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.


Rhinelander District Library
7:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Holiday Book Fund Drive Still Underway


Longtime Rhinelander educator and author Ced Vig began a tradition at the Rhinelander District Library and this year marks its 30th anniversary. The tradition began   with Vig donating the first book to the Holiday Book Fund.

Library Foundation member Kari Zambon says since it's beginning, nearly a quarter-million dollars has been raised for book purchases...

"....nearly one in four of the books taken out in the Children's Department are book-plated with the Ced Vig book fund..."

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Barriers set
6:53 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Ice Near Dams Dangerously Thin


As cold as it's been lately, it's hard to think about dangerously thin ice, but Wisconsin Public Service officials are saying near dams, it's true.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says because water is running underneath the ice, the potential exists for thin and dangerous ice near hydroelectric facilities...

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Education first says Chief
3:07 am
Mon January 12, 2015

More Vigorous Enforcement of Cell Phone Ban Possible


Rhinelander is one of a handful of Wisconsin communities that bans cell phone use while driving. That ordinance went into effect last June.

Police Chief Michael Steffes says the department did limited enforcement, focusing initially on getting the word out and educating drivers...

"....between signage, notifying the media and working with the media and giving verbal warnings as officers encounter people on the phone, particularly if they were demonstrating other aspects of inattentive driving..."

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Wide margin in House
4:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Duffy Votes In Favor Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Congressman Sean Duffy(7th-Wisconsin)

A showdown with President Obama is possible, as the House of Representatives approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday(1/9/15) by a 266-153 margin. 28 Democrats joined majority Republicans to pass the measure.

 Earlier, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed the pipeline through that state after a new course away from environmentally sensitive areas was drawn up. The proposed pipeline would first go to Nebraska then south to the Gulf Coast.

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Effort to save energy
6:07 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Northwoods Well Represented In WPS Energy Grants

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Several area organizations have picked up Wisconsin Public Service grant money for helping to save energy as part of the 2014 Energy Challenge.

 Initially, 17 non-profit organizations were challenged with four tasks related to energy efficiency and weatherization during the two months of October and November. Fifteen organizations completed the challenge.

While no area organization made the top three, Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Services says the Northwoods organizations who competed were tasked with some projects...

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Director says it's one possibility
6:01 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Debit Cards Leading To Lower Red Kettle Totals?


The final numbers are in for the 2014 Salvation Army drive in the Northwoods and a change in how people use money might be affecting the totals.

District Representative Tom Bremer says they're noticing a trend at the red kettles that people aren't carrying as much cash as before...

"....the public is changing, using debit cards more and more, so people have less and less cash, so that is something we're going to do some planning about. We'll always be out there doing this, but maybe at some point there may be some sort of credit processing machine..."

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6 of 8 allegations tossed
8:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Walters To Keep Her Job As Oneida Co. VSO

Walters(r) next to her attorney Brian Bennett and a full gallery at the Oneida County Courthouse.
Credit WXPR

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters will keep her job but will  face possible discipline after the full county board rejected firing her.

Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau brought 8 allegations to the board.

The hearing lasted more than 10 hours.

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4:59 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Rhinelander Area Church Group Helps Those In Need


People in need of assistance often turn toward local churches, and a collaborative of churches in the Rhinelander area have been working together to assist those needing help over the last two years. The group is called ACES, or Association of Churches for Emergency Support.

Carol Miller is an ACES  spokesperson. She says the idea arose after several churches noticed people in need calling all the churches in the area...

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Pets too
4:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Official: Don't Take Chances In The Cold


Dangerously cold weather has returned to the Northwoods and a state Emergency Management official says you shouldn't take the extreme cold for granted.

The National Weather Service says  wind chill indices in the 35 to 45 below range are likely by Wednesday morning. Frostbite on exposed skin could happen in as little as 15 minutes..

Division of Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard says being safe and warm isn't always fashionable...

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Found in Vilas county
4:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oshkosh Woman Died Of Natural Causes: Sheriff


No foul play is suspected in the death last Friday(1/2/2015) of an Oshkosh woman found naked in downtown Presque Isle.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath reports pending lab and toxicology reports, the death of 61 year old Corrine Gerster of Oshkosh was from natural causes. Fath says no foul play is suspected.

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