Relive Sputnik on ‘Radio Superior’

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man-made “moon” in orbit, on Oct. 4, 1957, as part of the space race with the United States. Here’s a chance to relive or hear about it for the first time with a re-creation of the time’s events by “Radio Superior.”

The locally produced Wisconsin Public Radio show with Tim Michaels and Dennis Anderson will use stories from the Oct. 5, 1957, edition of the Superior Evening Telegram, mixed with a couple more throwbacks such as sports news and advertisements from Cal Sabatini and rock ’n’ roll music from that time.

The “Radio Superior” show about the 185-pound, 23-inch satellite that orbited the planet can be heard on KUWS-FM 91.3 (Superior) and WUWS-FM 90.9 (Ashland) from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

The Sputnik news will be followed by a re-creation with Jack McKenna and Lew Martin of May 9, 1943, when the Dionne Quintuplets were in Superior launching five “victory ships” at Butler Shipyards.