The West Side April 21

April 15, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Local Housing Market to be Featured on The West Side April 21

The state of recovery for western Wisconsin’s housing market will be the focus of The West Side Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

The subprime mortgage collapse of 2008 sent the U.S. economy into a deep recession. Host Rich Kremer and his guests will take the temperature of the real estate market of the Chippewa Valley in a special spring housing show.

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.

Spectrum West April 17

April 15, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Local Musician to be Featured on Spectrum West April 17

 

Eau Claire native Sean Carey will previews this month’s performance by his band S. Carey at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire when he joins Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, April 17 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 an original play premiering at UW-Eau Claire;  an Easter season play at the State Theatre; and the Shell Lake Arts Center’s Classical Piano Music Festival.

 

Carey will join host Al Ross to chat about the release of his second album “Range of Light,” the dynamic between him and his band and his experience as a performer. Carey toured with Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver as a drummer and supporting vocalist. He is currently on the road with his band, which plays in UW-Eau Claire’s Schofield Auditorium on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.

 

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome F. Reed Brown, assistant professor in the Music and Theatre Arts Department at UW-Eau Claire, to discuss his original play “Skyline,” which opens Thursday April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Oliver will also have a conversation with Karen Hurd from Fall Creek, the founder of Scene and Hurd Productions, about her play “Simon of Cyrene,” which opens Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Ross will have a phone interview with Steve Carlson, program coordinator of the 6th Annual Classical Piano Music Festival, about classes and performances associated with this year’s event April 26 in Shell Lake.

 

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 for April 14

April 9, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Merging of Two Bird Groups to be Featured on The West Side April 14

Western Wisconsin will soon be home to the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter. Members of the new association will explain how the group came to be on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Steve Betchkal, author of All of This and Robins Too: A Guide to the 50 or So Best Places to Find Bird in Wisconsin and member of the National Audubon Society, and Bill Hogseth, conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

One of the organizations was a newly forming local chapter of the Audubon Society, which was in the initial phase of application to the society. The other organization was the already established Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society.  When the ink dries on the paperwork, the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter will be the largest in the state. The guests will explain how the merger happened and what its plans are for the start of this “union.” Hogseth will talk about the DNR’s role in bird conservation and how it will collaborate with GNAC.

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.

Spectrum West for April 10

April 8, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Local Blues Guitarist to be Featured on Spectrum West April 10

 

Blues guitarist Howard “Guitar” Luedtke from Chippewa Falls will talk about  the development of his passion for music that lead him to make it his life’s work on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. Also joining the show will be  Zachary Schultz, the co-director of Eau Claire North High School’s spring musical; Denise Baker, director of The Fox on the Fairway ; and Andrew Steffen, member of The Master Singers.

 

Host Al Ross will talk to Luedtke, founder of the western Wisconsin rock blues band Blue Max, about his fascination with Travis Wammack, American rock and roll guitarist from Memphis. He first heard Wammack play the guitar on a 45 RPM record as a teenager and last fall he had the opportunity to meet and play with the man who ignited his appreciation for music.

Schultz will join Ross to preview the upcoming production of Grease, which opens Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The collaboration between The Husky Moon Theatre Company and the NHS Performing Arts Department will be the first musical performed at NHS in 19 years.

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Baker to discuss Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway, which opens Friday April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, and runs until May 4.

 

Steffen will join Ross to talk about his experience in The Master Singers and original scores performed by the renowned choral aggregation. Steffens is a singer, composer, conductor, accompanist and educator.

 

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.

Rural Mental Health to be Featured on The West Side April 7

April 1, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Rural Mental Health to be Featured on The West Side April 7

The show will explore the options and challenges for people with mental health issues living in rural communities in western Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome Dr. Filza Hussein, a psychiatrist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Rice Lake, to talk about the limited resources of mental health services available locally for those living in small towns.

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.

Eau Claire Jazz Festival to be Featured on Spectrum West April 3

April 1, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Eau Claire Jazz Festival to be Featured on Spectrum West April 3

 

Host Al Ross will welcome Mark Blaskey, president of the Board of Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. and Wycliffe Gordon, renowned trombonist and one of the two guest artists at this year’s festival, to discuss this year’s festival on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, April 3 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 with Abbie Gardner, part of the folk trio Red Molly, and an update on this year’s Sculpture Tour – Eau Claire.

Blaskey and Gordon will join Ross to explore the passion that has been driving the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and the record number of registrations in its 47th year. Blaskey will explain the logistics and details of planning activities for the event. Gordon will share the artist’s perspective in preparing for the festival. Both the Friday April 4 concert at 7:00 p.m. and the Saturday, April 5 concert at 6:30 p.m. will be held in the Memorial High School Auditorium.

Ross will then talk to Gardner about her band’s new CD “The Red Album” that released this week. Red Molly is on a Midwest tour with two appearances in western Wisconsin this weekend. Performances are at Chippewa Valley Cultural Association’s Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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.

March 25, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Confluence Project to be Featured on Spectrum West March 27

The controversy fueled by the Confluence Project will be the topic of special coverage less than a week before two referendum issues are considered in the April1 elections on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.


Rich Kremer, WPR reporter and host of The West Side, will interview three spokespersons with Voters with Facts, a group supporting the City of Eau Claire referendum that would restrict city spending on the project and others like it.  Voters with Facts will be represented by Dave Wood, Maryjo Cohen and Bob Von Haden, a member of the Eau Claire City Council.

Host Al Ross will talk to the representatives of Voices for Growth, an organization supporting the partnership that includes the downtown development of a performing arts center, university housing and a public plaza. James Hanke, economic development specialist and Kathy Mitchell, retired University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire administrator and Eau Claire city council member will join to share their argument in favor of the Confluence Project.

 

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 Referendum Forum

March 25, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

A Confluence Project Referendum Forum to be Featured on The West Side March 31

Both sides of the proposed Confluence Project debate will be on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, March 31 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

Host Rich Kremer will welcome members of groups that both support the project and those pushing for a referendum on the proposed Confluence Project. Representing Voters with Facts will be concerned citizens Maryjo Cohen and Bob Von Haden.  In support of the project will be Ben Richgruber and Eric Larsen.

Guests will discuss the $85 million project, and where they stand on it. The proposal is a public-private-university partnership that would develop a performing arts center, retail space and housing for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the city’s downtown.

The Confluence Project has been discussed on multiple programs since the first town-hall style meetings in 2012. WPR has been offering in-depth coverage on this topic from the beginning.

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 for March 17

March 12, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3869

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Legislative Session Roundup to be Featured on The West Side March 17

The show will take a look at the end of the state’s legislative session on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network The West Side Monday, March 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 Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), representing the 68th District and Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), representing the 21st District.

Kremer and guests will look at what made it through the legislature and what fell short. They will discuss what bills legislators are making a final push on before the session ends later in the week. Some of the more controversial bills being taken up by the State Senate and Assembly would limit early and absentee voting at county clerks’ offices and extending how long lobbyists can make contributions to lawmakers.  Guests will also discuss the possibility of Governor Walker calling a special session of the legislature to work on a voter ID bill, if state and federal courts strike down a similar bill passed last session.

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.

March 11, 2014

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio
(715)-839-3868

dean.kallenbach@wpr.org

Local Writer to be Featured on Spectrum West March 13

 

Nickolas Butler, an Eau Claire writer with roots in Little Wing, will talk about the debut of his novel, “Shotgun Lovesongs” on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also feature Eliza Wheeler, an illustrator from Solon Springs; Mary Logue, the writer of a mystery series set in Pepin County and Glenn Kohlberger, the president of Clowns of America International.

 

Host Al Ross will talk to Butler about his book that is already receiving enthusiastic reviews before its official release on March 11. The novel progresses from multiple perspectives, sharing how the small town stimulated personal growth and served as a strong magnetic force bonding Butler and his friends together.

 

Wheeler will join Ross to share how she established an appreciation for art early in life and the paths she has taken to realize her dream.  Wheeler is emerging as a sought- after illustrator of children’s books, while living in Los Angeles.

 

Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome back Logue to the show and talk about the latest in her Claire Watkins series, “Lake of Tears”. Logue will also discuss the Mary Lou Kirwin – penned book “Death Overdue”, the second book in the Karen Nash series.

 

Kohlberger will join Ross to discuss the art of clowning and the shortage of clowns in America.

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.