Eau Claire (WQOW) - From the fall of Uniroyal, to the new shape of Ship Shape Car Wash, Wisconsin Public Radio has seen a lot change in its 25 years in Eau Claire.
The station, just off West Clairemont by Ship Shape Car Wash, was built in 1990 for about $250,000. On Tuesday, News 18 spoke with their Senior Regional Manager, Dean Kallenbach, who said they've added partners, shows and improved the quality of their programs over the years. He also said radio is just as good as ever, claiming 93% of people over twelve, listen to the radio at least once a week; but while those numbers haven't changed much, the topics covered on the air have.
"The focus was agriculture and heavy industry and this community has changed from that. Agriculture is still an important role, but there are fewer people involved in it, bigger farms and heavy industry, we saw the Uniroyal plant close down you know way back when but this community has changed and it's adapted and adjusted and has found a way to continue to thrive and continue to survive," said Kallenbach.
The Eau Claire location oversees four stations in western Wisconsin.