The Disclaimer: The Big Gig’s big payday
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Nearly every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of The A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
A recent Journal Sentinel article by Daniel Bice revealed that Summerfest CEO Don Smiley is pulling down nearly $800,000 a year, and that his pay is determined in relative secrecy by a four-person panel. Ryan, Evan, and Matt discuss whether or not Smiley is worth this staggering sum (more than the combined salaires of the Milwaukee mayor, police chief, county executive, and sheriff), and what this means for local bands that often play for free during the festival. Things get a little testy when Matt compares local bands to low-paid janitors, and when Evan awards Ryan a symbolic cookie for his controversial views.
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