Big Top Radio Founder Warren Nelson To Visit Spectrum West

February 20, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Al Ross


Big Top Radio Founder Warren Nelson to Visit Spectrum West


Musician and Big Top Chautauqua founder Warren Nelson will visit Spectrum West on Friday, February 24 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other guests include two University of Wisconsin-Barron County professors who have authored a book about the use of music in politics; a member of the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra; the director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire production of Into The Woods; and a University of Wisconsin-Stout professor whose work is now part of a permanent display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Host Al Ross will talk with Warren Nelson about his upcoming performance at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls on Saturday February, 25th at 7:30 p.m. Nelson will perform with musician-friends Ed Willitt, Andy Dee, Rowan Nelson-Ferris and Otis McLennon.

Also visiting Ross will be UW-Barron County Assistant Professors Benjamin Schoening and Eric Kasper. They are professors of music and political science, respectively. Their new book Don’t Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns, explores how politicians use music to convey a range of political messages.

Ross will talk with Geoff Peterson to preview the upcoming Giants of Jazz Series event to be presented by the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. at The Oxford of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre complex. The concert will celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and is the inaugural event for the Giants of Jazz Series. The evening will also feature big bands from Osseo-Fairchild and Eau Claire North High Schools.

F. Reed Brown, assistant professor of theatre at UW-Eau Claire will talk with Correspondent Jim Oliver about Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim which opens on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The play will feature music direction by Mitra Sadeghpour. Performances will run through Sunday, March 4th.

Ross will also talk with Professor of Art and Design Dave Beck from UW-Stout. Beck’s print, entitled Jellyfish Burger, has become part of a permanent display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Beck is a practicing 3D digital artist and sculptor and has shown his work in exhibitions across the country.

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 Friday nights from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. To learn more about Spectrum West and host Al Ross, visit