Ken Krall

News Director - Interim Station Manager

Ken has been  News Director at WXPR since 2000. This is his second stint with the station, having served as Operations Manager and Morning Edition host from 1987-1995.

A 1976 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, he has served in a variety of roles in radio including sports play-by-play, sales, Program Director along with an extensive background in news. Ken has also worked as an assignment editor in a TV newsroom and as a city reporter for a local newspaper.

A passion of his is the WXPR Saturday morning polka show which he brought back to the air in 1989. He loves many styles of music, especially those that DON'T include a guitar.

A native of Antigo, he likes to birdwatch, fish and read and hopes to someday publish a book he's had in his computer for 12 years.

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Age appropriate choices
3:52 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Watch Out For Unsafe Christmas Toys

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Health officials are cautioning parents to think about the safety aspects of the toy you purchase for children.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says make sure you buy age appropriate toys and that the toys have been tested so it meets safety standards. She says be especially careful concerning toys for the youngest children...

"....anything that can be swallowed or have pieces that can come off and be swallowed and therefore be a choking hazard. Balloons are not good either. because when they pop they become small and become a choking hazard...."

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Replaces Diesel
3:40 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State Urges More Compressed Natural Gas Use

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The state is hoping to attract truckers and others using Diesel fuel to an alternative: compressed natural gas.

"....a very clean, affordable fuel. It's terrific for business owners because it lowers their fuel costs by fifty percent..."

That's State Energy Office spokesperson Stephanie Marquis talking about CNG.

She says there's also another key benefit...

".....it's a very clean, affordable fuel. It's terrific for business owners because it lowers their fuel costs by about 50 percent...."

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Hosted classical programs
10:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

WXPR Classical Host Harry Marshall Dies

Harry Marshall
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WXPR classical music host Harry Marshall, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wi.

Harry hosted WXPR's "Midday Classics" and "Classics By Request" beginning in 2013.

Harry was a resident of Woodcock Lake in Lake Tomahawk, and a member of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Minocqua.  He also volunteered at St. Matthias’ Thrift Shop.

Harry was a much-loved member of the WXPR volunteers. His love of classical music and opera was deeply respected.

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Wetlands still unfrozen
5:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Many Northwoods Snowmo Trails Remain Closed

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Snowmobile trails in Vilas county remain open but travel on them is not advised, other counties remain closed.

Oneida county trails remain closed according to a message from the Oneida County Forestry Department.

In Forest county, Forestry/Parks Administrator David Ziolkowski says those trails also are closed. He says the wetlands remain unfrozen...

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Lead Northwoods hospitals
5:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hilt Moves To Fox Valley Hospital

Monica Hilt
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The past President of Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital has been named as leader of several Fox Valley Ministry Health Care facilities.

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Weekend format
5:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

SOA at Rhinelander To Change Format In 2015

SOA Director Lynn Tarnoff
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A change in format for School of the Arts at Rhinelander. Director Lynn Tarnoff announced the 2015 program will run Friday through Sunday July 17 through the 19 only. Previously the program had run a week.

Tarnoff says a key reason is what appears to be a changing lifestyle of participants, geared more toward a weekend format...

"....we looked at the change in our attendee and with the success of adding the weekend option only we have some growing interest for a weekend program versus a five day..."

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Work at embassies
4:55 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Brown To Leave UW-Extension For U.S. Service

Tim Brown
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Oneida County UW-Extension is losing two members as one of them has been hired to by the State Department to work in U.S. embassies overseas.

Community Resource Development agent  and department co-chair Tim Brown and his spouse, Kim Brown will be leaving next month. Kim Brown is  coordinator of Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade counties.

Tim Brown talks about his new job...

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Referendum suggested
4:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

County Asks Kwik-Trip For More Time On Land Purchase

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Oneida county is asking Kwik-Trip for an extension until May 1 concerning a major property purchase on Rhinelander's west side.

In special session Tuesday, the board asked for the extension concerning relocating the Highway Department shops to county land near the Highway 8 bypass.

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New website
4:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

U.P. Residents Can Find Heating Help Online

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Upper Peninsula residents looking for help paying utility bills or heating homes have a central source to go to for help.

The Michigan Propane Gas Association has put together a non-profit website at heatingmyhome. org that has agencies and places residents can find help.

Spokesperson Joe Ross says after the brutally cold winter last year, this type of "one stop shop" was needed....

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Distance learning
4:29 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Nicolet College To Debut "telepresence"

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Imagine being able to interact with students in classrooms far away from where you are, yet still have the feeling you are in the room with them.

That's what a new program through Nicolet College will do when it begins next month.

It's a new type of distance learning technology called "telepresence". Dean of Business and Instructional Effectiveness, Chuck Komp,  says the experience is 'amazing', but the real benefit is cutting down on travel time and costs for students. Here's how it works...

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