Spectrum West For May 8

May 6, 2014


For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio


Buffalo County “River Rat” and Author to be Featured on Spectrum West May 8


Kenny Salwey, the self proclaimed “last river rat,” will talk about his new book “The Dogs and I: True Tails from the Mississippi” on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The show will also feature an upcoming play in Shell Lake, a preview of Chippewa Valley Symphony’s last concert of the season, and Menomonie Band Booster’s annual Spring Swing.

Host Al Ross will welcome Salwey, who has roots in the Mississippi backwaters of Buffalo County, to discuss his new book and preview the young adult book he is currently working on about bullfrogs.


Special Correspondent Jim Oliver will share details about the Theater in the Woods presentation “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” directed by Jody Peck. The play opens Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Erika Quam Memorial Theater in Shell Lake.

Ross will look ahead to Chippewa Valley Symphony’s final concert of the season, “The Last Word: Strauss and Bartok” that will also feature the music of Ravel with special Guest Soprano Mitra Sadeghpour. The performance is Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Jacob Karkula, Menomonie High School band teacher, will preview this year’s Spring Swing, which will feature Menomonie High School Jazz Ensemble, Troppo Big Band and the Menomonie Middle School Jazz Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 in the Menomonie High School Gymnasium.


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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