Public School Referendums to be Featured on The West Side March 28

 

March 22, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Public School Referendums to be Featured on The West Side March 28

Western Wisconsin school referendums will be featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, March 28 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Jeff Mastin, superintendent of the Lake Holcombe School District. They will discuss the ramifications of the April 5 referendum for Lake Holcombe which would include the dissolution of the district. Mastin will explain his district’s financial constraints and their similarity with other districts who are requesting to exceed revenue caps this school year.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. Archives are available at www.wpr.org/programs/west-side-rich-kremer.

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Midwest Folksinger Featured on Spectrum West March 24

March 22, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

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Midwest Folksinger Featured on Spectrum West March 24

A special appearance of legendary singer Charlie Maguire in Hudson will be highlighted on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include the first segment in a series about Wisconsin’s affection for the polka, a discussion with the visual arts director at the Phipps Center in Hudson, and the history and future of an Eau Claire winery and distillery.

Host Al Ross will welcome Charlie Maguire, a Midwest folksinger known internationally for his stories and songs about the people and places of America’s heartland. Maguire appears April 1 at the Phipps Center for the Arts as a kick-off for ArtReach St. Croix’s “The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley,” a month of events centered around the classic Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver opens a series about Wisconsin’s love affair with the polka, exploring the dance, the bands and the venues that helped to make this iconic musical form a favorite. This week, Oliver speaks with Rick March, author of Polka Heartland – Why the Midwest Loves to Polka, about polka’s history and its connection with Middle America.

Ross will chat with Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. They will discuss the Center’s current and upcoming programs, including summer arts camps and a poetry contest that celebrates neo-tropical migratory birds.

Also on the program will be Matthew Rick, owner, wine-maker, and distiller of Infinity Beverages and Katherine Rapacz, Infinity’s brand ambassador. They will discuss the Eau Claire winery and distillery which is known for its wines, vodka, unique blends of whiskey, fruit brandies and beer.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com and a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives are available at http://www.wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Winter Camping to be Featured on The West Side January 25

January 19, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

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dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Winter Camping to be Featured on The West Side January 25

Camping, ice fishing, skiing, and other winter activities will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, January 25 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes the Outdoor Guys, Dave Carlson, outdoor writer and former host of Northland Adventures, and Joe Knight, outdoor reporter for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram. Also on the show will be Jim Bishop, outdoor recreation expert from Spooner.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

Local Authors to be Featured on Spectrum West January 21

January 19, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Local Authors to be Featured on Spectrum West January 21

Jim Oliver, special correspondent for Spectrum West, will share some of his favorite author interviews on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, January 21 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show includes local authors Joe Niese, Jon Loomis, Julie Bowe, Margaret Fortune, and Caroline Akervik.

Joe Niese, Chippewa Falls librarian and a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, will talk about Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer.

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire English professor, Jon Loomis will talk about the latest installment of his Frank Coffin mysteries, “Fire Season.”

Julie Bowe from Mondovi will chat with Oliver about her “Friends for Keeps” series, focusing My Extra Best Friend, the most recent Ida May adventure.

Eau Claire author Margaret Fortune will discuss Nova, the first novel in her five book sci-fi series written for young adults and teens.

Also on the program is Caroline Akervik, Eau Claire elementary school librarian and author of a historical fiction novel for young adults, White Pine-My Year as a Lumberjack and a River Rat.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Area Ski Jumping to be Featured on Spectrum West January 14

January 12, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

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Area Ski Jumping to be Featured on Spectrum West January 14

Dan Mattoon, director of Eau Claire’s annual Silver Mine Ski Tournament, will be highlighted on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, January 14 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include Jordan Duroe, an organizer of comedy shows in Eau Claire; Paul Ashwood, director of “Radio Daze II” coming to Hudson; and Steve Linder of Vocal Trash, an ensemble performing in Chippewa Falls.

Host Al Ross will talk with Dan Mattoon, long-standing member of the Eau Claire Ski Club and Flying Eagles Ski Club and inductee into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. Mattoon will discuss the past, present, and future of ski jumping in the Chippewa Valley.

Ross will also welcome Jordan Duroe of Clear Water Comedy, a collective of area standup comedians and promoters who present weekly shows at The Plus in Eau Claire.

Correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Paul Ashwood, creator and director of “Radio Daze II” coming to the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson January 15-31. The reader’s theater production recreates the Golden Age of radio, including comedy and mystery programs and live commercials and sound effects.

Also on the program will be Steve Linder, founder and member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble Vocal Trash performing at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on January 22. Vocal Trash performances feature song, dance, and percussion using recycled items from garbage cans and dumpsters, combining entertainment with environmental stewardship.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Drones in Western Wisconsin Rebroadcast on The West Side January 18

January 12, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Drones in Western Wisconsin Rebroadcast on The West Side January 18

A first-of-its-kind drone course at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, January 18 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls in a rebroadcast of a program which originally aired in April.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes Joseph Hupy, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography; Craig Polling, chief technology officer of Sentek Systems located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and Gene Robinson, owner of RP Flight systems, Inc. and RP Search Services.

The segment focuses on new course offerings such as an Unmanned Aerial Systems technology course at UW-Eau Claire. Kremer and guests also discuss a large grant that the university received for the Geospatial Education Initiative. The initiative helps the university work with businesses that could use the information collected by drones to develop curriculum and create internship opportunities for students.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in during live shows with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

Agatha Christie Mystery to be Featured on Spectrum West January 7

January 5, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Agatha Christie Mystery to be Featured on Spectrum West January 7

Russell Slack, director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s current production, will be highlighted on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, January 7 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show, hosted by Al Ross, will also include Kim Gillett, Council Director of Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley, Mark Nizer, juggling artist performing in Ladysmith, and Gail Gifford, spokesperson for Red Barn Theatre in Rice Lake.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will talk with director Russell Slack about “And Then There Were None,” the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s first production of 2016. In this Agatha Christie classic, ten strangers are lured to a remote island where, one by one, they die. The mystery will be staged at the Grand Theatre in Eau Claire January 7 – 17.

Host Al Ross welcomes Kim Gillett, Council Director for Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley. Gillett will discuss the international youth development program that offers physical activities for girls in third through fifth grades.

Also on the program will be Mark Nizer, one of the world’s foremost juggling artists. Nizer, who adds comedy, music, and technology to his presentations, will be performing January 8 at the Ladysmith High School as a guest of the Flambeau Valley Arts Association.

Ross will converse with Gail Gifford, spokesperson for the Red Barn Theatre in Rice Lake about the upcoming annual Barney Awards. Gifford will also preview the Barn’s 2016 season.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org

Western Wisconsin Dams to be Featured on The West Side January 11

January 5, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Western Wisconsin Dams to be Featured on The West Side January 11

Dams in western Wisconsin will be discussed on The West Side on Monday, January 11 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Michael Page, Friends of the Kinni spokesperson, and Josh Pedersen, Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Director. Topics examined will include repairs and removals, licensures, and safety.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

Legislative Roundup to be Featured on The West Side January 4

December 29, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Legislative Roundup to be Featured on The West Side January 4

Western Wisconsin lawmakers will discuss end of the year legislation on The West Side on Monday, January 4 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and a Republican legislator who will discuss recently introduced legislation.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Mondays at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org.

 

 

Retiring Library Director to be featured on Spectrum West December 31

December 29, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Retiring Library Director to be featured on Spectrum West December 31

John Stoneberg, retiring L.E. Phillips Memorial Library Director, will be highlighted on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, December 31 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include Robert Heintz, Sr. discussing a performance at Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, Katie Connolly previewing the Christmas Bird Count in Sarona, and Spectrum West’s Jim Oliver taking a turn on the other side of the microphone.

Host Al Ross will talk with outgoing L.E. Phillips Memorial Library Director, John Stoneberg, about his 38 years at the Eau Claire library. They’ll discuss Stoneberg’s various jobs and explore the changes in libraries and librarians throughout the years.

Also on the program will be Robert Heintz, Sr., founder and director of The Troppo Big Band. Heintz and Ross will chat about the jazz orchestra’s history and its return to the Heyde Center for the Arts for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Katie Connolly, program director of the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona, will join Ross to describe the 115th Christmas Bird Count. Hunt Hill will be participating on the final day of the CBC on January 5.

Ross will also converse with Jim Oliver. Known for covering the literary and theatrical beat for Spectrum West, Oliver will describe his experiences as a newspaperman, actor, and much more.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie.

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About Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR is a service of the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Educational Communications Board and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  For more than 95 years, WPR has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, classical music, and talk radio programming.  Listen, learn more and donate online at www.wpr.org