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Dr. Zorba Paster (pictured center) poses with fans at the Milwaukee Dinner for Listeners on April 11.  Attendees were entertained with an evening of health advice and laughter with Dr. Zorba and his co-host Tom Clark (not pictured).

Registration is still open for the Central Wisconsin dinner with Jim Fleming on May 14.  Learn more and register here.

New Station 89.9 FM in Rhinelander-Eagle River     

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The new station's signal supplements coverage from WPR's WLBL on 930 AM and 91.9 FM and WHBM 90.3 FM in Park Falls.

Listeners in the Rhinelander-Eagle River area have a reason to celebrate!  On Monday, April 1 we brought our newest station - 89.9 FM - online northeast of Rhinelander.  It will offer a stronger local signal to fans of the Ideas Network.


"Current listeners will definitely notice a change in the clarity of the signal," noted WPR Director Mike Crane.  "The new 89.9 FM allows folks in Eagle River, Crandon, Rhinelander - and throughout the region - to enjoy our talk and entertainment programs like never before," he added.   


The station was paid for by private donations through the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation. 


This is the latest of three new WPR stations in the northern half of the state.  In 2011 WPR launched 90.9 FM in Ashland and, in 2012, 88.5 FM in Duluth. 


Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition Winners 
(From left to right) Garrick Olsen, Greg Riss, Joseph Connor, Sam Golter, Trevor Litsey
and Alison Rowe.


From a high-school aged pianist to a card-carrying member of the Grand Oom-Pa Tuba Society of the Midwest, winners of WPR's 2013 Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition represent the outstanding and diverse talent of the state's classical music students.


"Music is a huge part of who I am, and I can't really imagine life without it," said pianist Garrick Olsen.


2013 Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition Winners:

  • Alison Rowe, cellist, Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University  
  • Trevor Litsey, tuba, Lawrence University 
  • Garrick Olsen, piano, eAchieve Academy High School 
  • Sam Golter, flute, Lawrence University 
  • Joseph Connor and Greg Riss, saxophone and marimba duo, Lawrence University

The competition and winners concert was made possible, in part, by a grant from the estate of the late UW-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva.  A dedicated listener to WPR, he left a portion of his estate to help fund community outreach programs at the network.  


Listen to a rebroadcast of the Neale-Silva Competition on Sunday, May 26 at 12:30pm on the News & Classical Music Network.  


Click here to view video comments from these six musicians on the concert series' Facebook page.  

Enjoy "Bayfield in Bloom" with Larry Meiller
Join Larry Meiller and producer Judith Siers-Poisson in Bayfield on May 17 for a live broadcast of Garden Talk


Garden Talk returns to Bayfield for "Bayfield in Bloom" on May 17.


Larry Meiller and Garden Talk Producer Judith Siers-Poisson will be in Bayfield to help kick off a month-long celebration of the growing season on Friday, May 17.


"If there's one Friday in May that I most look forward to, it's the Friday I host from Bayfield in Bloom," said Larry.  "Wonderful people, great setting and great guests! Can't wait to see everyone!"      


This will be the 11th year that Garden Talk has opened the festival.  The show will be broadcast live from the Bayfield Pavilion and starts at 11am.  The public is welcome to attend.


Learn more about Bayfield in Bloom here.

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Programming. . .
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Talk About Issues That Matter to You 



April 19 at 3pm: At Issue 

John Munson speaks to guest Larry Gragg, author of Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture, about how Vegas has been depicted in popular culture over the years, and how that portrayal has contributed to the city's powerful allure. 


April 25 at 10am: The Kathleen Dunn Show

Kathleen Dunn is joined by author Michael Pollan.  They will discuss his new book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.   

April 29 at 11am: The Larry Meiller Show
Tornadoes are a force to be respected and fascination with them is nothing new.  Larry Meiller speaks with Lee Sandlin, author of Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers, as they discuss storm chasers from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  
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Upcoming Shows   



April 21 at 5pm: Simply Folk
Join host Stephanie Elkins for a musical celebration of Earth Day.

Sundays in May: Simply Folk
Simply Folk highlights the artists performing as part of the Charles Allis Museum American Roots Music Series in Milwaukee: Joe Filisko & Eric Noden; Lil' Rev; Michael Ammons & the Water Street Hot Shots; Steve Cohen & Peter Roller; and Billy Flynn.
WPR News & Events Around Wisconsin
Meet Wisconsin Public Radio program hosts, producers and staff in and around Wisconsin at these upcoming events.  For more updates on local events, performances and activities in your area, follow our regional links.

Eau Claire Area 

Marika Fischer Hoyt to Host Chamber Orchestra Concert

Marika Fischer Hoyt, host of Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Classics on the News & Classical Network, will visit Eau Claire on Saturday, April 27 to host the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra's concert, "Two Symphonies and A Double Concerto" at Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire.  More information here. 

Find information about Eau Claire area events at:

La Crosse Area

Lucy Kaplansky at the Pump House Regional Arts Center

WPR-La Crosse music host Tami Bartels welcomes folk singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky for a concert celebrating her new CD, "Reunion" on Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm. 
More information and tickets here.

Celebrate the Music of Duke Ellington with WPR 
WPR is co-sponsor of the 7:30pm Saturday, April 27 "Musical Genius of Duke Ellington" concert, presented by the Viterbo Bright Star Season.  The concert features the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.  While there, meet regional manager John Gaddo and WLSU blues host Tami Bartels.  More information here. 

Find information about La Crosse area events at:

Madison Area
Stephanie Elkins to Judge Madison Songwriters Guild  
Stephanie Elkins is set to judge the Madison Songwriters Guild annual song showcase/showdown at Tuvalu Coffeehouse in Verona on Thursday, May 2.  More information here.  


Find information about Madison area events at:


Green Bay Area

Find information about Green Bay area events at:


Milwaukee Area 
Moth StorySLAM
WPR is proud to sponsor the Moth StorySLAM on Thursday, May 2 at the Miramar Theatre.  The theme for May is "ENVY."  When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in the hat.  A half-hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. 
More information here.

Author Michael Pollan on WPR and at the Oriental Theatre  
WPR is a proud sponsor of Michael Pollan's Milwaukee appearance at the Oriental Theatre, brought to you by Boswell Book Company.  Hear Michael Pollan speak about his new book "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation" and listen to Kathleen Dunn interview him on Thursday, April 25 at 10am.  More information here.    

Find information about Milwaukee area events at:

Superior Area
Bayfield in Bloom with Larry Meiller  

Garden Talk returns to Bayfield for "Bayfield in Bloom" on May 17.  The show will be broadcast live from the Bayfield Pavilion and starts at 11am.  More information here. 


Stephanie Elkins at the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra  

Simply Folk host Stephanie Elkins will deliver the pre-concert talk as the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra closes its 2012-2013 season with a concert on Saturday, May 18.  More information here. 


Find information about Superior area events at: 


Wausau Area

WPR Sponsors Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

WPR is a proud sponsor of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.  Regional Manager Rick Reyer will introduce Saturday night's concert
More information here.


Jim Fleming at Dinner for Listeners May 14 

WPR's Central Region Listener Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at the Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau.  Jim Fleming will keynote, giving attendees a peek inside Chapter A Day.    

More information here.


"The Kat Trio" in Minocqua

WPR is a proud media sponsor of "The Kat Trio" on Thursday, May 16 at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua.  Regional Manager Rick Reyer will be in attendance.  More information here.  


Find information about Wausau area events at:


2013 WPR Artist Mug

May 1 One Day Wednesday Pledge Drive

Our fifth annual One Day Wednesday Pledge Drive is coming up on May 1!  You can help ensure a successful drive by making a donation early. 


This drive, we're excited to offer our second-annual WPR artist mug, designed by Wisconsin artist Laura Meddaugh.  It's available now with your pledge of $120. 


Pledge now. 

Register Now for Dinner with Jim Fleming  

You're invited to the 2013 Central Region Listener Dinner.  This year Jim Fleming, host of To The Best of Our Knowledge and one of the voices of Chapter A Day, will serve as keynote speaker.  

Doors open at 5pm, giving you a chance to mingle and enjoy the views from Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau before dinner is served at 6pm.  At 7:30pm Jim will take the stage and share stories from Chapter A Day's history. 


Mike Crane, WPR Director; Rick Reyer, Regional Manager; and Glen Moberg, News Reporter will also be in attendance.


The deadline to sign-up is Monday, April 29. 


Learn more and register here.

From the Top Features Wisconsin Pianist  

NPR's From the Top is a national showcase for some of the best young classical musicians in the country - find it on WPR's News & Classical Music stations each Sunday at 8pm.  The program will feature Wisconsin pianist Ariela Bohrod on May 5.   


Ariela, daughter of WPR's Classics by Request host Ruthanne Bessman, will be finishing her senior year of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan this spring.  She was the winner of the 2011 Bolz Young Artist Competition and was also the winner of the 2011 Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition.


Ariela was recently featured on WPR's The Midday. Listen to that interview and performance in our archives.


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