The Best Damn Radio Show Ever!
The Brian & Joe Radio Show was the realization of a dream for Brian Mueller and Joe Wessels, friends who had interned in radio and hoped to one day host a show of their own.
In 2005 the opportunity to host a summer program opened up WAIF 88.3FM in Cincinnati, a local public and educational radio station. Brian and Joe seized the opportunity, staying up all night before the first show recording their own introduction, bumpers, and public service announcements.
The Brian & Joe Radio Show gained an immediate following and developed significant traction within Cincinnati during the summer of 2005. Podcasting was a new phenomenon that also helped to grow the show’s audience. Many well-known community members and media figures joined Brian and Joe in the WAIF studio that summer to discuss a host of issues including community diversity, transportation, local history, and politics. The highlight of the first season of The Brian & Joe Radio Show was a public forum held at Kaldi’s Coffee House in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood which was attended by 19 candidates for Cincinnati City Council and Mayor. It was a rousing success!
Alas the summer came to an end, and so too did the first edition of The Brian and Joe Radio Show. At that time Brian and Joe went their separate ways to pursue other endeavors for a couple of years until the opportunity to do another show once again presented itself.
In 2009 Joe joined the board of directors at WVQC 95.7FM, a low-power radio station also in Cincinnati. WVQC was looking for additional content to broadcast, and so Joe approached Brian with the idea of reviving The Brian & Joe Radio Show. Though no longer living in Cincinnati, Brian embraced the idea. The first of the new episodes was published in November of 2009.
The development of new technologies including the Internet made recording shows over long distances much easier, and as such The Brian & Joe Radio Show was able to produce a wide variety of new programs with guests all over the country, and even in a couple of cases, the world. During the 2009-2010 run of The Brian & Joe Radio Show, several programs were produced on site in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Fredericksburg, Texas. These are among some of the most popular episodes recorded.
Again, there came a time when producing The Brian & Joe Radio Show was no longer feasible. The final program was published in late October of 2010. Brian and Joe once more went their separate ways, but continue to be good friends and collaborators. They hope The Brian & Joe Radio Show lives on as an historically relevant educational program, as well as an entertaining example of the power of great radio.
Throughout its production, The Brian & Joe Radio Show was non-profit, broadcast on public radio, and made freely available for download. Many guests and contributors gave generously of their time and expertise. Brian and Joe solely funded the broadcast with some non-financial support from WAIF and WVQC. Producing the show required a great deal of time, effort, and commitment from the hosts. Both Brian and Joe recall their experience with the show fondly, even with all of the production challenges.The Hosts…
Brian Mueller is an independent graphic designer and technical consultant living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enjoys being active in the community and loves to create through his writing and graphic work. He plans to soon publish a second book of poetry relating to his personal growth and development.
Joe Wessels is a staff member at CTI Mobilcomm and in his spare time a freelance journalist. Joe also resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is well-known within the city for his reporting as well as his community involvement. When Joe isn’t busy with work or volunteering, he likes to take his scooter for a ride just about anywhere in town.