Brad Williams

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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WAMO state tourney returns to La Crosse for 1st time in 5 years.








In May of 1967, the Wisconsin Senate had rejected a plan to increase the minimum age for drinking beer to 19. Governor Warren Knowles was pushing for a uniform drinking age of 21, as part of a highway safety plan. At that time, young people in the state could legally drink beer at 18, but local governments had the option to raise that to 21.




Was there an audience that wanted to hear La Crosse City Council meetings on the radio? Station WLCX had ended its practice of broadcasting the monthly meetings. City leaders asked both WLCX and WKBH if they were interested in resuming the live broadcasts. The stations said they might occasionally carry the council live, if there was some important topic on the agenda.




A newspaper ad promoted some nice gifts for Mother's Day, wedding anniversaries, or June brides...from a hardware store. Poehling's Our Own Hardware on Ward Avenue had marked small appliances at 20 % off. The ideal gift 50 years ago, 1967, yesterday in La Crosse.





French Island man reportedly had hundreds of pornographic images on computer.


Facility will, again, act as cooling shelter this summer.


Stevie Wonder had a hit in 1974 with the song "Living for the City."  The record includes one phrase which could get you in trouble if you said it today..."Cause where he lives, they don't use colored people."  The expression "colored people" is frowned upon now.


Seventy-four was the same year "Blazing Saddles" played in theaters.  The Mel Brooks comedy about a black sheriff in the Old West frequently used "the N word" which gets deleted from the movie now, when seen on TV.  The same word was found in the title of a Richard Pryor comedy album released in 1974.

New TV shows featuring black performers which began in '74 included "That's My Mama," "Get Christie Love!," and "Good Times."  Comedian Jimmie Walker played J.J. on "Good Times," and came to UW-La Crosse that fall to perform comedy at Main Hall. 

It was a time when people sometimes chose to "Rock the Boat"...the name of a hit song in 1974, Yesterday in La Crosse.


Events have been very informative, eye-opening to those who have listened.


In 1987, the La Crosse City Council was selling bonds for construction of a larger terminal on the west side of the runway.  It would replace a much smaller building on the east side of the property.  The new building, which opened in 1989, was estimated to cost $5 million.  Airport manager Duane Haataja said the new terminal should supply the city's needs until at least 2005.  The terminal was renovated in 2015 and 2016.

As you might expect, there were public objections to the new terminal site.  A group called "Citizens for Better Airport Planning" was against that west-side building, and also opposed the development of an industrial park nearby.  The group said if the city was unwilling to change its plans, the dispute might go to court. 

Game shows were still popular on network TV in the daytime in 1987.  Most of the shows were revivals of games that debuted in earlier decades, including "The Price Is Right," "Classic Concentration," "Super Password," and "Pyramid."  First-run games on the networks included "Wheel of Fortune" and "Scrabble"...30 years ago, 1987, yesterday in La Crosse.


Candahl said dept. averages 150 scene calls per year.








In May of 1964, at the urging of the city council, the La Crosse School Board voted to build a new 1,500 student high school on the south side...effectively replacing the existing Central High School on Cass Street. The school board had been leaning toward leaving Central where it was, and building a smaller third high school to meet growing enrollment demands. One reason given for having two schools instead of three was apathy...the lack of much public opinion to guide the school board.




Citizens of La Crosse were not apathetic about the possibility of losing the local weather bureau. They fought to keep it, despite a federal plan to close the La Crosse office to save money. In May, Senator William Proxmire announced that public interest helped keep the weather station open.




Lots of area towns still had passenger rail service in '64. La Crosse had six stops by Milwaukee Road trains each day. The Hiawatha and Pioneer Limited went west with stops at Winona and Red Wing, and provided service to New Lisbon and Portage on their eastward runs. Riding the rails 53 years ago, 1964, yesterday in La Crosse.





Consultant says building should focus on conventions, while board president disagrees.


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