Thursday, March 28, 2013

This Week on The Disclaimer: Summerfest's CEO Makes More Than You Do

By Evan Rytlewski
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On this week's episode of The Disclaimer, a near-weekly half-hour of truth-telling and debate between WMSE station promotions director Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I, we discuss a loaded Daniel Bice column from last week that revealed Summerfest's CEO Don Smiley makes more money than you'd expect (and apparently a lot more money than even some Summerfest board members suspected). Should we be outraged that the leader of a non-profit organization is pulling in such big bucks? Ryan certainly is, especially since so many local bands play the festival without getting paid anything, but Matt and I aren't quite so sure. We consider Smiley's accomplishments and what they mean for the future of Milwaukee's flagship festival.

You can stream the episode below, and weigh in on the conversation at The Disclaimer's Facebook page, or shoot us an email at And for those who want to podcast us, the show is available on iTunes now.

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