WSUM 91.7FM Madison

The Snake on the Lake

Student Radio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

WSUM 91.7FM Madison

Jake "The Snake" Foster

Born in Madison Wisconsin in 1991 Jake Foster always loved music growing up from a young age. His parents both adored music, seeing over 200 live shows together over the years and collecting Albums, Cassette Tapes, & CDs through the years. Music was always on in the Foster household. Throughout the years Jake loved listening to "Nights with Alice Cooper", personalities and music on the short lived 93.1 "The Lake", & the many voices on 101.5 WIBA FM in Madison including Van Edwards among others. Throughout High School Jake was involved in the music program at Middleton High School Band playing Tuba. Meanwhile in the basement of his parents house in Cross Plains Jake along with friends Codi & Tim would mess around with recording software and record segments for the radio.

Jake wanted to be on the radio and when he attended the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh he was able to start to follow that dream volunteering at 90.3 WRST FM Oshkosh. First becoming Blues Director and after a semester going on to host his own blues show "Basically Blues". Jake missed Madison and transferred to UW Baraboo/Sauk County in order to eventually transfer to UW Madison. After a year at UW Baraboo and being involved with the Jazz Band/Music History Classes in Baraboo with Professor Claude Calliet directing and teaching, Jake was able to transfer to UW Madison.

Following a semester of classes Jake started the training process at WSUM in the summer of 2012 and by the end of the summer Jake was given a morning drive slot on Wednesday mornings. The show was called Under The Covers and had two hosts Jake and his friend Dustin Weber. The show started as more of a morning show with more talking bits including the weather, jokes, & banter between Jake & Dustin. After about one semester Dustin wasn't able to commit to the show and Codi Phillips filled Dustin's role some weeks as well as Jake going solo. Jake was also coming in to do the 4-6 am slot some weeks to get more time on the air. The show was 7-8 am the first semester traditionally but the spring of 2013 saw the show expanding to 6-8am. As time passed other friends came on to help with the "feel" of the show but eventually Jake was on his own for two hours every Wednesday morning. In discussions with friends, notably "Ike" Eugster he was asked "What makes your show different... What's your shtick?" So Jake started the "This Week In Music" portion of the show and that became what the show centered around. This fit because Jake was pursuing a History degree at UW Madison and much of the show focus became a historical lesson around births, deaths, and anniversaries of events throughout music. Taking Black Music History Classes from Richard Davis at the time was especially impactful and getting to know Richard as a friend to dig deeper and know a real musician influences the way Jake puts shows together and analyzes songs as well.

Thanks to all the program directors, station managers, Dave Black, & Laura Gutknecht at WSUM Jake has been able to continue to host UTC long since graduating in the spring of 2014.

Since the Winter of 2015 Jake started his own company DJ Jake The Snake Foster Productions LLC and has hosted Karaoke in Cross Plains at Main Street Lanes every other Friday night as well as other nights other places in the area, Trivia, & countless weddings throughout Wisconsin.

Since the Summer of 2017 Jake has been teaching a Radio Broadcasting Class at Sauk Prairie's Summer School Program, kids are able to record clips for the radio and get to know more about radio in general.

Since the Fall of 2017 Jake has had the show aired on 92.5 WISY FM & WISY925.NET (Neighborhood Radio for Black Earth, Cross Plains, & Mazomanie) as well the show airs Sundays from 1-3pm.

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