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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WXPR interview
2:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Burke Questions Gov. Walker's Job Numbers

Mary Burke(D-Wisconsin)
Credit maryburke2014.com

The likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate thinks voters should look at what she says are the real numbers regarding job growth in Wisconsin and not the numbers being used by the current job holder.

In an interview with WXPR, Burke touched on her jobs initiative.."Invest For Success" which she says is based on creating jobs in all parts of the state..

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All age groups promoted
2:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Northwoods Coalition Wants More Immunizations

Polio vaccination in 1957
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A coalition is hoping to increase the number of immunizations across the Northwoods. Northwoods Immunization Coalition formed in 2005 to provide what a spokesperson says is accurate information.

Laurel Dreger at the Vilas County Health Department says county health departments and providers from several Northwoods counties are involved.. The group wants to decrease the vaccine preventable diseases in several age groups..

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More passengers flying out
2:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Harsh Winter Sends Northwoods Residents Flying

Warmer days at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport
Credit www.fly-rhi.org

The long, cold, nasty winter had one positive side effect: more people got on flights out of Rhinelander for warmer places.

That assessment about passenger boarding for the first quarter of 2014 from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport manager Joe Brauer...

"...actually our passenger enplanements are looking good. We're probably up about 20 percent as far as departures out of here, and we're up about 10 percent for people deplaning here at the airport...."

Brauer has a suspicion as to why the numbers were up in the bitter cold season...

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Many local races
4:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's Election Day

Election Day 1922
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The first Tuesday in April brings Wisconsin voters to the polls for the spring election.

There are many local races on the ballot today.

In Forest county, a judge  will be elected between incumbent Leon Stenz and challenger Robert Kennedy, Jr. In White Lake, voters will decide whether to exceed state mandated revenue limits for three more years.

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Fill in two underserved areas
4:44 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Grants Requested To Build More Vilas Co. Broadband

Credit Ben-openclipart.org

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation has applied for a state grant to build more fast internet service.

Barry McLeane manages the Corporation's business incubators and sits on their board. He says they've applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for part of a half-million dollar pool of grant money. They've forged a public-private partnership as he explains...

 

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Exceed state revenue limits
4:24 am
Mon March 31, 2014

White Lake Voters To Decide On School Referendum

One school district in the Northwoods has a referendum on tomorrow's spring ballot Tuesday.

White Lake school district in Langlade county is asking voters to spend $250,000 above the state-imposed cap limits each of the next three years. If approved, that referendum would replace a three-year, $200,000 request approved in 2011.

District Administrator Bill Fisher says voters in the district have a track record of supporting this type of referendum.....

 

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Current, past judges contend
4:19 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Charges, Rebuttals In Hotly Contested Forest Co. Judge Race

Forest Co. courthouse
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The past and current judge would like the next term leading circuit court in Forest and Florence counties.

Incumbent Leon Stenz is being challenged by Robert Kennedy, Jr. whom Stenz defeated in 2008. Kennedy won election in 2002 . Kennedy has been in private practice.

Kennedy says during his term, he made the county more money in revenue than Judge Stenz...

"...I was a better manager"...

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Downtown Revitalization
5:02 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rhinelander Hopeful For USDA Grant For Downtown

Downtown Rhinelander facing east
Credit Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. and the city are in the planning stages for a projected $8 million makeover of the streets and infrastructure downtown within two years. The first bit of funding for the effort might be coming in.

City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they've heard from the Department of Agriculture...

 

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Burmaster named as finalist
4:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nicolet College Trustees Consider Possible Transitional Plan

The Nicolet College Board of Trustees has begun talking about the process they would take should they need to hire a new president.

Nicolet College President Libby Burmaster has been listed as a finalist for the president's position at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. She had been a finalist for the presidency of Edgewood College in Madison. Edgewood College this week announced Dr. Scott Flanagan, a vice-president at the school, as it's president.

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Heroin death in Oneida county
4:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lewis Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Richard Lewis
Credit Oneida Co. Sheriff's Department

A Vilas county man will spend four years in prison for his role in the heroin death of a Rhinelander-area man in 2012.

28 year old Richard Lewis and co-defendant Jennifer Heiting , also of St. Germain, were arrested after the December, 2012 death of David Stahl. Stahl was found dead in a house in the town of Crescent from an overdose. A few weeks later Lewis and Heiting were arrested. Lewis pled guilty to First-Degree Reckless Homicide and drug delivery.

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