Zorba Paster to be Keynote Speaker at WPR’s Listener Dinner

April 22, 2015

Contact: Dean Kallenbach                                                                  For Immediate Release

Wisconsin Public Radio

(715) 839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

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Zorba Paster to be Keynote Speaker at WPR’s Listener Dinner

Zorba Paster, co-host of Zorba Paster On Your Health on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Listener Dinner, May 12 at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. WPR Director Mike Crane, Spectrum West host Al Ross and The West Side host Rich Kremer will also be on hand.

Pastor will preview his upcoming book, Five Steps to Perfect Health, and answer attendees’ questions. Paster is also the author of The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life, which features a foreword from the Dalai Lama. Paster is a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works as a physician at the Dean Clinic in Oregon, Wisconsin.

The Listener Event, sponsored in part by Holiday Travel, begins at 5:00 and besides dinner and program, includes a pianist and a silent auction.

More information and reservations are available at wpr.org/eauclaire or call 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.

State Budget Update to be Featured on The West Side April 27

April 21, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

State Budget Update to be Featured on The West Side April 27

The evolving state budget process will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, April 27 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome area legislators Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Joint Finance Committee member, Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls).  The show will discuss the Joint Finance Committee’s possible changes to Governor Walker’s budget proposal. The committee would like to decrease cuts to the Department of Natural Resources Board, the Agriculture Board, and the University of Wisconsin System.

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.

Community Reading and Art Program Featured on Spectrum West April 23

April 21, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Community Reading and Art Program Featured on Spectrum West April 23

St. Croix’s ArtReach program will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight an upcoming recital at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire that relates music and art, will look at SpringFest in Chippewa Falls, and will preview the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s latest production.

 

Host Al Ross will talk with Heather Rutledge, executive director of ArtReach St. Croix, about The Big Read event. The month long event is a one book, one community program that brings together residents from the St. Croix Valley around a common book. The novel this year is Love Medicine written by Minnesota native, Louise Erdrich. ArtReach also features work from local, regional and national artists in rotating exhibits.

 

Namji Kim, associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard division at UW-Eau Claire, along with piano performance student Miles Plant will join the show to discuss an upcoming recital entitled The Visual Arts and Piano Music. The performance delves into the interrelationship between music and the arts by having music students perform and then present paintings that match their music.

Ross will also talk with Patricia Mayhew Hamm a local artist, about SpringFest and The Fine Art Faire that will be at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls this Friday April 24 through Sunday April 26. The festival also includes The Valley Art Association presentation of works from over 50 local and regional artists.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver shares his conversation with Keith Lorasch, director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild production of Jesus Christ Superstar, running April 23 through April 26 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire.

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

Voice of Vocal Quartet Featured on Spectrum West April 16

April 14, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Voice of Vocal Quartet Featured on Spectrum West April 16

A member of a vocal quartet performing at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include a conversation with an Eau Claire poet, a preview of a comedy at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, and a discussion about the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s latest theatrical production.

 

Host Al Ross will talk with Darmon Meader, founder and member of the vocal quartet New York Voices, about the group’s upcoming performance at the State Theatre, which is part of this year’s Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Meader will also talk more about the quartet’s history, philosophy, and repertoire. New York Voices performances incorporate Brazilian influences, and swinging trio numbers into their elegant music. The group sings Friday, April 17 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire.

 

Bruce Taylor, a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus and recent Eau Claire poet laureate will join the show to discuss and share some of his poetry. Taylor is the author of eight collections of poetry and has lectured all over the world.

 

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Kasey Jean Tunell, directing The Odd Couple (Female Version) playing through April 26th at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Oliver also welcomes Arthur Grothe, director of UW-Eau Claire’s modern translation of Chekov’s The Three Sisters running April 16th through April 26th at the Kjer Theatre.

 

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

Geospatial Education to be Featured on The West Side April 20

April 14, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Geospatial Education to be Featured on The West Side April 20

A first-of-its-kind drone course at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, April 20 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome 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 will focus on new course offerings such as an Unmanned Aerial Systems technology course at UW-Eau Claire. Kremer and guests will 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 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.

Confluence Call-in on Spectrum West April 9

April 7, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Confluence Call-in on Spectrum West April 9

A special call-in edition of Spectrum West will provide an update on the Eau Claire Confluence Project on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

WPR Regional Manager, Dean Kallenbach, subbing for regular host Al Ross, will welcome guests Andrew Dowd, reporter for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; Ben Richgruber, executive director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center; Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations at UW-Eau Claire; and Rick Esenberg, president of Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty. Kallenbach and guests will take calls during the hour.

The Confluence Project is a public-private-university partnership that will include a performing art center, retail space and university housing in Eau Claire’s downtown.  All aspects of The Confluence Project will be discussed including funding and law suits against the city about the expansion of downtown tax incremental financing districts.

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

Analysis of Sand Mining Industry to be Featured on The West Side April 13

April 7, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Analysis of Sand Mining Industry to be Featured on The West Side April 13

The Department of Natural Resources strategic analysis of the industrial sand mining industry will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by Sarah Williams, an attorney at Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Ken Schmitt, a local New Auburn farmer and activist.

Kremer and guests will discuss the DNR’s comprehensive study that looks at the possible impacts of the sand mining industry, and identifies potential alternatives to current regulations. The strategic analysis also includes a public comment period and an online input form that will provide the DNR with feedback on what topics the public believes should be included in the analysis

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.

The Outdoor Guys to be Featured on The West Side April 6

April 2, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

The Outdoor Guys to be Featured on The West Side April 6

New fishing regulations and the upcoming Conservation Congress spring hearings will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, January 5 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by “The Outdoor Guys” Joe Knight, outdoor editor for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and Dave Carlson, the former host of “Northland Adventures.” The discussion will also include Joseph Gerbyshak a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist.

They will discuss new trout and pan fishing regulations and the Conservation Congress spring hearings. The group will also talk about the County Deer Advisory Council’s latest recommendations to the antlerless deer quota.

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.

Eau Claire Jazz Festival Featured on Spectrum West April 2

March 31, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Eau Claire Jazz Festival Featured on Spectrum West April 2

The upcoming Eau Claire Jazz Festival will be discussed on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight the Wisconsin Regional Art Program and their current exhibit in River Falls, will look at the River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Festival, and will preview a Wisconsin author’s latest novel.

 

Host Al Ross will talk with Mark Blaskey, Eau Claire Jazz board president, about the festival taking place on April 17th and 18th. On Friday, April 17th the festival will be featuring acclaimed jazz vocal quartet New York performing at the State Theatre and the popular re-creation of 52nd Street in downtown Eau Claire. The Saturday, April 18th headline concert at Memorial High School will feature guest artists Nachito Herrera and Terell Stafford.

 

Helen Klebesadel, director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, will be discussing their current exhibit at the River Falls Library. Exhibits are held throughout the year in over twenty locations all around the state, and feature rural Wisconsin artists.

 

Ross will also talk about the River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Festival opening Thursday, April 9th and running through Sunday, April 12th, with Chris Silver, a musician and a member of the planning committee. The festival will include the flatpicking guitar championship, a singer-songwriter competition, and a beer and wine tasting event.

 

Special correspondent Jim Oliver shares his conversation with Vivian Probst, Waukesha resident and author of Death by Roses. This is Probst first novel, and is about bending the rules and fighting for a second chance. And tells the story of what happens to relationships after most think it is too late.

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

Budget Impact on Technical Colleges to be Featured on The West Side March 30

March 24, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Budget Impact on Technical Colleges to be Featured on The West Side March 30

The potential impact of Governor Walker’s proposed budget on regional technical colleges will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Bruce Barker, president of Chippewa Valley Technical College, and John Will, president of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Kremer and guests will discuss how western Wisconsin technical colleges would be affected by the proposed budget including a tuition and fee freeze for high-demand programs, the continuation of property tax levy limits, and the increased funding of Fast Forward Grants.

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.