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Wednesday - March 7, 2018 8:45 am

Then, there were 3 La Crosse TV stations, 32 years ago

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La Crosse's third commercial TV station, WLAX-TV, signed on the air in late 1986, on Channel 25.  It's now better known as Fox-25, but the Fox network was just getting off the ground at the time, so WLAX had a lot of reruns, including "Star Trek" and "I Love Lucy."  The station debuted 16 years after WXOW signed on, and XOW came along 16 years after La Crosse's first TV station, WKBT.

Wisconsin elected a new governor in 1986, Tommy Thompson.  The Republican from Elroy defeated one-term Democrat Tony Earl.  Thompson became the state's fifth governor in less than 10 years.  Eventually, he was elected to four terms.

And the Monkees performed in La Crosse on their 20th anniversary tour.  Michael Nesmith did not make that stop, but Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork headed the La Crosse Center show.  The made-for-TV band was joined on the tour by other 60's acts, including Herman's Hermits, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.  The La Crosse concert was sandwiched between tour stops in Cedar Rapids and Duluth...32 years ago, 1986, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

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Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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