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.
Last week saw an unlikely victory for community activist group Common Ground, which successfully pressured Nationstar Mortgage (connected to Bucks owner Wes Edens) to pledge $30 million over three years to help with mortgage restructuring in Milwaukee. Common Ground has been critical of the use of public funds for the new Bucks arena, and is also looking for $80 million from the city to improve distressed playgrounds and school athletic facilities. If the group doesn’t get the cash, it promises to make the money the city is contributing to the arena “an issue” in the 2016 city elections. Ryan, Evan, and Matt discuss the little community activist group that could, and marvel at its strong-arm, punching-above-its-weight tactics. They also compare and contrast it to another “grassroots” group, the anti-streetcar crowd, which recently fizzled out with hardly a notice.