Wisconsin Public Radio Icon to be Featured on Spectrum West

February 11, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Al Ross
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Wisconsin Public Radio Icon to be Featured on Spectrum West

Wisconsin Public Radio personality Karl Schmidt will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire. Other topics include the upcoming publication of “Red Cedar,” an arts and literature journal at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, the American Red Cross’ “We Challenge U” blood drive, and the opening of both “Die Fledermaus” and “Pirates of Penzance” in Chippewa Valley.

Host Al Ross welcomes long-time WPR personality and founding board member of NPR, Karl Schmidt. Schmidt will discuss his long life on- and off-air. Schmidt is well known for his contributions to the internationally acclaimed radio drama series “EARPLAY” and his readings on the daily program “Chapter a Day.”

Joel Friederich, an assistant professor of English at UW-Barron County, also joins the show. Friederich will discuss the University’s annual journal of arts and literature, “Red Cedar.” Submissions are currently being solicited from creative writers, visual artists and photographers for consideration in the 2013 edition.

The American Red Cross’ “We Challenge U” blood drive will visit UW-Eau Claire next week. Corey Benjamin, a program manager within the Mid-America Blood Services Division, will discuss the student-focused campaign visiting university campuses through February.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will join the show with his segment, “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin.” Oliver will preview “Die Fledermaus,” an operetta production of UWEC Theatre, opening February 21 at UW-Eau Claire’s Gantner Concert Hall. Also featured is the Menomonie Theatre Guild’s presentation of “Pirates of Penzance,” opening February 22 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

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 from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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