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.


Downtown Rhinelander
3:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

All 'Eyes' On The Potato This Weekend

A tuber, but not a musical instrument
Credit Hans-Pixabay

When you think of the Northwoods you conjure up images of trees and lakes, but how about the common potato?....

"....we get asked the question often, 'why potatoes?', well, first of all Wisconsin is ranked third nationally in the potato industry. We have a strong presence here in the Northwoods with research stations in Starks and Harshaw. A lot of potato products originate from here...."

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Phone calls threatening action
3:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Vilas Officials Warn Of New IRS Scam


Vilas county residents have been getting phone calls from scammers and an official says hang up and call law enforcement.

Lieutenant Carl Gauger from the Sheriff's Department outlines what residents have been receiving...

"....they usually ask for a person by name. It's frequently just the first name. When they get that person on the phone, they advise them they are in deep trouble for not paying their taxes and they have to pay now or they're going to be arrested or prosecuted...."

Lt. Gauger says that is not how law enforcement does business...

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One car crash
4:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Woman Killed Near Merrill Tuesday Identified

Authorities have released the name of a person killed Tuesday on Lincoln county road "G" near Merrill.

The Sheriff's Department reports 30 year old Jamie L. Berna of Wausau died in the one-vehicle accident near French Ridge Road.

Berna was eastbound on "G" when her vehicle left the road and hit a stump.

A passerby found the accident scene about 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Berna was dead at the scene. Pine River emergency departments also responded.

Deferred prosecution if meets conditions
2:18 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Road Rage Suspect Enters No Contest Plea

Michael Schettino
Credit Oneida County

A Woodruff man accused of pointing a gun during what was described as a 'road  rage' incident has a chance to have charges against him dropped if he follows court guidelines.

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Local jail with many conditions
2:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Woman Avoids State Prison Time For Homicide

Credit Forest County

A Wausau woman charged with allegedly running over a child in a driveway has avoided prison time but will spend time in local jail. But she has to follow strict guidelines or go to prison.

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Business & Industry
3:38 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Leadership Oneida County Deadline Application Nears


A program that has graduated people trained to be the next generation of Northwoods has a deadline this week for the next class.
Leadership Oneida County began in  the fall of 2008 and has kept its format of a nine-month  course. It's designed to show participants what the county has as assets and where they could fit in as a leader.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is one of the sponsors. Director Dana DeMet says the idea is to bring out the next generation of leaders...

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Disagreement on ruling
12:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

DNR Denies WPS Request For Looser Mercury Levels

Weston 4

An environmental group is applauding a DNR decision this week to deny an exception to pollution standards at the coal-fired WPS power plant at Weston.

But WPS officials are saying  all they want is what other industries are being held to by federal law.

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September 16 Stevens Point
10:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Employers, Job Seekers Invited To State Career Expo


Employers looking for help and job hunters looking for work are invited to a large career expo in Stevens Point next month.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson announced the fair last week. Newson says it will be the first in central Wisconsin.

Kristine Porter is the District Director of Workforce Development based in Wausau....

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5:12 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Football Season Could Lead To More Problem Gambling

Credit es,

The upcoming football season is often a time when the amount of gambling rises. It also hightlights a time when people who are having trouble controlling their betting call for help.

Rose Gruber is Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. She says the small-time office pool betting usually isn't a problem, but it can develop into a problem...

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Board meeting in Phelps
5:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Key Meeting Tonight Concerning VC ATV Referendum


Tonight the Vilas County Board will debate how to approach a move to open county roads and land to All-Terrain Vehicles.

Last month before a packed house at the Arbor Vitae town hall, the board altered a nearly ten-year old land use plan banning ATV's on county roads and property to allow for them in land use planning.

But a resolution before the board tonight(8/26) will ask for another advisory referendum to be held November 4 with the straightforward question "Shall ATVs/UTVs be permitted to operate on Vilas County-owned lands and roadways?"

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