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Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know Coming to Carbondale March 26

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

LOCAL CONTACTS: Jeff Williams, General Manager/News & Public Affairs Director, WSIU Radio, (618) 453-6170, jeff.williams@wsiu.org; Laura Cobin, Donor Communications Coordinator, (618) 453-4287, laura.cobin@wsiu.org; Susan Patrick, Customer Service Representative, (618) 453-6184, susan.patrick@wsiu.org

TO ARRANGE INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL FELDMAN: Contact Judith Heise Kovalic, Marketing Director, Whad'Ya Know?, (608) 263-9525, judith.kovalic@wpr.org

Carbondale, Ill. -- Whad'Ya Know? Michael Feldman enjoyed his 1998 visit to Southern Illinois so much that he's bringing his popular comedy quiz show back to Carbondale!

WSIU Radio, a public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will present a live broadcast of Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? on Saturday, March 26 at Shryock Auditorium,1050 S. Normal Avenue, on the SIU campus in Carbondale. Doors open at 9am, with seating requested by 9:30; the two-hour show will begin promptly at 10am.

Produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), Whad'Ya Know? airs on WSIU 91.9 FM/91.9 HD, WUSI 90.3 FM, and WVSI 88.9 FM on Saturdays from 10am until noon.

Tickets are available for purchase at SouthernTicketsOnline.com, a service of SIU Event Services, or by calling (618) 453-6000 weekdays between noon and 5pm. Prices are $50 for seating in the Director's Circle, $40 for Orchestra seating, $32 for Side/Rear Orchestra/Lower Balcony seating, and $26 for the Upper Balcony.

Visit wsiu.org and click on the Whad'Ya Know? web feature on the WSIU homepage to learn more about the show and for a link to SouthernTicketsOnline.com.

Feldman last visited Southern Illinois in 1998 when he presented a live broadcast of the show from Shryock Auditorium. Guests featured in that broadcast included former U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Makanda, Ill.; then-teenage violin prodigy Liesl Schoenberger of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Cobden (Ill.) Museum curator Patrick Brumleve; and Paul and the late Guy Renzaglia of Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass, Ill.

Joining Feldman for the March 26th broadcast are cast and crew members Jim Packard, Lyle Anderson, John Thulin, Jeff Hamman, Clyde Stubblefield, Todd Witter, Tom Blain, Aubrey Ralph, Brad Kolberg, and Michele Gerard Good. Although they will not be in attendance, staff members Maggie Karpinen, Kelley Osborne, Diana Cook, and Judith Heise Kovalic round out the support team who contribute to the success of Whad'Ya Know?

The live broadcast will feature Feldman's take on “All The Southern Illinois News That Isn't,” interviews with local and special guests, performances by area musicians, and more. Details about guests and musicians who will be featured during the live show are still in process. Stay tuned to WSIU Radio and wsiu.org for updates as they become available.

About Michael Feldman
Host Michael Feldman is a self-described “20-year overnight sensation” in the world of public radio. He made his radio debut in 1965 when his winning entry in an essay contest earned him an appearance on a radio program in Milwaukee. After working as a high school English teacher for eight years, he drove a cab and became a volunteer DJ on Madison's WORT-FM, hosting Thanks for Calling and later producing his own show, The Breakfast Special. Feldman moved to Wisconsin Public Radio in 1985 and launched Whad'Ya Know?, which immediately attracted both critical acclaim and a loyal coast-to-coast audience. 

In the early 1990s Feldman released a CD series with Nimbus Records entitled Whad'Ya Know? About the Classics. Feldman released a best-of compilation, Why Not The Best of Whad'Ya Know? in 1999, followed in 2001 by the best-of compilation Road Kill featuring selected material from the more than 80 shows Whad'Ya Know? has produced “on the road.” In 2003, Feldman released a music CD with long-time collaborator, John Sieger. Her Country: The Songs of Michael Feldman feature Feldman's lyrics and Sieger's music as performed by Sieger and The Skeletons.

Book titles include Whad'Ya Know?, published in 1991; Whad'Ya Knowledge?, published in 1993; Thanks for the Memos, published in 1995, a compilation of actual memos sent in by his listeners; Something I Said? Innuendo and Out the Other, released in 2004 by the University of Wisconsin Press; Glad You Asked, released in 2006 by Triumph Books; and Whad'Ya Know? A Bathroom Reader released in 2009 by Sourcebooks.

In 2010, Feldman celebrated his Silver Jubilee -- 25 years of hosting Whad'Ya Know? --and marked the milestone with the release of the compilation CD The First 25 Are The Hardest.

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