Hats Off To Couple’s $30,000 Donation For Coloma Public Radio Station!
I have a strong conviction about Wisconsin Public Radio, and NPR. As such I am delighted with the news about a large donation to expand WPR for Coloma, and the surrounding area. As a boy growing up in Hancock (banner on this blog is an old photo of my town) I was frustrated by the powering down of the WPR station from Auburndale each evening. With the expansion of WPR in the Coloma area radio listeners will have more access to all the programming they have come to appreciate. Wisconsin is a better place on the radio dial with the programming that one can hear every day of the week from WPR. Some like to bash public radio, but education and fine music make for more enlightened citizens. As such CP gives a round of applause to Bill and Pat Wilde of Wisconsin Dells. They are my kind of people. Thank you very much for your incredible and thoughtful donation!
A Wisconsin Dells couple wants Wisconsin Public Radio to expand and gave a $30,000 gift to make that happen.
Bill and Pat Wilde of Wisconsin Dells “absolutely love WPR,” Pat said, so they made the donation to support building a new Wisconsin Public Radio station to serve central Wisconsin. She said that since she and her husband arrived in the Dells 14 years ago, they have been fans of Wisconsin Public Radio with its classical music, unbiased reports, political discussions, pharmacy program and information on a variety of subjects.
The radio station, WHAA 89.1 FM, which will broadcast WPR’s Ideas Network, featuring issues-based call-in talk and information programming, will be located in the Town of Coloma, but it’s address will be Adams.
WHA Regional Programming Director Rick Reyer said, “Since Wisconsin Public Radio began the Ideas Network in 1990, central Wisconsin has been without a full-time radio signal for this network. It has been my goal to make this happen.” The signals receive from current stations carrying the Ideas Network go low powered from sundown to dawn, and Reyer said area residents have been asking for a 24/7 ideas network station.