March 25, 2014


For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio

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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