Converge Radio Team
Scott Montesano – Station Manager
Scott took over the station manager position in spring 2020, bringing nearly 20 years worth of experience in broadcasting, marketing and promotions. He has served as a sports broadcaster and marketer around the country with previous stops including Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, Iowa and Michigan. Since 2017 he has been the radio voice of UW-Eau Claire Blugolds athletics and starting in 2018 he also became the broadcaster for the Chippewa Steel of the North American Hockey League.
With Converge Radio, Scott oversees the operation of the station and hosts a daily topical affairs program. In addition to his work with Converge Radio, Scott hosts a popular local podcast focusing on local news and events.
A native of Utica, NY, Scott and his wife Angela reside on the south side of Eau Claire with their elementary-age children Alexia and Derek. In his free time he is a passionate sports fan (especially the NY Yankees and NY Jets) and loves to cook, especially Italian cuisine.
Ashley Wiswell – Program Director
Ashley is the Program Director at Converge Radio and has been a member of the team as a host and producer since the end of 2018. In December of 2019, Ashley graduated from UWEC with a degree in Organizational Communication and German, with a minor in European Studies. In her free time, she is searching for new music to jam too, seeking out live music shows to attend, or daydreaming about the next trip she has planned. Ashley spent a year in Marburg, Germany, where she had the opportunity to study German language and literature. On a typical day (when she isn’t at Converge) you can find Ashley drinking coffee at Shift: Cyclery and Coffee Bar or snuggling with her tabby cat, Vincent. Catch her on the air 8am-10am on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings!
Konnor Denzine is an active member of the Chippewa Valley music scene. Catch him out and about attending shows, playing music, or even on the radio (shocker)! Weather permitting, Konnor enjoys long walks on the beach and moshing.
Check him out on Wednesday from 11am-1pm!
Sarah Jo Ferraro
Sarah Jo has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and certificates in women gender & sexuality studies and arts administration. They love going to live shows and working with musicians behind the scenes doing photography, videography & design work. Sarah Jo dreams of working in the music industry whether that means continuing in radio, writing music reviews, shooting music videos, doing live photography, lighting & stage design, etc. Their favorite genres of music are experimental, jazz, indie, punk, rock n roll, & electronica.
Tune in on Wednesday from 3-5pm to catch Sarah Jo on the air!
John is currently a sophomore at UWEC majoring in integrated strategic communication, with a public relations emphasis. He began working for Converge Radio in September 2019 and along with hosting, works on Converge Radio’s social media and website marketing team. When he isn’t at work or school, John is an avid traveler (as seen above in Joshua Tree, CA) and is enjoying the sights and sounds of the Chippewa Valley.
Catch John on the air Tuesdays from 3pm-5pm and Thursdays from 10am-1pm.
Brad is a very outdoorsy person who likes his music like he likes spending time, rustic. That is why he enjoys listening to Americana and bluegrass music. Brad always try to avoid listening to the mainstream Nashville sound because he thinks that the musicians who play by their own rules are the most talented. Some of his favorite musicians include Josh Ritter, Jason Isbell, Jason Eady, Zach Bryan, and Them Coulee Boys. With everything you know about him now, doesn’t it just make sense that Brad would host and produce a show based on it? Brad is the host of Boots and Blue Jeans that plays Americana, bluegrass, and classic country music every Saturday at 9:00 AM CST. Feel free to email him at BootsAndBluejeans1@gmail.com!
Brad is live on the airwaves Tuesdays 8-10am and Wednesday 8-11!
Alexx is a music performance major at UWEC also studying communications. She plays in many different ensembles from symphonies to jazz and rock. Alexx is open to most music but her favorite to listen to is hard rock or Indie and local bands. Alexx loves going to shows and learning new songs and instruments. She is also the producer of the radio dramas Oddly Enough.
Catch Alexx on the air Mondays from 10-1 and again on Fridays at 10-1! She also produces the Tuesday night Jazz, Blues and Beyond program.
For as long as he can remember, Paul has had an intimate fascination with music of all kinds. He maintains a concrete belief that music draws out in people what they can’t possibly communicate verbally or in the written form.
Paul grew up on Kinnickinnic Avenue in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, right off of Lake Michigan. His love for local music started there thanks to an annual street festival called Bay View Bash (ask me about Group of the Altos) as well as 88.9 Radio Milwaukee being a consistent presence in his teenage years. Additionally, Paul was always a stone’s throw away from independent record stores, a guitar shop, a bike shop (where he got my first job) and amazing coffee.
After graduating high school in 2015, Paul moved out immediately and took some time to figure himself out. After a bike trip from Milwaukee to Eau Claire one summer, he decided this was a good place, and has been here since January of 2018. Paul’s course of study is English- Rhetoric of Science, Tech & Culture and he has plans to make a career in technical writing.
“The neighborhood feel I grew up with is very alive here in Eau Claire- I am not far from places I love. Additionally, Eau Claire’s historical connection to music resonates with me.” When Paul is not helping produce great radio, you are likely to run into him at Shift, the Joynt, or Revival Records… and he’ll probably be riding a different bicycle every time you see him.
“I joined Converge Radio in early 2019 and have enjoyed every bit of it, from hosting a few hours a week to putting new episodes of Midwest Hip-Hop out each Wednesday with my good friend, producer and co-host Cole Edgell. I’ve idolized radio and music producers my whole life so to be able to have a small part in it is nothing less than a privilege.”
Favorite movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Favorite food: $1 Kwik Trip Cheeseburgers
Prized possession: My dad’s Washburn acoustic guitar (it has a connection to Bob Dylan)
Favorite song: Right now, it’s Althea by the Grateful Dead
Fun fact: I have a tailor-made Union soldier uniform for Civil War re-enactments
Catch Paul on air Tuesdays from 10am-1pm and on Midwest Hip-Hop Wednesdays at 8pm.