May 24, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
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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