Professor and director of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus radio station WSUW does much more than that.
Brian “Looper” Lucas has his hands full during the school year. He is a husband and parent and is also active in a few blues bands including the Hootchy – Kootchy Band and the Organ Grinders.
Music has had the biggest impact on his life.
A lot of big local acts have had him sit in and play harmonica or sing along with them. He has ventured all over the Midwest but his favorite place to play is Clarksdale, Miss. for their annual Juke Joint Festival.
Producing music, mixing and doing live sound for bands is a big hobby of his. The biggest group he helped produce was Decibully from Milwaukee, Wis. The band used one of those tracks on an album and gave him the credit for that.
He is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and resident of Elkhorn. When asked why he chose to stay at the same school he attended his reasons were the location, students, workers in the Communications Department, and of course the radio station.
Lucas has been the director of WSUW for a few years now and is also adviser to the Aikido Club which is a martial arts organization at Whitewater. He studied the art as a kid and misses doing it as well.
Lucas was deemed the nickname “Looper” when he was in 6th grade and doesn’t exactly know why kids started calling him that but he never liked it. When he told his mom about it she told him, “don’t look at is a bad thing, it could be a good thing,” and it forever stuck.
One would wonder how he manages to be involved in all of this and have a family. He said the main leisure activity he stays away from his watching TV. “You’d be surprised how much more time you have,” he stated as a follow up.
He would love to be able to spend more time with his family. No activity his better than the next according to him. When he has time, some fun things he likes to do include traveling, bike riding and taking pictures.
Lucas is involved with International Intercultural studies at the university and is taking students to Ireland to study abroad at the end of the semester.