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Morgan's a Taylor Swift fan, but you don't have to be Swift to get your music on Home Made Jams.

A "Quick Six" with FM 106.1's Mitch Morgan


Milwaukee and its metro area - and Wisconsin in general - has a surprising amount of musicians and singers that are heavily influenced by country or alt-country music, so much so that they themselves have taken to performing and composing tunes within those genres.

For any artist to hear themselves on the radio is one of those things dreams are made of, and WMIL FM 106.1 is more than willing to make that possible for local and regional twang-sters.

FM 106.1 features a program on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. called Home Made Jams that runs for 30 minutes and features music by you, the aspiring country artist.

I hit WMIL's music director, Mitch Morgan, with a quick six questions about Home Made Jams, and he even lets prospective submitters know that they're not just looking for pro-style recordings and the next Taylor Swift. Alt-country is OK too!

OnMilwaukee.com: How long has the show been running?

Mitch Morgan: The program has been running for just about two years now.

OMC: How come WMIL decided to do a hometown talent show?

MM: The idea came from the company, Clear Channel, to have more local programming.

OMC: What has the reaction been from both the public and the artists?

MM: The reaction by both radio listeners and by members of the music community has been great. Everyone has been very supportive.

OMC: What are you looking for in regards to the songs that you play on the show?

MM: The songs submitted must be original, no covers. And, they don't have to be strictly country but if it turns out to be something too rocky it probably won't get on.

OMC: How can people get you their music?

MM: All a local artist has to do is go to fm106.com and click on submit music. You can upload your songs right there. Today with Apple notebook computers, etc., it is very easy to get a quality recording.

OMC: Have you encountered any hiccups with Home Made Jams?

MM: The only problem I have is getting enough new music each week to keep it fresh.

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