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GRASSROOTS TIPS ON WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 (You'll find Southwest Wisconsin newspaper e-mail addresses below.)

 
Writing a letter to the editor is an important way for engaged citizens to support essential legislation, educate your neighbors, correct misinformation of earlier letters, support your favorite candidate and let people know you care about your community.

Here are some rules of thumb:

1) Write from the heart and keep it short and concise.   People lose interest if the letter rambles on too long.

2) Be informed and polite. Vitriol turns people away from your message. 

3) Always include your name, address and phone. The newspaper will not print your address or phone but some editors call to be sure you submitted the letter yourself and they like to know you are from the local area.

4) Most newspapers prefer receiving the letters by e-mail.    (See e-mail addresses for southwest Wisconsin newspapers below.)

5) Send your letter to several newspapers for maximum effect.   Area newspapers often print letters from people who are not in their readership area.   HOWEVER THEY MUST BE SENT SEPARATELY via e-mail. 

6) The deadline for letters to the editor in many weekly newspapers is Monday noon. But try not to wait until the last minute. You have a better chance of getting the letter printed if you submit it a day or two before the deadline.

7) Don't hesitate to call the editor if your letter doesn't appear in a week or so.   The newspaper can't print every letter but the editor needs to know you are watching for your letter.

FOR LETTERS TO EDITOR DISTRIBUTION in Southwest Wisconsin

Baraboo News Republic
Boscobel Dial
            dialnews@mwt.net
Cuba City: Tri-County Press
            tcpnews@yousq.net
Darlington Republican Journal
            rjeditor@centurytel.net
Dodgeville Chronicle
            news@thedodgevillechronicle.com
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
            thonline@wcinet.com
Fennimore Times
            timeseditor@tds.net
Grant County Herald Independent
            newseditor@tds.net
Mineral Point: Democrat Tribune
            jdoye@thedodgevillechronicle.com
Monroe Times
            editor@themonroetimes.com
Mount Horeb Mail
            mhmail@newspubinc.com
New Glarus: Post Messenger
            postmessenger@tds.net
Pecatonica Valley Leader
            blade@tds.net
Platteville Journal
            Journaleditor@centurytel.net
Prairie Du Chien: Courier-Press
           howe@mhtc.net
Reedsburg Independent
            reedindy@rucls.net
Reedsburg Times-Press
            rtp-news@capitalnewspapers.com
Richland Observer
            observereditor@mwt.net
Sauk Prairie Eagle
            Spe-news@capitalnewspapers.com
Sauk-Prairie Star (Updated)
            spstar@newspubinc.com
Spring Green: Home News
            homenewseditor@newspubinc.com

Madison Newspapers:

The Capital Times:tctvoice@madison.com

The Isthmus: edit@isthmus.com

Wisconsin State Journal: wsjopine@madison.com (Letters to the WSJ must be 200 words or less. Include your full name, address and phone number.)

Dubuque, IA Newspaper: The Dubuque Telegraph Herald: thonline@wcinet.com


LOCAL RADIO and TV INTERVIEW SHOWS
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WRCO AM 1450 and FM 100.9
PO Box 529, Richland Center, WI 53581
(608) 647-2111
www.wrco.com

Program Director: Phil Nee pnee@wrco.com
News Director: Aaron Joyce wrconews@wrco.com
Community Calendar: Jo Ann Krulatz jkrulatz@wrco.com

Ron Fruit’s Morning Show: He does 10 to 15 minute live interviews on from 9 to 10 a.m. (Can be phone interviews.) Ron is very helpful. Contact him at rfruit@wrco.com or (608) 647-2111. He welcomes ideas on a range of topics. Sometimes they use segments from these interviews on the regular news shows or will tape short things for the regular news shows. Best time to call Ron for setting up an interview is between 8 and 9 a.m. in the morning.

KDTH AM 1370
346 W 8th St., Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 690-0800
www.kdth.com

Voices of Tri-State Program: 12:30 to 1 p.m. weekdays. Does local interviews with newsmakers. Host: Cindy Kohlmann ckohlmann@radiodubuque.com or (563) 690-0840. You can reach her by phone but also try her email and she will call you back. Guest interviews are 25-30 minutes. Interview can be via phone or in studio. Sometimes accepts calls from listeners for guest. Covers Grant, Lafayette and Iowa Counties and also accepts Community Calendar announcements (Public Service Announcements) on their website.

WGLR AM 1280 and FM 97.7 (Lancaster)
51 Means Dr., Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 349-2000 (M-F 8am to 5pm)
www.wglr.com
"Guest Spotlight" Talk Program: Does 8 to 10 minute interviews aired after the noon news. Host: Doug Wagen can be contacted at dwagen@queenbradio.com. They also have a community calendar e-mail Patrice Stiner at psteiner@queenbradio.com. Items submitted are reserved for non-profit or civic events. WGLR is a sister station with WPVL AM 1590 and FM 107.1 (Platteville) and currently simulcasts their programming.

WSUP FM 90.5 (UW-Platteville)
University Radio, 42 Pioneer Tower, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 342-1165
www.uwplatt.edu/org/wsup/
Public Affairs Program: Airs from 9 to 10 am. Weekdays. Applications can be filled out online at www.uwplatt.edu/org/wsup/forms/pub_aff_show.html and emails can be sent to publicaffairs@wsup.org. Interview can be via phone. Interviews are often half hour dealing with a wide range of topics: public interest, foreign affairs, community interest, fine arts, community events on and off campus. Will accept press releases and does interviews, live, phone and taped. The station’s General Manager is Dave Meinhardt and can be contacted at meinhard@uwplatt.edu.

KWWL-TV - DUBUQUE - Channel 7
500 East Fourth Street, Waterloo, IA 50703
(319) 291-1200
www.kwwl.com/
News at Noon: They do interviews about 3 minutes with hosts are Jeff Eliasoph or Natasha Chughtai. You can book interviews by calling or emailing: jeliasoph@kwwl.com or nchughtai@kwwl.com or call (319) 291-1200. Submit Events at http://www.kwwl.com/category/132382/community-calendar-submit-event. The station covers Iowa and Grant Counties in Wisconsin.

Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin
2473 Mt Hope Road, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Tel. 608-623-2109
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