Rebroadcast of Taking the Pulse of Regional Economy to be Featured on The West Side September 1

August 26, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Taking the Pulse of the Regional Economy to be Featured on The West Side September 1

A rebroadcast of the June 23 show focusing on the economic outlook of the region will be on The West Side from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Monday, September 1 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer welcomed Scott Hodek, a west central regional economist for the Department of Workforce Development and Brian Doudna, executive director for Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation.

Kremer and guests took a look at the recent economy in western Wisconsin.  Some of the topics discussed were the shrinking labor market and the release of a survey on regional skills gap.

The West Side will be back with a live show on Monday, September 8 with another election forum between Darrel Laumann, Democrat-New Richmond; Dean Knudson, Republican-Hudson; and Laurie Kroeger, Libertarian-Hudson.

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.

An Award-Winning Alma Vineyard to be Featured on Spectrum West August 28

August 26, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

An Award-Winning Alma Vineyard to be Featured on Spectrum West August 28

The manager from Danzinger Vineyards of Alma will talk about its recent wine awards on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network August 28 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 unusual cookbook, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire film festival and a benefit dog swim in Eau Claire.

 

Host Al Ross will sit down with David Danzinger, general manager of Danzinger Vineyards, to chat about the vineyard’s recent awards at both the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs and the wines it produces.

 

Daniel Shumski, writer and editor, will share his cookbook “Will It Waffle?” with Ross. The cookbook has some unusual recipes for cooking with a waffle iron, which Spectrum West will share with listeners.

 

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will share a conversation he had with Ann Sessions, executive director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, about its 34th season and the condition of The Grand Theatre. Then Oliver will share his “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” segment.

 

Ross will highlight The Eau Queer Film Festival, which celebrates the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. This year’s festival is titled “Out of this World” and takes place September 24-28 in Davies Center’s Woodland Theater on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

 

Ross will preview the Canine Pets Swim for Heroes on Monday, September 1 at Eau Claire’s Fairfax Pool from noon to 3:00 p.m., which benefits the Military Working Dog Tribute at Highground in Neillsville.

 

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.

Spectrum West August 21

August 19,  2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Iconic Bed-and-Breakfast of Bayfield to be Featured on Spectrum West August 21

A Northern Wisconsin Innkeeper and writer will be on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network August 21 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 Eau Claire band, a theater production in Amery, and a winery in Chippewa Falls.

Host Al Ross will sit down with Mark Phillips, son of Jerry and Mary Phillips who founded Bayfield’s Old Rittenhouse Inn. Phillips will talk about his experience as a second generation innkeeper of one of Wisconsin’s first bed-and-breakfasts and his recently released book, “The Old Rittenhouse Inn Cookbook: Meals and Memories from the Historic Bayfield B&B.”

Ross will chat with members from the Eau Claire band Softly, Dear to hear about their tour of the eastern United States to promote their new self-titled CD. Members visited with Ross prior  to their performance at the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park on August 7.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will talk with LaMoine MacLaughlin, executive director of Northern Lakes Theater Guild,  about the theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.”  The play will run Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m at The Northern Lakes Center for the Arts in Amery. Oliver will share his “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” segment.

Ross will sit down with Donna Sachs, winemaker at River Bend Vineyard and Winery in Chippewa Falls, to hear about the winery’s recent recognition as a Best of Division winner at the Wisconsin State Fair’s Professional Wine Competition. Ross and Sachs will talk about the business of wine making in Wisconsin.

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.

The West Side August 25

August 19, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Confluence Project Update to be Featured on The West Side August 25

A break will be taken from a series of election forums to give an update on the Confluence project on The West Side from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Monday, August 25 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will be talking to stakeholders involved with the Confluence project.  Kremer will get response from community members, both for and against the Confluence, to action being taken this week by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents regarding funding mechanisms for the project.

The UW System Board of Regents will be considering a resolution pledging support for the proposed performing arts center in downtown Eau Claire and directing the UW System President to work with Governor Scott Walker’s Department of Administration to get it built. The full Board of Regents meeting is Thursday, August 21 at 1:15 p.m. at UW-Oshkosh. UW-Eau Claire is attempting to obtain a non-state agency grant to provide up to $25 million for the Confluence project.

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 West Side August 18

August 12, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org 

Candidates for the 67th Assembly to be Featured on The West Side August 18

Candidates for the 67th Assembly will take part in an election forum on The West Side from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Monday, August 18 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes Thomas Larson, Republican incumbent of Colfax and Gary Stene, Democrat of Colfax, who are vying for the seat in the November 4 general election.

Candidates from the 67th Assembly join Kremer to voice their opinions, discuss issues and explain their qualifications. The 67th Assembly District includes parts of Dunn and Chippewa counties.

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.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s has a 20-plus year commitment of providing voters access to their candidates for legislature in western Wisconsin. The live discussions are designed to facilitate listener participation and present a platform for candidates to share their opinions on issues important to western Wisconsin voters. You can go to www.wpr.org/eauclaire to learn more about upcoming forums.

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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.

 

Spectrum West August 14

August 12, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Physically Limited Guitarist to be Featured on Spectrum West August 14

Guitarist Billy McLaughlin will talk about his upcoming concert in St. Croix Falls on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network August 14 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 art tour in Herbster, a theater production in Boyceville, and a music festival in Glen Flora.

Host Al Ross will talk with McLaughlin, guitar instrumentalist and keynote speaker, about the limitations he faced when diagnosed with focal dystonia. His left hand, affected by the neuromuscular disorder, could no longer be used to perform on the neck of his guitar. After several years, he created a new style and will be performing at the St. Croix Festival Theatre on September 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Ross will sit down with Jane Herrick, artist and organizer of the 2014 Herbster Studio Art Tour in Bayfield County. This year the tour will feature the work of nine artists and will include a silent auction. The event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will hear from Blaine Halverson, director of the Menomonie Theater Guild. Halverson will talk about the Red Cedar Youth Stage and its production of “Snow White: A Very Pale Fairy Tale”. Performances will be on Friday, August 22 and Saturday August 23 at Boyceville High School. Oliver will share his “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” segment.

Ross will chat with Wayne Zank, producer and originator of Wayne Zank Enterprises about the 8th Annual Northwoods Rock Rally. The rally will be from August 14-16 southeast of Glen Flora on Town Line Road.

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.

Spectrum West August 7

August 5, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

UW-Eau Claire Students Back From South Africa to be Featured on Spectrum West August 7

 

Two students representing the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a South African music festival will be on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network August 7 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 St.

Croix Falls play, a one-man show of Walt Whitman works in Durand and an Arcadia music festival.

 

Host Al Ross will sit down with UW-Eau Claire students Joe Hujet and Elliott Rittenberry to hear about their trip to the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival held this last July in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The two were part of a percussion quartet which also included fellow UW-Eau Claire students Andrew Bocher and Jack Donovan.

 

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will have a conversation with Carl Lindberg, director of the musical comedy “The 39 Steps” coming to the Festival Theatre, and Jaclyn Johnson, the artistic director and a member of the play’s cast. The show opens Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Croix Falls and runs through Sunday, September 7. Then Oliver shares his “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” segment.

 

Ross talks with Terry Mesch from Pepin, and gets a preview of “Sing Me the Universal – A Whitman Monologue.”  The one-man show that Mesch created and performs will be presented Saturday, August 16 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Durand at 7:30 p.m.

 

Then Ross chats about the Ashley for the Arts Festival with Jason Lockington, a corporate coordinator of the annual music and arts festival held at Memorial Park in Arcadia this Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9. The festival includes performances by The Beach Boys and Ingrid Michaelson, and it again features The Big River Radio Wave in the Pavilion, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The BRRW show will be broadcast statewide on WPR on Labor Day at 6 p.m. Monday, September 1.

 

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.

The West Side August 11

August 5, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

The 25th Senate Democratic Primary Candidates to be Featured on The West Side August 11

Democratic candidates for the 25th District Senate Democratic Primary will take part in an election forum on The West Side from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Monday, August 11 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes Thomas Ratzlaff of Park Falls, Janet Bewley of Ashland and Gary Kauther of Poplar, who are vying in the August 12 primary for the right to challenge Republican candidate Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake. The seat is currently held by Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, who is retiring after 32 years in the legislature.

Candidates from the 25th Senate will join Kremer to voice their opinions, discuss issues and explain their qualifications. The 25th District includes all of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price and Washburn counties and parts of Burnett, Dunn, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Vilas counties.

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.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s has a 20-plus year commitment of providing voters access to their candidates for legislature in western Wisconsin. The live discussions are designed to facilitate listener participation and present a platform for candidates to share their opinions on issues important to western Wisconsin voters. You can go to www.wpr.org/eauclaire to learn more about upcoming forums.

 

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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.

Spectrum West July 31

July 29, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

The St. Croix River to be Featured on Spectrum West July 31

Threats to the St. Croix River will be discussed on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network July 31 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 patriarch of the Chippewa Valley music scene, a Rice Lake theatre production, and a musical event in Durand.

Host Al Ross will sit down with Monica Zachay, water resource steward for the St. Croix River Association, to talk about both natural and man-made threats affecting the river. Zachay will also talk about what the St. Croix River Association does to help the river, particularly when it comes to invasive species.

Ross will chat with Jerry Way, retired music educator, about his tireless musical contributions to events and productions throughout the year. Since retirement, Way has stayed involved by performing in the Chippewa Valley area. Way will share his original scores that he wrote for his group, The Swampers. The Swampers will perform the words of William F. Kirk, “Poet Laureate of Chippewa Falls,” set to music by Way at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will sit down with Rachel Westberg, director of Rice Lake’s Red Barn Theatre production “The Sunshine Boys, by Neil Simon.” The production will begin on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. and go through August 9.  Oliver will share his “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” segment.

Ross will have a preview of this weekend’s 7th annual Blues on the Chippewa event at Durand Memorial Park. The event will kick off with the Alex Wilson Band with Jim Liban Friday, August 1 at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday.

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.

The West Side August 4

July 29, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org 

The 31st  Senate Republican Primary Candidates to be Featured on The West Side August 4

Republican candidates for the 31st Senate Republican Primary will take part in an election forum on The West Side from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Monday, August 1 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer welcomes Republican Bill Ingram of Durand and Republican Mel Pittman of Plum City, who are vying in the August 12 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma.

Candidates from the 31st Senate will join Kremer to voice their opinions, discuss issues and explain their qualifications while taking questions from Kremer and callers. The 31st District includes all of Pepin and Buffalo counties, most of Pierce County, and some of Jackson, Eau Claire, and Dunn.

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.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s has a 20-plus year commitment of providing voters access to their candidates for legislature in western Wisconsin. The live discussions are designed to facilitate listener participation and present a platform for candidates to share their opinions on issues important to western Wisconsin voters. You can go to www.wpr.org/eauclaire to learn more about upcoming forums.

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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.