Arts & Life

Remember all the way back to last spring when you received those sunflower seeds as our thanks for pledging to WXPR?

Well it’s time to see how they are growing!

Enter the WXPR Sunflower Photo Contest and you could win tickets to our upcoming concert series, plus a WXPR hat, mug, bag and shirt.

Join us for a "WXPR Party Under the Big Top" Saturday, September 10th at Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, WI.

The beloved house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, opens the night with rollicking renditions of some of our favorite songs, illuminated by big screen images. Then author, humorist and host of Tent Show Radio, Michael Perry delivers his hilarious tales of rural Wisconsin life.

The WXPR group will gather before the show in the VIP Tent at 6pm, then move under the Big Top for the performance at 7pm.

Pete Rondello

A large mural was unveiled Saturday in Boulder Junction as part of the 60th Annual Muskie Jamboree.

Artist Joan Christgau portrayed the four season activities and life in Boulder Junction.

The mural is on the west side of the Badger Heating and Air Conditioning building. The project was coordinated by the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.

ArtStart Rhinelander and WXPR have partnered to bring The Lowest Pair to ArtStart in an intimate, house concert setting. Banjo riffs, timeless folk and country influences, and haunting vocals are what this Minneapolis-based duo, Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are all about!

Join us at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander, or tune in to WXPR at 7PM to listen to the live broadcast.

By donation, all $$ go to the musicians! Cash bar

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Tuesday, August 9th, at 6pm for a special live broadcast of Dream Farm Radio, featuring host Julie Lavender and musician Kim Richmond.

More on Dream Farm Radio

Don't miss this unique Live from the White Pine performance, in the convenience of your own home! We also have a limited number of complimentary seats for this performance. Contact WXPR for information on reserving tickets. 715-362-6000

91.7 fm Rhinelander    91.9 fm Wausau   100.9 fm Ironwood/Hurley

Make plans to attend the Wabeno Art and Music fest this Saturday for a day of art, music, and fun for the whole family.

The event runs from 10am to 10pm in downtown Wabeno and features live music on three stages, a fine art auction, art activities for kids and more. Friends of Wabeno Chairperson, Mary Beck says there will be multiple stages of music, including a stage for emerging artists.

Anna Catlin talked with Pokemon Go fans to see what makes the smartphone app so wildly popular. You’ll hear from a variety of generations and what they think about the world-wide phenomenon.

Northwoods Girl Takes a Stand for Love

Aug 1, 2016
Rhinelander Police Department

  A Northwoods girl is taking a stand against hate crimes across the country and is proposing a delicious country wide campaign for love. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Angela says she’s not sure when her next lemonade stand will be, but says she’s looking forward to her next one. She says people should drive by Davenport Estates just in case she's on duty.

WXPR's Mackenzie Martin chats with singer songwriter, Krista Detor. Detor will be performing at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts on July 30th.

Eagle River Celebrates Grand Opening of Business Incubator

Jul 29, 2016

  The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is celebrating the grand opening of a new business incubator in Eagle River this weekend.

The Vilas County Business Incubators have paved the way for locals to start businesses at a low cost to promote economic growth and employment opportunities in the Northwoods, and a former bulk foods store in Eagle River is now the hub for creative business start ups.

Project manager Barry McLeane talks about the new incubator…

Officials say Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.

Those figures are the backdrop as a local chapter is asking for teams to gather and participate in this fall's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rhinelander.

This week is the beginning of a new series of features with Anna Catlin. In tonight’s feature she takes to the streets of Rhinelander to talk to visitors and residents about their method of listening to music

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hosting a film Thursday that examines the American Dream.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods spokesperson Jane Trotter says the League has two goals: voter registration and access and education. She says presenting the documentary 'Dream On' falls into the education portion of the mission. Trotter says the film will be released in theaters this fall, but the producers approached the group about an early free screening.

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

A new voice will be added to WXPR's airwaves soon.

Scott Bowe has taken over Tom Steele's position as Superintendent of Kemp Natural Resources Station, and he's  taking over Steele's spot for the monthly saga Field Notes. Bowe stopped by the studios last week to record his first episode. Miranda Vander Leest caught up with Bowe about his new on-air and off-air duties. 

Tune in Tuesday, July 12 at 7:45 and 5:45 for Scott Bowe's first episode of WXPR's monthly commentary Field Notes.