Ken Krall

News Director

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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Rhinelander rally
5:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Labor Supporters March Against Right To Work Bill

Marching in Rhinelander Thursday
Credit WXPR

About two-dozen picketers took to the streets of Rhinelander Thursday to protest the Right To Work measures moving through the Wisconsin legislature.

Speakers at the rally felt the bills would largely set Wisconsin on a path to lower wages, benefits and working conditions. The state Senate passed the bill largely along party lines with Republican Jerry Petrowski joining 14 Democrats opposed to the bill.

Kevin Koth is a union officer at the PCA Tomahawk Mill...

 

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Long time WXPR underwriters
3:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Northwoods Furniture Gallery Owners Enjoy Northwoods

We're taking a moment to highlight one of WXPR's long time underwriters, Northwoods Furniture in Eagle River, with a gallery on Highway 45 south and and outlet on Highway 70 west. The business is owned by Allen and Karen Jung. Ken Krall tells us their story...

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Practiced in Rhinelander in 1935
2:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhinelander To Invite Packers To Honor 80th Anniversary

80 years later a city park.
Credit WXPR

A Rhinelander city committee is asking the Green Bay Packers to join in a ceremony this summer noting the 80th anniversary of the Packers practicing at Sarocka Field.

The Historic Preservation Commission is planning to have a ceremony at the field this August. In 1935, Packer founder and coach Curly Lambeau and the team practiced at the field for a week, staying at the Pinewood Lodge on Lake Thompson east of Rhinelander.

Dawn Rog chairs the Commission. They're drafting a letter to the Packers asking the team to be a part of the ceremony...

 

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Refinery problems
2:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Gas Prices To Rise "Sharply" In The Next Week

A gas refinery
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The pleasure of $2.00 a gallon gasoline has left and an energy specialist thinks prices will be going up sharply in the next few days.

Wisconsin's price is at $2.29 up about two cents from last week, and with wholesale prices going up, prices are expected to go up at least another nickel in the next week.

Patrick DeHaan from the website gasbuddy. com says even though there's plenty of oil in the U.S., refineries are providing a type of bottleneck...

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League of Women Voters
3:37 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Website Helps Voters Find Out Information On Races

Credit League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is inviting the public to look at what is termed a "one stop shop" for the April 7 election. A more complete "Voters Guide" is expected to be available by mid-March.

Called "Vote411.org", the site will have a variety of information about the candidates for town and school board races in the Northwoods..says the League's local president Yolan Mistele...

 

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Goal in north: more deer
3:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

NRB Approves Deer Population Goals

On the alert
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state Natural Resources Board has approved deer population objectives in each county for a three-year period, with the area roughly north of Highway 64 approved for increased deer populations.

These objectives are the result of collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and newly formed County Deer Advisory Councils, and will be reviewed on a recurring three-year basis.

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Featuring long time WXPR underwriters
12:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

First National Bank Of Eagle River Continues Tradition

 

 

We're taking a few minutes to highlight one of WXPR's long time underwriters, First National Bank of Eagle River, with branches in Three Lakes and St. Germain. Ken Krall has more...

 

 

 

Director of Marketing Theresa Sullivan says the history of the bank is one of always being family owned with a community focus at all branches in the Northwoods...

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Ice pack lessening
5:04 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Wind Plays Havoc With Possible Ice Caves Opening

Lake Superior ice cover 2/24/2015
Credit NOAA

During the brutal winter last season, about 138,000 visitors went to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves near Bayfield after the ice became thick enough to safely allow walkers to the island caves. While it looked like conditions over the weekend were again favorable, a National Park Service employee says stay tuned.

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Long time investigation
4:16 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

No Charges Filed in VC Sheriff's Investigation Into Landfill Venture Group

A meeting next week in closed session in Eagle River will discuss  a years-long investigation by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department into some operations of the Highway "G" landfill near Eagle River.

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Most people have little vegetables and fruit
4:30 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Grant Gives Chance To Teach Young People About Health Food

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

A group dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Northwoods says grant money is available for schools, afterschool programs and summer programs to increase awareness of good food nutrition.

Northwoods LEAN(Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is accepting grant applications. Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the grants are awarded within Oneida and Vilas counties. She says Garden Based Nutrition is designed to give students more access to fresh fruits and vegetables...

 

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