Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
The South Shore Frolics have been a Bay View staple for more than six decades, treating residents to an old-fashioned parade, an old-fashioned fireworks display, and other old-fashioned summer festival activities. The Frolics have struggled in recent years, however: the Bay View Lions canceled the parade in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014; and neighbors have complained about noise, litter, property damage, and an atmosphere they say no longer represents Bay View. That trouble continues in 2016 with news that both the parade and the so-called “Let’s Blow Up the Beach” fireworks display have been officially axed. Are the Frolics doomed? And what’s up with the “old Bay View vs. new Bay View” undercurrent? Ryan, Evan, and Matt march their way through the story, touching on race, class, gentrification, and frightened pets along the way. Next, they dutifully discuss the “People’s Flag of Milwaukee” for the 8,000th time, admit to some of their own hypocrisies, and dream of a day when they never have to talk about fucking flags again.