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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Seven state providers
12:19 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Health Collaboration Picks New Name: abouthealth

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A new name for a collaboration among the state's leading health care systems. Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gunderson Health System, ProHealth Care , ThedaCare and UW Health announced they have put a name on a recent partnership.

"about health" was picked as the new name. The organizations agreed in October to work together but hadn't put a headline name on the effort.

Aspirus President and  CEO Matthew Heywood says the idea is to work together...

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Donate to community
9:28 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Post Grants WXPR On "Giving Tuesday"

Ken Krall receiving a check from Post 3143
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The Ray Rousseau VFW Post 3143 in Rhinelander Tuesday night handed out checks to 25 Rhinelander-area non-profits.

WXPR was one of the  non-profits receiving a check.

Post spokesperson Ralph Larson said the proceeds for the checks come from the Post's bingo night. More than $8,000 was distributed Tuesday evening.

Our thanks to Post 3143 for including WXPR and the other non-profits.

Ken Krall
Interim Station Manager

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Different types of illness in Northwoods
4:59 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Easy Way To Protect Against The Flu: Water and Soap

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No doubt you've heard of folks in the Northwoods who have been experiencing an outbreak of colds, flu and in some cases digestive problems. Perhaps you've been sick recently. The easiest way to reduce your chances of getting sick can be as easy as washing your hands.

Oneida County Health Department Specialist Marta Koelling talks about an easy prevention technique...

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More rural transportation options
4:50 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Northwoods Transit Commission Forms

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A  group met Tuesday in Rhinelander and from that meeting could spring more transportation options for the Northwoods.

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Cooperative's Annual Meeting
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Forestry Conference To Discuss Conservation Economics

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Partners In Forestry Landowner Cooperative is having its annual meeting Saturday in Boulder Junction. 

  Part of the meeting will be a session open to the public discussion on the Economics of Land Conservation. Ken Krall spoke to Director Joe Hovel about some topics during the public session.

The Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative meeting is Saturday at the Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. You can contact Hovel at 715-479-8528 or the Partners In Forestry website for more information.

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Expert: Too good to be true? It is
5:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Means Cyber Crooks Out In Force

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Marketers found as the Internet grew in popularity that the first Monday after what had been coined as 'Black Friday', there was a large increase in sales. The day was termed "Cyber Monday".

A consumer advocate for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Sandy Chalmers, says this is prime time for cyber crooks. She says they tend to be very aggressive and creative this time of the year because they know consumers are in a buying mood.....

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Income dropping since 1970's
4:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Farmer's Take Of Holiday Food Continues To Drop

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While Americans enjoy feasting on the bounty from  farmers in this country and other nations, an agri-business lobby spokesperson says American farmers aren't reaping big financial rewards.
Amy Eckelberg from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau says a decades long decline in farmer's income continues...

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Ambitious goal
4:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Vilas Salvation Army Sets Ambitious Goal

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An ambitious goal has been set for the Salvation Army bell ringers in Vilas county this holiday season.
Committee co-chair Christine Caz says  a successful year last year led to a higher goal...

"...we have a very ambitious goal. Last year it was $44,000 and we did meet that goal. This we thought, 'why not?' and shoot for the sky and stretch goals, so we set ($50,000). ...86 cents of every dollar that someone gives stay right here in Vilas county...."

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State consumer advocate
4:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Read Coupons Fine Print During Black Friday Shopping

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Too good to be true? That's the question shoppers should ask says a consumer expert if what you see in an advertisement or coupon doesn't match what a store is offering on Black Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving has evolved into a type of shopping Mardi Gras which leads  D.A.T.C.A.P.'S Sandy Chalmers to tell consumers to bring an ad or coupon with them to the store. She says that way if something doesn't match up you have proof to talk to the cashier or store manager...

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Annual Farm Bureau survey
4:35 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Costs A Little More But Less Than Drive-thru?

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When you finish your Thanksgiving meal you might ask, 'why did I eat so much?', but a state Farm Bureau spokesperson says the cost shouldn't give you additional pain.

Amy Eckelberg says they survey 12 items usually thought of on a traditional Thanksgiving table.  A 16 pound  turkey costs about a dollar more than last year. Pumpkin pie mix is up about 35 cents, and sweet potatoes are up 50 cents, but rolls are down 25 cents and a relish tray costs about as much as last year, among other items.

Eckelberg says dairy costs rose the sharpest...

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