Michael Feldman

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Michael Feldman
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Born (1949 -03-09) March 9, 1949 (age 66)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Show Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?
Network Public Radio International
Country United States

Michael Feldman (born March 9, 1949)[1] is an American radio personality. He is the host of Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, a radio program distributed by Public Radio International. His former announcer, Jim Packard, referred to him as "The Sage of Wisconsin." He has given himself the title of "Producer Internationale," and also refers to Public Radio International on-air as "The International House of Radio."

Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Feldman graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a degree in English in 1970. He worked as a teacher at Malcolm Shabazz City High School in Madison, Wisconsin, before finding work at radio station WORT. Soon after, he worked as a cab driver before coming back to broadcasting, first at Wisconsin Public Radio, then at WGN (AM).[2] He was fired from WGN in 1984, which sent him back to public radio. He started his show, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, in 1985.

Books and other media[edit]

Feldman is the author of several books: Wisconsin Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff; Something I Said?: Innuendo and Out the Other; and Thanks for the Memos. In addition, he edited Glad You Asked: Intriguing Names, Facts, and Ideas For the Curious-Minded, in partnership with Encyclopædia Britannica.

In the audio world, Feldman has produced two CD compilations of his radio show, Roadkill! The Best of Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know... On the Road and Why Not: Best of Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know, as well as a six-CD collection entitled Whad'ya Know? About the Classics.[3]


Feldman is married, has two daughters, and lives in the Madison area, where the show is usually staged. Nora currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ellie graduated from the UW with a bachelor's degree in Consumer Affairs and is currently practicing real estate in Madison, WI.


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