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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The Digital Current
10:13 am
Thu May 23, 2013

OC Board Gets Techology Lesson

More arriving everyday
Credit Google Images

The Oneida County Board has seen the future, if it already isn't the present.


UW-Extension Community Resource Development Agent Tim Brown and businessman Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes presented board with what high-speed internet, or broadband will mean when fully implemented.


Rural residents have been lobbying for access to fast internet to help business and public agencies compete in an interconnected world.


At a special meeting Wednesday, Sidlowski and Brown showed the board why broadband should be a priority. Don Sidlowski...

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Finishes in top 10
9:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Minocqua Student A Finalist at Nat-Geo

A Minocqua seventh-grader fell short Wednesday of winning one of the top two spots in the National Geographic Bee.


13-year-old Asha Jain was among 10 finalists competing in Washington. The winner was 12-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Plainville Massachusetts.

Initial claims down
9:50 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Northwoods Unemployment Remains Above Average

Jobless numbers remain at or near 10 percent for much of the Northwoods but a state economist says one trend could be improving news.


The Department of Workforce Development jobless numbers include April unemployment numbers of 14.1 percent in Iron county, second highest in the state. Vilas was third at 12.3 percent, Forest was sixth highest at 10.9 percent, Oneida county was ninth highest at 10.3 percent, Lincoln and Langlade counties had rates of 9.7 and 9.6 percent respectively.

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Many could lose health coverage
5:13 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

OC Board Asks State To Get Fed Medicaid Money

The Oneida County Board has asked the Wisconsin legislature to accept federal Medicaid funds to continue BadgerCare. Governor Walker and Republican leaders have indicated they don't want the money.


Several speakers told the board accepting the money would hurt more than help.


A Board of Health Member...Jackie Cody...says 88,000 parents would be without health coverage from BadgerCare if the money is not accepted. The program does require a payment to be in it...

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Good News For Local Economy
5:10 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Rhinelander, Mosinee Paper Mills sold

Lifejackets save lives
7:45 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Safe Boating Week Begins With Deadly Cold Water

Lifejackets save lives-DNR
Credit Flickr

The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.


DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....



"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."

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Three years of negotiations
5:14 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Oneida Comprehensive Plan Approved

After three years of sometimes bumpy negotiations, Oneida county's Comprehensive Planning Oversight committee Friday finished work.


State government requires each county to have an updated plan in place. The plan looks at population, the economy, the land and waters and several other factors that work toward helping a community make sense.

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Destroys 8,000 acres
5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

DNR Says Big Fire An Accident

DNR law enforcement officials have identified the owner of the land where the Germann Road Fire originated as well as the logging operation responsible for unintentionally igniting the fire.


On Tuesday, May 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a nearly 8,000 acre wildfire devastated the Townships of Gordon and Highland in Douglas County. Forty-seven structures were lost; 17 of those were homes. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The fire burned a swath more than 9 miles long and a mile and a half wide.

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May is Water Safety Month
3:54 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Swim Lessons, Life Jackets Save Lives

Early swim lessons
Credit YMCA of the Northwoods

May is Water Safety Month.


The Head Swim Instructor at the YMCA of the Northwoods Karen Fiocchi says it's a good time to learn to swim and think safety.


Fiocchi says learning to swim and wearing life jackets in a boat are the best ways to prevent drowning...

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Large scale ring busted
3:39 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Suspects Charged In Burglary Ring, Oneida, Other Counties

Criminal charges have been filed against two men, Daniel Frausto, currently at the Dodge Correctional Institute in Waupun, and Robert Miles of Red Granite, suspected of operating a burglary ring spanning twelve counties, including Oneida, Oconto, Portage and Shawano counties..


Frausto and Miles have been charged in several counties In addition, charges are expected to be filed against others under a cooperation agreement.

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