Wisconsin Mandolinist To Be Discussed On Spectrum West

March 25, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Al Ross

Wisconsin Mandolinist to be Discussed on Spectrum West

Wisconsin mandolinist, Jesse Cobb, will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other topics include the “A Peace of my Mind” traveling exhibit, opportunities for students with the Menomonie Theater Guild’s Red Cedar Youth Stage and the upcoming season at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls.

Host Al Ross welcomes Jesse Cobb, one-half of a bluegrass duo also featuring his brother Shad Cobb. Jesse Cobb is a mandolin player who burst onto the music scene in the 1990s as part of the Cobb Brothers Band. The brothers are from Dairyland, a small town at the northernmost tip of Wisconsin. Cobb will give an update on his and his brother Shad’s careers.

John Noltner, a Minneapolis-based photojournalist, will return to the show to discuss the growth of the “A Peace of my Mind” photographic documentary project that he founded in 2009. The project has blossomed into a multi-platform experience including a traveling exhibit, website, podcasts and a book. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s W.R. Davies Center will host the exhibit from April 1 to May 12.

Blaine Halverson, the director of the Menomonie Theater Guild, will visit the show to preview opportunities being offered to students in grades 1-12 through the Red Cedar Youth Stage. Activities will include camp programs, theater productions and classes that begin in April and run through the end of July.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will join the show with his segment, “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin.” Oliver also welcomes Pamela Fuchs from the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls. Fuchs will discuss the upcoming season, including the theater’s next production, “Rounding Third,” a two-man show about two fathers who coach their sons in little league baseball.

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 and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.