Ken Krall

News Director

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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 15 years.


The sentencing for the 18 year old Rhinelander area girl charged with killing her parents at their home in the town of Piehl in March of 2015 is going on today in Oneida County Court.

Ashlee Martinson was found guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Intentional Homicide after entering into a plea bargain. T

he bodies of  step-father Thomas Ayers and his wife Jennifer were found in the home and other children were left in the home.

A Northwoods Democrat thinks deep budget cuts placed on the UW system during the last budget cycle will come home to roost on student tuition beginning this fall.

25th District State Senator Janey Bewley of Delta, whose district includes parts of Vilas, Iron and Price counties, says the recent news that the UW system said it would raise fees came as no surprise to her....

Nicolet Area Technical College

Last fall, Nicolet College announced the "Nicolet Promise", which enables qualifying Northwoods students to attend the college tuition free starting this fall. At the time, Nicolet President Dr. Richard Nelson said the promise means the Nicolet College Foundation will pick up the entire balance of tuition and fees that remain after state and federal grants have been applied to students accounts.

Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says the initial offering has found many takers..

An avid Northwoods bicyclist says education is key for anyone using the road to understand and respect the rights of all when on the road. This week five bicyclists were killed, four others injured in Kalamazoo, Michigan when a pickup truck slammed into a group of riders. A driver has been taken into custody.

Mark Nienstaedt of Rhinelander says motorists and bicyclists respect the rights each has...

A former Oneida County Circuit Court Judge has been named to the newly created state Ethics Commission.

Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Judge Robert Kinney to the newly created commission along with Judge Mac Davis. Davis is the Legislature’s majority party nominee, and Kinney is the minority party nominee.

The number of people seeking help through a problem gambling hotline is holding at about the same number as one year ago.

Rose Gruber is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council On Problem Gambling headquartered in Green Bay. The council began in 1993. People who find they might be spending more than they can afford call a toll-free number or go online to find help in quitting what is recognized as an addiction.

Gruber says a large number of calls continue to come in....

Two northern Wisconsin legislators have unveiled a proposal they say is designed to protect homeonwers rights. State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake Wednesday presented the "Homeowners Bill of Rights".

Tiffany says the goal is to give homeowners more protection....

Father's Day, June 19, Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation is presenting the Blue Canvas Orchestra in Concert at Dillman's Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau. WXPR is a co-sponsor of the event. The Blue Canvas Orchestra is a weekly musical feature of "Tent Show Radio" heard Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. on WXPR. Ken Krall talks to a person who is inviting the public to come and enjoy...

Ken Krall with Dennis Robertson from Dillmans' Creative Arts Foundation. This feature was mixed by WXPR's Mackenzie Martin.

While temperatures over the next few days shouldn't be much of a concern, the state Division of Emergency Management and Governor Scott Walker has declared Thursday, June 9 as Heat Awareness Day.

Officials say heat can kill. Heat Stroke and Exhaustion result from a combination of personal factors and high temperatures to create what can be a life-threatening situation.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says common sense goes a long way on hot days....

A meeting is set for next week for the DNR to update the public about Wisconsin's wolf population. DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland says they will release information gathered during 2015 -2016 about wolf populations...

"'s open to the public and it's an informational meeting. We encourage anyone with an interest in wolves and wolf management to come and listen to the information that is provided...."

MacFarland says they will share the data gathered...


A couple of roadside invasive species are beginning to show up in the Northwoods.

While attractive, Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator Cathy Higley says be wary of Big Leaf Lupine and Smooth Bedstraw...

"....that is one you'll see blooming down the right-of-ways during the next couple of weeks. That is not a regulated plant by the DNR. That one is being sold. It's beautiful, it's showy, kind of hardy...."

AAA Wisconsin is out with a new website designed to help travelers compare gas prices as they travel.  is a type of one-stop shop for consumers says AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz....

"....that can be used by either the media or consumers to check out what the average prices are in their area and compare it to the averages from previous days, previous weeks, a month up to a year ago...."

Jarmusz gives an example...

State of Wisconsin

Over the weekend, Northwoods Democrats gathered in Rhinelander for a rally to set a political map for the fall elections after the state Democratic convention late last week. Keynote speaker in Rhinelander was State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma. As lawmakers gather in Madison to begin preliminary work on the next state budget, Vinehout is out with what she calls an 'alternative budget' that sets different priorities than the majority Republicans. Two of them are education and transportation.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Senator Vinehout about her budget plan..

With more than 100 people present, the Presque Isle town board Thursday rejected changing local zoning rules to make way for a water bottling plant.

Businessman Trig Solberg and partners wanted to build the plant at the corner of Vilas county road "B" and "W", near Carlin Lake.

The proposal had been met with sizeable resistence, first at a recent planning committee meeting, then at Thursday's town board meeting. Supporters of the project felt it would bring jobs, but opponents felt it was a danger to Carlin Lake and would change the makeup of the community.

AAA Wisconsin is beginning an effort to alert drivers to what they call the "100 deadliest days".

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study says nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise among teen drivers.

AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says the summer months are among the most deadly...