“The majority of local music at WMSE was recorded by local area bands on cassettes and transferred to a medium in broadcasting called ‘carts’. A cart looks like an eight track tape cartridge except it contained only one song. So WMSE accumulated hundreds of band's songs painstakingly transferred them to cart for airplay. We've amassed quite a collection of local music from the start of the station in 1981 up until recording and transferring music to CD became the standard method. This collection is a living testament of what once was Milwaukee’s thriving music scene and cassette culture.”
- Station Manager, Thomas S. Crawford
Milwaukee has a rich music history. MKEpunk wishes to offer defunct Milwaukee-area bands a way to share their out-of-print music, on their own terms. We believe that by creating a “sharing economy” – and licensing this music through the Creative Commons, we can document local music history one band at a time – while keeping the musician’s copyright intact. If you were in a band and want to get your music out there, read the submission rules and get in touch!