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Restoration of the world’s largest grandfather clock in Kewaunee. 

Photos: Joe Hardtke and Jason Jelinek

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Saving Kewaunee’s Clock

If you leave Kewaunee in a hurry, it’s easy to miss the world’s largest grandfather clock sitting on a hill north of town.  The company that built the clock moved three years ago, leaving it behind.  Producer Joe Hardtke takes us to meet the man who’s trying to save time. 

Special thanks to WFRV-TV in Green Bay for the archival clock story from 1984. 

Learn more about Jason’s efforts to save the clock.

 

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Kewaunee’s Polka Past:

The FM boom of the 1970s brought dozens of small, localized broadcasters to state airwaves: Mom-and-pop radio shops with some unique formats. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joe Hardtke recalls the rise and fall of one of these stations in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Joe Hardtke is a technical director for Wisconsin Public Radio and a musician. He worked at WAUN as a teenager during its final five years as a polka broadcaster.

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