WXPR Launches New Radio Features Project Highlighting Local Stories

May 16, 2018

WXPR is pleased to announce the launch of a new radio features project, entitled Northwoods Stories. The Northwoods of Wisconsin is one of the most unique destinations in the Midwest and thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, WXPR will have an opportunity to highlight stories that celebrate the local people and places that make our Northwoods culture so unique. 

“Telling stories of the people and places where we live is an essential part of the WXPR mission and provides a valuable service to our listeners,” says Jessie Dick, Station Manager. “There simply aren’t any radio stations doing work like this in northern Wisconsin and there are beautiful stories from this region that are not being heard. Our goal is to produce sound-rich, character-driven stories that make people think more deeply about the Northwoods experience and connect them to parts of the Northwoods they’re not familiar with.”

Northwoods Stories will highlight artists, poets, writers, philanthropists, and long-time business owners in Northwoods communities. Stories will also dive into themes relating to quality of life.

"What better way to share the rich diversity of people, history, traditions and cultures of the northwoods than through audio stories?” says Dena Wortzel, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. “The WHC is delighted to support WXPR's efforts and we look forward to helping get the stories heard statewide!"

Northwoods Stories will air during local news programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, beginning in May. They will also be posted on the WXPR website and the “WXPR Local Features” podcast.

About the Wisconsin Humanities Council
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is a leading statewide resource for librarians, teachers, museum educators and civic leaders, who drive entertaining and informative programs using history, culture and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone. The Wisconsin Humanities Council also awards more than $175,000 a year over seven rounds of grants to local organizations piloting humanities programming. For more information on Wisconsin Humanities Council, visit  www.wisconsinhumanities.org or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WisconsinHumanitiesCouncil or Twitter @WiHumanities.