Proposed State Budget Effects on K-12 Schools to be Featured on The West Side July 6

June 30, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Proposed State Budget Effects on K-12 Schools to be Featured on The West Side July 6

The effects of Wisconsin’s state budget on public education in west central Wisconsin will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Michelle Schwab, Spooner school district superintendent and Mary Ann Hardebeck, Eau Claire area school district superintendent. Though the Joint Finance Committee restored the $127 million cut to K-12 education proposed by Governor Walker, school districts are facing increases in expenses, straining local budgets and causing difficult decisions. Cuts in Spooner have led to protests and resignations of staff.

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.

New Family Winery in River Falls Featured on Spectrum West July 2

June 30, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

New Family Winery in River Falls Featured on Spectrum West July 2

The premiere of a new River Falls winery will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, July 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 Red Cedar Symphony’s upcoming concert in Rice Lake, introduce the newest production at Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, and preview Literacy and music event coming to Menomonie.

Host Al Ross will talk with Angel Zimmerman, who will discuss the recent opening of her family’s winery Belle Vinez-The Zimmerman Family Winery located near River Falls. Zimmerman will share the process of opening a winery and tricks of the trade.

Ross also will visit with Robin Fossum, violinist for the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra of Rice Lake. Fossum will preview the third annual “Play Until They Pay” fundraising event Friday, July 3. Music will take place all day at Marketplace Foods in Rice Lake and funds received from event will go towards the orchestra’s annual budget.

Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Wayne Marek, director of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre production of “The 39 Steps.” The production is an Alfred Hitchcock thriller set in the 1930’s, and will take place at the Oxford Theatre in Eau Claire July 9-11.

A celebration of the 30th anniversary of Wisconsin Literacy will occur July 12 from 1-5 pm at the Cottage Winery and Vineyard in Menomonie. Northwest Regional Literacy Consultant Margaret Cook will discuss the Wisconsin Literacy Music Sampler which will also feature live music. Cook will also elaborate on the importance of this organization to Wisconsin residents.

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

State Budget to be Featured on The West Side June 29

June 23, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

State Budget to be Featured on The West Side June 29

An impasse in the state budget will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, June 29 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 Representatives Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) and Chris Dano (D-Trempealeau). The discussion will explore the reasons for Wisconsin’s state budget deadlock, including the dispute between Republicans in the State Senate and Assembly over transportation as well as funding for the Milwaukee Bucks Arena.
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.

River Historian Featured on Spectrum West June 25

June 23, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

River Historian Featured on Spectrum West June 25

River historian, Jean Schaeppi-Anderson of St. Croix, will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also highlight a new bi-monthly Chippewa Valley publication, an Eau Claire Science Fiction author Margaret Fortune, and a Dunn County non-profit organization celebrating its 14th annual garden tour.

Jean Schaeppi-Anderson, district interpretive ranger for the National Park Service, will discuss her role managing a Stillwater museum featuring objects related to St. Croix’s history and wildlife. The museum is hosting an exhibit, “Ruins of a Forgotten Highway,” on Thursday evening.

The Chippewa Valley arts and culture publication Volume One will have a new sister publication Chippewa Valley Family which already has an online presence. Host Al Ross will talk with Publisher Nick Meyer, who will provide further details concerning this free bi-monthly magazine, set to hit newsstands this July.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver welcomes Eau Claire author Margaret Fortune. Fortune will discuss her new book Nova, her first published novel in a five book series sci-fi novel written for young adults and teens.

Dunn County’s non-profit organization, Stepping Stones, is having its 14th garden tour, this Saturday, June 27th. The revenue from this tour of seven outstanding gardens will go towards supporting programs to provide community aid. Community Connections Coordinator Jane Redig will provide a closer look regarding this event.

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

Eggplant Heroes Featured on Spectrum West June 18

June 16, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Eggplant Heroes Featured on Spectrum West June 18

The Eau Claire based band Eggplant Heroes will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also preview the Northwest Wisconsin Rural Arts Conference in Amery, the latest production of Northern Star Theatre in Rice Lake, and the upcoming productions at Phipps Theatre in Hudson.

Host Al Ross will talk with band mates Max Garland, Lucas Fisher, and Duffy Dufyhuizen of Eggplant Heroes. They will discuss the unique, eclectic and diverse sound that defines their group. A musical sampling from their newest album “Better Weather” will also be included.

Lamoine MacLaughlin, co-founder and director of the Northern Lakes Center and School for the Arts in Amery, will join the show to discuss the 24th “Rural Arts Conference.” This collaboration of local art agencies meet annually to discuss the importance of art and to share successes.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Pattye Miller, who is directing the production Nunsense Amen! which will run June 23-28 at the Northern Star Theatre in Rice Lake.

Executive Director for the Phipps Theatre for Arts in Hudson, John Potter, will provide an inside look at the productions, performances, and exhibitions in the upcoming 2015-2016 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

State Budget Cuts for Recycling to be Featured on The West Side June 22

June 15, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

State Budget Cuts for Recycling to be Featured on The West Side June 22

Cuts proposed in the state budget for local recycling programs will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Rich Kremer will welcome Amanda Haffele, Dunn County’s recycling specialist, and Meleesa Johnson, president of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin.
Kremer and his guests will discuss the details of the recycling budget cuts and what this means for western Wisconsin residents. The plan, a part of Governor Scott Walker’s state budget proposal, will cut state recycling aid to local municipalities from $20 million to $16 million beginning in July.
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.

Western Wisconsin Tourism Featured on The West Side June 15

June 9, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Western Wisconsin Tourism Featured on The West Side June 15

Western Wisconsin tourism created $1 billion in revenue last year. The factors fueling local tourism growth will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Linda John, executive director for Visit Eau Claire; James Bolin, executive director of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce; and Andrew Nussbaum, regional tourism specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

The program will focus on the possible reasons for the escalation of tourism in western Wisconsin, including the role of music festivals and sporting events. Kremer and guests will also discuss a proposal in the state budget to change the law on room tax and how the change might affect local municipalities.

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.

 

Summer Sounds Concert Series Featured on Spectrum West June 10

June 8, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Summer Sounds Concert Series Featured on Spectrum West June 10

Wisconsin Bike Week will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, June 11 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also discuss the Pioneer Village Museum in Cameron, and will preview a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in Prescott, the University of Eau Claire Summer Sounds Concert Series and the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire.

Carolyn Dvorak joins host Al Ross to talk about the state’s annual Wisconsin Bike Week, sponsored by the Wisconsin Bike Federation through June 13. This week of events, including several in western Wisconsin, will focus on the many benefits of biking as a form of transportation, in addition to informing communities on becoming more bike-friendly.

There will also be a dialogue with Carrol Kettner, who handles the publicity for one of Western Wisconsin’s best kept secrets, the Pioneer Village Museum, west of Cameron in Barron County. The conversation explores the museum’s history as well as the Heritage Days celebration coming up in July.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver shares his conversation with Judy Johnson, director of the Great River Road Theatre production of Pirates of Penzance, running June 18 through June 27 in Prescott.

Dr. Christa Garvey, associate professor of oboe at UW-Eau Claire, will join the show to discuss the eleventh upcoming Summer Sounds Concert Series. The free art and music recital chamber music performances are located in the Haas Fine Arts Building on the UW-Eau Claire campus on at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons from June 28 through August 2.

A preview of the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire will also be featured on Spectrum West. The event will run this Thursday through Saturday.

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

Confluence Project Funding Update

June 2, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Confluence Project Funding Update to be Featured on The West Side June 8

A proposed $15 million dollar state grant for the Confluence Project in Downtown Eau Claire will be discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, June 8th at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Wallace Rogers and Ben Richgruber to talk about a $15 million dollar grant in the state budget for the Confluence Project. Executive Director for the UW-Eau Claire foundation Kimera Way will expound on the university’s role throughout the process. Private fundraising efforts for the project and hurdles to overcome will also be a part of the discussion. The show will also feature Bob Von Hayden who represents Voters with Facts, a volunteer effort dedicated to promote educated fiscal decisions in the community.

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.

 

 

 

Americana Folk Artist Featured on Spectrum West June 4

June 2, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Americana Folk Artist Featured on Spectrum West June 4

Folk musician Charlie Parr previews his upcoming appearance in Eau Claire on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also include conversations about a Spring Valley horse rescue sanctuary, a production about Teddy Roosevelt to be performed in St. Croix Falls, as well as a closer look at this weekend’s Fresh Art Spring Tour in Pepin and Pierce counties, and an update on the Confluence Project in Eau Claire.

Host Al Ross will talk with Charlie Parr, nationally acclaimed Americana folk artist, about his new album StumpJumper. Parr will discuss his interesting career working as a writer and folk performer in Duluth in advance of his performance at the Blue Ox festival taking place in Eau Claire on Thursday, June 11.

Refuge Farms has reached a new milestone of rescuing 1000 horses since inception. Sandy Gilbert, owner of the Spring Valley refuge will talk about this landmark moment as well as the center’s mission to provide care and protection for battered and abused horses.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver shares his conversation with Adam Lindquist, the originator of a one-man production about the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. This historical narrative will be featured in the Elbow Room in the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Saturday, June 13th.

This weekend’s annual Fresh Art Spring Tour will showcase 13 different art studios and galleries in Pepin and Pierce counties. Jean Accola, owner of the Accola Gallery in Durand, will join in on the conversation to preview the event.

Ben Richgruber, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center will provide updates on the Confluence Project. The project to revitalize downtown Eau Claire has been coming together but will inevitably face more obstacles in the future.

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.