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Syndicated radio program has ties to the Northwoods

April 17, 2020

It’s a brief “thought of the day” message heard on radio stations (and through the internet) across the United States and beyond every day of the year. The speaker on the devotional “By the Way” program is Dr. Paul Devantier, a current resident of Arbor Vitae. He has been speaker on the program for decades, and his fifth “By the Way” book has just been released. The book features more and 200 of his on-air messages.

For more than four years now the program has been recorded in the studios of local station, WMQA. For most of his years as a speaker, the program was recorded in St. Louis, where Devantier spent most of his professional career. Final production and distribution are still handled thorough facilities in St. Louis.

Following his retirement in 2014 from his full time positions, he and his wife, Ellen, moved to Arbor Vitae, where they vacationed most of their adult life.

Another tie to the area is the photo on the cover of the latest book taken on Wild Rice Lake by area photographer Bob Kovar of Manitowish Waters. Four of the five books to date have featured cover photos taken in and around Arbor Vitae.

Devantier has held a variety of executive positions in St. Louis in radio, television and church communications during his career. He began in radio in Wausau, shortly after graduating high school. He also served for a number of years as national director of an adoption awareness program in Washington, DC. This effort was initiated and funded through the Congress of the United States. During their marriage, the Devantiers have welcomed more than 80 foster children into their home.

“By the Way” can be heard every day between 5:50 and 6 a.m. on WMQA (95.9FM) and 24 hours a day on the internet at bythewaytoday.org. The segment on WMQA is sponsored by Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Minocqua.

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