Ethics of Water on The West Side September 7

September 1, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Ethics of Water on The West Side September 7

Western Wisconsin water issues will be the focus of Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, September 7 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

 

The program will be a special rebroadcast of interviews conducted earlier on WPR’s La Crosse-based issues show Newsmakers.  The program will be a discussion of the effects of the watershed on western Wisconsin and its residents.

 

Guests will include journalist Cynthia Barnett, who was keynote speaker at the Water Ethics conference at Viterbo University last spring, who contends that drought and water quality issues could create the impetus to stop Americans from taking freshwater for granted.  Also on the program are Curt Meine, a conservation biologist and senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Jane Elder, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Executive Director.

 

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.

Sheepdog trainer featured on Spectrum West September 3

September 1, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

 

Sheepdog trainer featured on Spectrum West September 3

 

Dog trainer Pearse Ward, who will be competing with his dog in the statewide sheepdog trials near Hudson, will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, September 3 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also preview an arts collaboration of communities along the St. Croix River, discuss Pepin’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, and include a visit with Port Washington singer-songwriter, Will Pfrang.

 

Host Al Ross will chat with Pearse Ward about the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association’s 30th Annual Sheepdog Trials where he will compete with Riel, his trusted border collie. Ward, a Northern Ireland native and current St. Paul resident, will offer a unique perspective on this weekend’s event near Hudson that hosts dog trainers and handlers from all over the world.

 

Ross will also talk with Heather Rutledge, director of Artreach St. Croix, about “Take Me to the River,” a blend of art and nature in the St. Croix Valley. Rutledge will talk about the month-long list of events including art fairs, festivals, and studio tours from St. Croix Falls to Afton.

 

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Catherine Latane´, participant in the 25th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder Days which takes place September 12 and 13 in Pepin. Also joining Oliver will be Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar William Anderson, author of 14 books about Wilder and other popular icons.

 

The show will also include a conversation with Will Pfrang, a singer-songwriter from Port Washington who will discuss his debut album entitled “All Figured Out.” He’ll talk about his life as a musician and offer a sample from the new album.

 

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

Comedian at the Big Top Chautauqua featured on Spectrum West August 27

August 24, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Comedian at the Big Top Chautauqua featured on Spectrum West August 27

Comedian Paula Poundstone, who will be performing at the Big Top Chautauqua, will appear on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, August 27 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also preview an upcoming jazz performance at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, feature Eau Claire poet Sandra Lindow, and a musician based in Butternut will join the conversation about his upcoming performance in Neillsville.

 

Host Al Ross will chat with Poundstone about her varied career as an author, actress, interviewer, commentator, and stand-up comic. Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s popular comedy quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! which is heard locally at 9 a.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sundays on WPR’s Ideas Network. Poundstone will perform at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Saturday, September 5.

 

Ross will also talk with Ethan Iverson, an alumnus of Menomonie High School who is now established as a jazz pianist and composer greatly respected in the jazz community. Iverson will perform at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, playing alongside fellow jazz musicians, drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, and bassist Ben Street. Iverson will discuss his time in the jazz scene and what he plans for his homecoming performance, Monday August 31.

 

Jim Oliver will share his conversation with Sandra Lindow, who is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and has been a foundational component for the Writer’s Group at the L.E. Phillips Public Library in Eau Claire. After retiring from teaching at the Eau Claire Academy, Lindow has spent her time mentoring part-time at UW-Stout.

 

The show will also include a conversation with Hugh Masterson, front man for the musical aggregation Hugh Bob and the Hustle, from Nashville. Masterson is a native of Butternut and his band’s music is rooted in a backwoods authenticity that pays homage to this fact. The group is due to perform at the Silver Dome in Neillsville August 29; listeners will get a special preview of this performance and hear more about what gives the band its distinct sound.

 

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

 

 

Extremely Rare Mineral Find Rebroadcast on The West Side August 31

August 24, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Extremely Rare Mineral Find Rebroadcast on The West Side August 31

Host Rich Kremer will discuss the recent discovery of an extremely rare mineral found in a western Wisconsin meteorite crater on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, August 31 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls a rebroadcast of program which originally aired in December of last year.

 

Kremer will welcome University of Puerto Rico Geologist Aaron Cavosie. Cavosie discovered the extremely rare mineral reidite in a rock sample taken from the Rock Elm meteorite impact structure in Pierce County. This find makes the Rock Elm location one of only four places on Earth where the mineral has been discovered and the oldest known reidite on Earth.

 

Kremer will also talk to William Cordua, a retired University of Wisconsin- River Falls geology professor about the important finding of this mineral as well. The meteorite, estimated to have been two football fields wide, struck the planet about 450 million years ago, the impact releasing the energy equivalent of 63,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs and forming the rare amount of reidite.

 

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.

 

Study of Algae Problem Featured on Spectrum West August 20

August 18, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio (715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

 

Study of Algae Problem Featured on Spectrum West August 20

A study by University of Wisconsin-Stout students about the problem of algae in lakes will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, August 20 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 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Amery, the latest on The Chippewa Valley Museum’s annual heritage celebration in Eau Claire, and a discussion with grammy-nominated jazz musician Ellen Whyte and Eau Claire saxophonist Sue Orfield about their musical collaboration.

This summer, college students from across the nation have participated in an 8-week study at UW-Stout about the reoccurring issue of algae growth in lakes. Host Al Ross will talk with Dr. Nels Paulson, faculty coordinator for UW-Stout, about the study, its impact, and early findings.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver shares his conversation with Lamoine Maclaughlin, director of the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts production A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This beloved Shakespearean comedy will be running August 22-23 in Amery.

The Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire is having its 5th annual heritage celebration and fundraiser. The event, Fournier’s For a Night, will look back on the life and times of the popular Eau Claire dance hall-where Buddy Holly had one of his final performances. Ross will talk with guests John Vanek, editor at the museum, and Mickey Lynnes, a member of The Thundermen, a 1960’s Eau Claire rock group performing at the event, which occurs 5:30-11 p.m. on September 10.

Ross will also talk with Ellen Whyte, a Grammy-nominated jazz and blues singer, who is currently in Wisconsin on her annual pilgrimage from Portland, Oregon. Whyte will talk about her friendship and musical collaboration with Eau Claire saxophonist Sue Orfield, who will also join in the conversation to share about their upcoming performance at the Oxford Theater in Eau Claire August 27 at 7:30.

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

 

Legislative Updates in Wisconsin Featured on The West Side August 24

August 17, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Legislative Updates in Wisconsin Featured on The West Side August 24

Western Wisconsin lawmakers will discuss recent and pending legislation in Wisconsin on The West Side on Monday, August 24 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Rich Kremer welcomes Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Representative James Edming (R-Glen Flora) to The West Side.
Kremer and guests will discuss recent bills in Wisconsin, including Governor Walker’s 20-week abortion ban signed in July and the recent commitment to fund the Milwaukee Bucks arena. Lawmakers will meet in Madison September 15 to debate other pending legislation involving changes in medical assistance programs and tax exemptions for local governments.
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.

Wisconsin Public Radio to Celebrate 25 years in Eau Claire

August 11, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
715-839-3868

Wisconsin Public Radio to Celebrate 25 years in Eau Claire

Wisconsin Public Radio will celebrate 25 years in Eau Claire with an open house 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, August 25 at the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center, 1221 West Clairemont Avenue.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet WPR personalities including Rich Kremer, WPR reporter and host of The West Side; Al Ross, host of Spectrum West; Jim Oliver special correspondent for Spectrum West, and financial planner Kevin McKinley of On Your Money. Refreshments will be provided by Bijou Bistro, and there will be studio tours and interactive displays at the free event.

“We’re celebrating our time in Eau Claire,” said Dean Kallenbach, WPR regional manager, “but it’s also a chance to say thank you to all the community partners we’ve developed and all the businesses and individuals who have supported our stations through the years. We’re also celebrating the many people who have been involved with WPR throughout the years as employees, volunteers, and interns.”

The Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center in Eau Claire opened in the summer of 1990. It was funded largely through a $240,000 grant from the Hobbs Foundation, as well as 15 local and state contributors, allowing the organization to move to Eau Claire from its offices at UW-Stout in Menomonie. The office currently houses six Wisconsin Public Broadcast employees as well as a number of volunteers and interns. The architect for the building, Lien and Peterson Architects Inc., and the construction manager Market and Johnson Inc. are sponsors of the open house event.

Four WPR stations broadcast from the local studios, including 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/ River Falls, both of which broadcast WPR’s Ideas Network, which provides issues-based talk programming, and 89.7 WUEC/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS/ Menomonie, which broadcast NPR news and classical music programming.

For more information on this event, please call 800-228-5615 or visit www.wpr.org/eauclaire.

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Chalkfest 2015 Featured on Spectrum West August 13

August 11, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Chalkfest 2015 Featured on Spectrum West August 13

Chalkfest in Eau Claire will be discussed on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network on Thursday, August 13 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 discussion about the opportunity for local students to dance with the Moscow Ballet at a fall performance in Eau Claire, a preview of Community Arts play at the State Theatre in Eau Claire, and a conversation with a member of the folk group Eva about its upcoming performance in Hudson.

Host Al Ross will talk with Kristin Schumacher, assistant director of activities, involvement and leadership at UW-Eau Claire and Lindsey Quinnies, program manager for The Local Store at Volume One about Chalkfest 2015. The August 15 event will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and will also feature over a hundred artists and various attractions for the public.

The Moscow Ballet is coming to the State Theatre in Eau Claire November 10. Sharon Wolin, partnership coordinator for the ballet, will give an inside look at the event as well as an opportunity for young people in western Wisconsin to play a role in the production. Auditions for a part in the program are scheduled for August 24 at Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire.

An upcoming performance of King Arthur- The Mystery of Avalon is coming to the State Theatre in Eau Claire. Special correspondent Jim Oliver will share his conversation with lead male actor Michael Van Hemert about his role in the Community Arts production, which runs August 14-16.

The musical trio called ‘Eva,’ an all-female folk group, with global musical roots from Europe, Australia and the USA will be featured on Spectrum West. We’ll sample the band’s unique sound and Ross will share his conversation with band member Liz Simmons about the band’s upcoming performance at the Phipps Center in Hudson on August 21.

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

Meth Usage in Western Wisconsin Featured on The West Side August 17

August 10, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Meth Usage in Western Wisconsin Featured on The West Side August 17
An increase in methamphetamine arrests in western Wisconsin will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer, St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts, and Eau Claire District Attorney Gary King to speak more on this topic.
The segment will focus on problems related to methamphetamine use in western Wisconsin. Kremer and guests will also discuss new efforts by authorities to combat the issue and prevent future drug abuse.

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.

Job Cuts at University of Wisconsin Colleges Featured on The West Side August 10

August 4, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869
dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Job Cuts at University of Wisconsin Colleges Featured on The West Side August 10
Significant cuts to administration staff at UW-Colleges will be the focus of discussion on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side on Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of UW-Colleges and UW-Extension, Dean Yohnk, dean of UW-Barron County, and Keith Montgomery, dean of UW-Marathon County and interim dean of UW-Marshfield.

The recently approved state budget cuts mean the loss of 83 administrative jobs for 13 UW-Colleges which will now have four deans in charge of multiple schools throughout the state. Kremer and his guests will discuss the possible effects the cuts could have on 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.