Big River Radio Wave to be Featured on Spectrum West May 26

May 24, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Big River Radio Wave to be Featured on Spectrum West May 26

The return of the Big River Radio Wave to Alma will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Spectrum West will also include previews of a benefit concert in Chippewa Falls, Canoe Heritage Day in Spooner, and a book about a southern Minnesota marsh.

Host Al Ross will welcome Mac Cherry to discuss the popular variety show, the Big River Radio Wave, at the Big River Theatre in Alma on May 29. Cherry, who will host the event, and Ross, who will emcee, will talk about the performers including comedians Tim Harmston and Mary Mack, musical group Mudcat and the Bottomfeeders, storyteller Kenny Salwey, and Alma historian retired judge Gary Schlosstein.  Two shows, scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., will be recorded for playback on Wisconsin Public Radio on July 4th.

Chippewa Falls native Nate Plummer will chat with Ross about his New York City vocal and theatrical career and his upcoming performance at the Heyde Center for the Arts. The June 2 concert is a benefit for Brian Joas, a friend who was injured in a hit-and-run bike mishap earlier this spring.

As proclaimed by the Wisconsin State Legislature, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend is Canoe Heritage Day. Jed Malischke, executive director of the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner, will preview this Saturday’s activities including wood boat displays, music, food, a silent auction and more.

Correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Cheri Register, author of The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape.  It’s the environmental history of thousands of acres of southern Minnesota wetlands that were turned into farmland in the last century.

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.

Church Demographics Rebroadcast on The West Side May 30

May 24, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Church Demographics Rebroadcast on The West Side May 30

Impacts of changing demographics on Western Wisconsin churches will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, May 30 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 February.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes Rev. Amy Odgren, pastor of Spirit Lutheran Church, a new Eau Claire congregation which is a consolidation of long time congregations First Lutheran and Our Savior’s Lutheran.

The program focuses on attendance within the Western Wisconsin churches, specifically within the millennial age range. About four-in-ten millennials claim religion is a crucial part of their lives yet few attend church regularly. Church consolidations are increasing due to reduced attendance and giving.

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. Archives are available at www.wpr.org/programs/west-side-rich-kremer.

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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.

Piano Professor to be Featured on Spectrum West May 19

May 17, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Piano Professor to be Featured on Spectrum West May 19

A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire piano professor and her student will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, May 19 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Spectrum West will also feature an Eau Claire high school’s human migration event, a preview of the summer season at Rice Lake’s Red Barn Theatre, a biennial art exhibition in Eau Claire, and children’s summer programming at the Chippewa Valley Museum.

Host Al Ross will speak with Dr. Namji Kim, professor of piano at UWEC, and Nathan Cicero, a senior graduating with a degree in Collaborative Piano who plans to attend graduate school at the prestigious Peabody Institute in Baltimore. They will discuss the transitions experienced by university music students and the mentoring by music faculty.

Ross will also chat with Amber Dernbach, Language Arts teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire about a special evening at the school on May 25 called “Migrations: Home was/Home is.” The event will give a local voice to the worldwide refugee crises by inviting visitors to embark on their own migration guided by the visual arts, music, theater, dance, poetry, world languages, and world studies. This multi-disciplinary project is a first for Memorial and is open to the public.

Correspondent Jim Oliver will speak with Gail Gifford who will provide all of the particulars of the summer season planned at the Red Barn Theatre in Rice Lake. The season opens June 1 with the musical The Spitfire Grill.

Rose Dolan-Neill, visual arts director at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, will stop by to discuss the “Confluence of Art Biennial Exhibition” coming to the Janet Carson Gallery in August. Now in its fifth year, the juried exhibit was created to bring a wider range of contemporary artists and art to the Chippewa Valley. A call for entries is currently in effect.

The Chippewa Valley Museum has a big summer planned for children from ages 3 to 12, and Karen Jacobson, an educator at the museum, will provide all of the details. Each 90-minute class features hands-on experiences as students explore museum exhibits and learn about local culture and heritage. The morning programs begin in June and run until early August.

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.

The State of Western Wisconsin Agriculture on The West Side May 23

May 17, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

The State of Western Wisconsin Agriculture on The West Side May 23

The effects of late frost and dropping milk prices on the farm economy will discussed as part of a focus on the state of agriculture in western Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Mark Hagedorn, UW-Extension agriculture educator for Eau Claire County; Darin Von Ruden of Westby, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union; and Jim Holte of Elk Mound, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

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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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.

 

Wisconsin Public Radio Announces Local Guests Featured on National Radio Show

May 16, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

 

Wisconsin Public Radio Announces Local Guests Featured on National Radio Show

 

Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? comedy-quiz radio show, broadcasting live nationwide from the State Theatre in Eau Claire this Saturday, will feature several Chippewa Valley residents.

Joining Feldman on stage will be Bob Adrian from Rump’s Butcher Shoppe in Altoona and the new Hangar 54 Grill in Eau Claire; Eric Anderson, president of the U.S. National Kubb Championship played each year in Eau Claire; and Bill Nolte from the Water Street watering hole, The Joynt.

 

Also on the program will be solo musician J.E. Sunde, formerly a member of the local group The Daredevil Christopher Wright.

 

Along with the special guests, the show will feature the Whad’Ya Know? band, All the News That Isn’t, and the Town of the Week. Audience members will have a chance to chat with Feldman and participate in two rounds of the quiz.

 

This will be the final road show of the long-running program which ends production in June. The broadcast will air from 10:00 to noon on WPR Ideas Network heard locally at 88.3 WHWC-FM Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and at WPR.org.

 

 

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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.

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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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.

 

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

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

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

(715)-839-3869

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

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

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