on programs

By Robert Cloud

Down the hall from the council chambers, the city of Waupaca radio station is crammed into two small rooms.

Together with WIN TV, the city’s community media offers live broadcasts of city council meetings, videos of the library, programs from Winchester Academy and the Waupaca Historical Society, performances by local bands, and special events.

Waupaca Radio FM broadcasts 96.3 Good News Waupaca from 9 am to 10 am on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Wayne Netzler, who airs on Waupaca Radio every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Chuck Reynolds, President of the Waupaca Rotary Club, will host the program.

They interview guests who talk about local opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the community.

Recent guests have included Tara Roberts-Turner, who shared her experiences at the White House Conference on Diet, Hunger and Health, Steve Johnson and Mary Zimmerman of the Waupaca Area Community Foundation, and Fred Silloway with Friends of Hartman Creek State Park Other.

Post on good news

On November 2, the show featured Waupaca County Post editor Robert Cloud and reporter James Card.

On almost every show, Reynolds and Netzler share headlines with positive news from this week’s Waupaca County Post.

Good News Waupaca aired its first show on June 1st. Guests included Bob Adams from Foundations for Living, Laura Colbert from Arts Hub, Sue Abrahamson from the library and Tracy Behrendt from the Waupaca Area Historical Society.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the show aims to build goodwill in the community.

Each broadcast 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 of the show,” Netzler said, noting that city media staff had discussed the show’s concept but it “was put on hold for a while because of Covid.”

Werner is the city’s Director of IT and Community Media.

Netzler said Reynolds was involved and “among the three of us it was bam! and we had Good News Waupaca.”

A lifelong love of music brought Netzler to radio.

In 1992 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a major in radio, television and film.

However, his career shifted to record shops and concert halls.

He began 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 returned to UW-Oshkosh for a year to learn about technology,” Netzler said. “I’ve gone back to what I originally planned to do when I was younger.”

Netzler said his favorite part of the show is the people.

“Everyone’s life is a canvas,” Netzler said. “People are more interesting than events.”

He noted that he learns something new at every show.

“I hope listeners get that sense and I hope they enjoy it,” Netzler said.

Reynolds said the idea for Good News Waupaca came about around the same time the Rotary Club was “promoting peace in our community.”

Good things in community

“Because of their phones, people can easily focus on things that are far away,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to know what’s happening in your community.”

During its meetings, Rotary has 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 worked out how it was going to work.”

For Reynolds, the show is about all the opportunities for local residents to get involved in their community,

“We moved here from the St. Louis area about 3 1/2 years ago,” Reynolds said, noting that the metro area has a zoo, art museum, theater and symphony orchestra.

“It surprised me how we can have a completely full calendar here,” said Reynolds. “It’s a vibrant community. People who live here are like fish in water. They underestimate what they have.”

Reynolds pointed to all of the opportunities that Waupaca offers in terms of community participation, music and the arts, opportunities to not just be a spectator but a participant.

“That’s the spirit of this community, working together, doing something,” Reynolds said.

See Good News Waupaca interviews online at https://www.facebook.com/GoodNewsWaupaca/



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