By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Feb 06, 2007 at 5:07 AM

The new 88.9 FM (88Nine RadioMilwaukee), operated by the non-profit organization Radio For Milwaukee, wants your thoughts about life in the Milwaukee area.
The station -- expected to launch on Feb. 26 -- recently launched its Sphere Research Project.  It will use the survey results to jump-start a community conversation about issues most important to area residents and to help shape future programming on the station.
"The Sphere Research Project will take this new media entity, 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, into different parts of the community and allow us to include an incredibly wide range of viewpoints and voices in our programming," said J. Mikel Ellcessor, Executive Director of Radio For Milwaukee.  The station hired Ellcessor, a former executive with WNYC-FM in New York City, late last year.  He still lives in Brooklyn, with his wife, but spends many days each week in Milwaukee.

"RadioMilwaukee is a radio station, an on-line experience and will develop into a community hub. We want to provide the deepest level of service to the community. To do this, we need to hear what's on peoples' minds. We're providing many unique ways for you to tell us what you think about your community and the Milwaukee area."
The research will be used by RadioMilwaukee to make programming decisions and in its larger objective of community building. The results will be released publicly after the surveys are completed this spring. will be a RadioMilwaukee media partner and's Jeff Sherman is on the station's advisory board.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.