Renewable Energy Projects to be Featured on The West Side August 3

July 28, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Renewable Energy Projects to be Featured on The West Side August 3

Recent renewable energy projects in western Wisconsin 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 Dody Wubker, chief financial officer for the Eau Claire energy cooperative, Adam Wehling, associate dean of agriculture, energy at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, and a representative from the Dairyland Power Co-op.

The segment will focus on renewable energy projects in Wisconsin, including the installation of wind turbines at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. Kremer and guests will also discuss the Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s initiative of building a five-acre field of solar panels called a ‘solar garden’ in Eau Claire.

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.

Cloud Cult on Spectrum West July 30

July 28, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Cloud Cult on Spectrum West July 30

The founder of the indie rock band Cloud Cult previews the group’s upcoming performance in Arcadia on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, July 30 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also look ahead to a chainsaw sculpture championship in Eau Claire, the Festival Theatre’s latest production in St. Croix Falls, a performance by The Swampers in Chippewa Falls, and a three day blues festival in Durand.

Host Al Ross will talk with Craig Minowa of Viroqua, founder and front man for Cloud Cult. The band now remains independent in order to maintain control over their careers and commitment to the environment. The show will include a preview of their unique sound and more information on the upcoming performance at the Ashley for the Arts Festival in Arcadia, August 7, at 6 p.m.

Some of the best sculptors in the world will be competing at the upcoming U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship in Carson Park. Executive Director of the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, Diana Peterson, will give Ross the details of the event, running August 6-9 in Eau Claire.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Mark Baer, directing one of America’s best loved plays for nearly 70 years, A Streetcar Named Desire. The play will be a highlight in the 25th season of the St. Croix Festival Theatre and will run August 1 through September 6.

Jerry Way of Chippewa Falls, singer and songwriter for The Swampers, will visit the studio with a couple of songs and details on the group’s upcoming performance at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, August 6.

Dan Callan, an organizer of the eighth annual Blues on the Chippewa in Durand will preview the lineup for the three day blues event running through August 2.

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

Homelessness to be Featured on The West Side July 27

July 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Homelessness to be Featured on The West Side July 27

Homelessness in western Wisconsin will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, July 27 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 Dan Robinson, executive director of Sojourner House, Danielle Claesges, homeless coordinator for the Eau Claire Area School District, and Carrie Poser, Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care coordinator.
The segment will include recent data about homelessness in western Wisconsin as well as information about the upcoming Point-in-Time count, sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Kremer and his guests will discuss options available to individuals in need. The show will also feature an insider’s perspective of homelessness as reported by WPR news intern Symone Foster.
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.

Annual Arcadia Arts Festival Featured on Spectrum West July 23

July 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Annual Arcadia Arts Festival Featured on Spectrum West July 23

The Ashley Arts Festival in Arcadia will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, July 23 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 about an Eau Claire author’s latest literary award, a discussion with an Eau Claire native about the upcoming performance of their nationally-recognized indie band, and a preview of the Midwest Craft Brewers conference coming to Menomonie in August.

Al Ross will talk with Ashley Furniture spokesperson Jason Lockington about the Ashley for the Arts Festival in Arcadia August 6-8. The festival which will feature a live recording of WPR’s Big River Radio Wave, artisan vendors, food and more. Musical headliners will include Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Fray and Easton Corbin.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Eau Claire author Nickolas Butler about his latest achievement, the 2015 Literary Award, presented by the Wisconsin Library Association. This award, which is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author, is in recognition for Butler’s highly acclaimed 2014 novel Shotgun Lovesongs.

Ross will also talk with John Cranford, an Eau Claire native touring with his South Carolina-based indie band Cranford Hollow. They will discuss the group’s upcoming Eau Claire performance and their soon to be released fourth album.

The Midwest Craft Brewers Conference is coming to UW-Stout in Menomonie August 6-7. Ross welcomes Anna McCabe, organizer of the professional education programs and service department, and Jake Woldstad, a home brewer and president of the Menomonie Home Brewers Club to talk about 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

Chronic Wasting Disease featured on The West Side July 20

July 17, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Chronic Wasting Disease featured on The West Side July 20

Chronic wasting disease has been found in an Eau Claire county deer breeding facility, a discussion of the ramifications of this will be featured on The West Side on Monday, July 20 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 an outdoor reporter of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Other guests on the show will be George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Dave Clausen, former DNR board member, and Mike Engleson, executive director of Wisconsin Lakes.

A case of chronic wasting disease was found in a deer breeding facility near Fairchild. The DNR is requesting aid from local residents to be on the lookout for two deer that may have the disease who escaped from the farm in May.

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.

 

Grammy Award Winning Gospel Group Spectrum West July 16

July 14, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Grammy Award Winning Gospel Group Spectrum West July 16

A Grammy Award-winning gospel music group playing in Eau Claire this weekend will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, July 16 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 Chippewa Falls production of “Oklahoma”, a weekend event sponsored by a farming organization in Amery, and a Menomonie author’s historical rendering of 3-D postcards.

Host Al Ross will talk with Jimmy ‘Jimster’ Carter, the head man for The Blind Boys of Alabama which is set to present at the Eaux Claires Festival Friday, July 17. The group is a five-time Grammy winning gospel band from Birmingham. Carter will discuss the band’s latest release “I’ll Find a Way,” produced by Eau Claire-based musician Justin Vernon.

The Hungry Turtle Institute is an Amery-based non-profit organization of sustainable agriculture and land stewardship. Kristen-Lee Charlson, executive director of this organization will be sharing information about the sponsored event Hungry Turtle Weekend at the Amery Food Hub, which will include food demonstrations, tours and live music.

Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Nancy Scobie, the director of the musical “Oklahoma,” a community production at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls running July 17-19.

Ross will also talk with David Tank, an award-winning photographer, about his latest book, “Postcards from the Past” which looks into Menomonie’s history. The process uses 3-D reproductions of scenes over the last century in Menomonie, comparing the past with the present.

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

Proposed Budget Cut Impact on Universities to be Featured on The West Side July 13

July 7, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Proposed Budget Cut Impact on Universities to be Featured on The West Side July 13
The impact of proposed state budget cuts on universities in western Wisconsin will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Rich Kremer will welcome Mike Rindo, Assistant Chancellor for Facilities and University Relations at UW-Eau Claire, Doug Mell, Executive Director of University Communications and External Relations at UW-Stout, and Beth Schommer, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at UW-River Falls. During the segment, Kremer and guests will focus on steps being taken by universities to adjust to the proposed cuts.
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.

Eaux Claires Festival Featured on Spectrum West July 9

July 7, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Eaux Claires Festival Featured on Spectrum West July 9

An inside look at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, July 9 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 about the Eau Claire Express baseball team, a preview of a literacy and music event coming to Menomonie, and a discussion with an Eau Claire author about her first book in a new series.

Host Al Ross will talk with Mike Snow, co-founder of the Boston based company Crash Line Productions, which has a hand in producing the Eaux Claires Festival coming to Eau Claire July 17-18. The discussion will give an inside look surrounding the high profile event including the musical lineup, unique amenities offered, and the large crowd expected.

A conversation about amateur baseball in western Wisconsin will feature the Eau Claire Express General Manager, Andy Neborak and Field Manager Dale Varsho. Ross will talk with the guests about what it takes to run a successful baseball operation, on and off the field.

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 feature live music. Cook will also elaborate on the importance of this organization to Wisconsin residents.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Eau Claire author Delaney Green, about Jem: A Girl of London. This is the first in a series of books that are both historical and speculative fiction set in eighteenth century London.

The series, set in eighteenth century London, is for young adults. 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

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