Music rocks River Prairie Event Center

WEAU – Nov 3, 2017

Music flowed from the River Prairie Center as it hosted its first concert in the building. The inaugural River Prairie Revelry concert took place Friday night in Altoona. Local musicians took center stage including The Eggplant Heroes and The Rattlenecks. Around 150 people were expected at Friday’s concert which supported UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Radio. Organizers say they hope to bring more concerts to the venue. (Watch)

River Prairie Event Center Hosts First Ever Concert

Emily Kinzel – Nov 1, 2017

The Chippewa Valley is proud of our local music talents, and Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat couldn’t agree more. “Part of the greater Prairie vision, music has always been an integral part,” he said. The River Prairie Center is hosting its very own and very first concert, River Prairie Revelry, on Friday, Nov. 3. Marrying their sponsor Northwestern Bank with the musical know-how of Blugold Radio, The River Prairie Revelry invites all who enjoy live performances, a refreshing beer, and mobile sustenance from local food trucks for a concert by Caitlin McGarvey, Eggplant Heroes, Nici Peper, and The Rattlenecks. (Read More)

Hearing Our Heritage

Marie Anthony – Sept 20, 2017

My coffee hadn’t yet hit my bloodstream. I wasn’t fully prepared for such a fountain of energy at 8 on a Monday morning, but Dr. Daniel Ott’s enthusiasm was more of a boost than even Starbucks provides. Ott clearly has a passion for what he does. In his second year as visiting assistant professor of history at UW-Eau Claire he knew he wanted to get his students involved in oral history. Oral history is of utmost importance to the preservation of the memories and people who are and were a part of our community. However, exploring Eau Claire’s music history wasn’t Ott’s initial plan. The idea to focus a project on Eau Claire’s music scene actually came from UW-Eau Claire’s archivist, Greg Kocken.
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Haymarket Landing Patio Concert

Micah Davis – Sept 16, 2017

Tickets sold out in just 20 minutes for the Haymarket Landing Patio Concert. “Hey Eau Claire, thanks for coming out! This is the first Confluence Arts Center event,” said Kevin Miller, Director for the Confluence Arts Center as he welcomed the crowd. “Focusing on local music and showcasing how that will have a real home in the CAC,” adds Scott Morfitt, Station Manager for BluGold Radio. (Read More)

UW-Eau Claire hosts Prince tribute concert

 Amanda Tyler – Sept 15, 2017

Popular songs like Purple Rain and Little Corvette filled Schofield Hall’s auditorium on UW-Eau Claire’s campus Friday night. The tribute concert is part of a two-day event hosted by Blugold radio. (Watch Video)

Two of Prince’s guitars now on display at  UW-Eau Claire

Stephanie Olson – Sept 14, 2017

Two guitars from Prince’s personal collection are currently at Blugold Radio on the UWEC campus. It’s all because of the Prince tribute concert happening Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield auditorium. (Watch Video)

Prince’s guitars featured at UW-Eau Claire

Camille Walter – Sept 14, 2017

Attention all Prince fans, the legend’s most prized possessions are “raining” down in the Chippewa Valley area, and you have the chance to see them. Two of Prince’s guitars are on display at UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Radio Station until 5 p.m. on Friday. (Watch Video)

Blugold Radio parties it up with Prince

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Clara Neupurt – Sept 12, 2017

The folks at Blugold Radio are ready to party like it’s 1999 — and every Eau Claire student, facility and community member can join them. Blugold Radio is hosting Partyup, a Prince tribute concert to coincide with their studio’s grand opening complete with guitar displays and demos. (Read More)

Blugold Radio Presents: Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers + Chamber Noise + Sleeping Jesus

Lee Butterworth – Sept 11, 2017

Nick Anderson plays reflective music that digs deep into the emotion of the millennial dreamer. He was joined at Toy Car Studios on Saturday, Sept. 9 by Chamber Noise, a brand new Eau Claire psych/rock band, and Sleeping Jesus, an indie-rock outfit from Winona, Minn. (See Photos)

Blugold Radio’s grand opening Sept. 14-15 to feature guitars from Prince’s collection

UWEC – Sept 8, 2017

You might call it a grand opening fit for a king, or more appropriately, a Prince. Blugold Radio, located a guitar string away from McIntyre Library, will hold a special grand opening celebration Sept. 14-15 that will give UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and the public the chance to admire two guitars from the collection of the late superstar Prince. (Read More)

Blugold Radio grand opening planned

Lauren Hovde – Sept 5, 2017

What used to be a forgotten corner of the McIntyre Library is now home to the campus’ own radio station, 99.9 FM Blugold Radio. The station just celebrated its 14-month anniversary and has an eventful grand opening planned for Sept. 14 and 15. (Read More)

Indie Radio in Action

Andrea Paulseth – Aug 23, 2017

Local independent radio station Blugold Radio 99.9FM is kicking off this fall semester with a stellar pair of one-of-a-kind music events including a patio concert at Haymarket Landing and a tribute to the late great Prince. (Read More)

History project showcases icons of local music scene

Judy Berthiaume – Aug 21, 2017

While Eau Claire’s reputation as a music hot spot is growing thanks to Justin Vernon’s success on the world’s stage, the music and arts scene in the Chippewa Valley actually has been thriving for decades. Now a team of UW-Eau Claire public history students is working to share the stories of the artists, producers, publicists and others who are longtime contributors to the city’s eclectic music scene. (Read More)

Blugold Radio, Confluence hope to crank up local tunes

Katy Macek – Aug 20, 2017

In just 20 minutes, Haymarket Landing’s Patio Show with seating for 250 people overlooking construction on the city’s Confluence Arts Center sold out. Was it the live music featuring local bands Dames, Idle Empress and Heart Pills? Or maybe the new venue itself, having yet to be used for such a purpose? Kevin Miller, executive director of the Confluence Arts Center, which partnered with Blugold Radio 99.9 FM to put on the show, thinks it has to do with the city’s bigger picture. (Read More)

Blugold Radio to celebrate its grand opening, host Prince tribute concert

Jesse Yang – Aug 18, 2017

A local radio station will soon celebrate its grand opening while paying tribute to the late pop star Prince.On Wednesday, Blugold Radio announced it is hosting a two-day studio grand opening and showing of two guitars from Prince’s collection. The event will be held on September 14 and 15 at Blugold Radio, located near the entrance of UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library. (Read More)

Confluence Arts Center and Blugold Radio partner for unique patio concert at Haymarket Landing

Community for the Confluence – Aug 9, 2017

The Confluence Arts Center, in collaboration with Blugold Radio 99.9 FM, announces a special outdoor concert at Haymarket Landing overlooking the building site of the new Arts Center on Friday, August 25th at 7 pm. The concert will feature Eau Claire Bands Dames, Idle Empress and Heart Pills. (Read More)

Confluence Art Center, Blugold Radio to host free Eau Claire concert

K.C. Brown – Aug 8, 2017

A free outdoor concert is happening in downtown Eau Claire later this month. The Confluence Arts Center is partnering with Blugold Radio to put on the show Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Eau Claire bands Dames, Idle Empress and Heart Pills, all free of charge. It’s being held to showcase local art and music. (Watch Video)

The (re)making of Eau(x) Claire(s)

Joey Grihalva – July 12, 2017

In the spring of 1999, trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis stood on the Jazz at Lincoln Center stage in New York City. “The next band is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Am I pronouncing that right?” Bruce Herring, Eau Claire Memorial’s music director at the time, recounts the story. “We’re calling them the $25,000 band,” Marsalis went on. “Because their community kicked in to get them here.” That was the first year one of Herring’s bands would compete at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The Jazz 1 band was featured on the front page of the local paper and the community covered their trip to NYC. Among those young musicians was an 18-year-old Justin Vernon, who would go on to become an internationally renowned artist as Bon Iver. (Read More)

Prex Claires Rocked Downtown

Downtown Eau Claire – July 11, 2017

On Thursday, June 15th Downtown became the scene of an amazing night of celebrating the kickoff to Troix, the third edition of the Eaux Claires Music Festival. Eleven venues held some type of music or art performances led by Oxbeaux, the Summer Concert Series, and the Baroque. (Read More)

“Prex Claires” celebration in downtown Eau Claire

WQOW – June 15, 2017

A pre-celebration to kick of the 2017 Eaux Claires Festival is happening in downtown Eau Claire Thursday evening. Prex Claires is a pre-festival celebration of local music in downtown Eau Claire, taking place June 15 immediately preceding Eaux Claires. (Read More)

Prex Claires kicks off pre-festival celebration

Brooke Schwieters – June 15, 2017

For the first time, local organizations teamed up to put on a pre-festival concert series throughout downtown Eau Claire. A sold out concert featuring Justin Vernon at the Oxbow Hotel, was one of the many shows featured at Prex Claires Thursday evening. Prex Claires is a brand new event this year providing a pre-celebration for what is to come tomorrow at Eaux Claires Music Festival. (Watch Video)

Grand Prex

Eric Christenson – June 14, 2017

This year, in the shadow of Eaux Claires comes a collaborative effort between Downtown Eau Claire Inc. and Blugold Radio 99.9FM which hopes to shine a collective light on all of the pre-fest events happening on June 15, the night before the big fest, when you can catch local music at different venues across downtown Eau Claire. (Read More)

BOUND FOR EAUX CLAIRES? MAKE THE TRIP A DAY EARLY AND CHECK OUT PREX CLAIRES

Eric Christenson – June 7, 2017

For all of the music and art that actually happens at the two-day Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16-17 this year), the last two years have seen plenty of activity before the fest, with local musicians and show organizers throwing events all over the city on the previous Thursday, hoping to attract festival-goers who arrive in town early. (Read More)

PREX CLAIRES: Live Local Music on the Eve of Eaux Claires

V1 Staff – May 8, 2017

For all of the music and art that actually happens at the two-day Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16-17 this year), the last two years have seen plenty of activity before the fest, with local musicians and show organizers throwing all kinds of events all over the city on the Thursday before, hoping to attract festival goers who showed up early. Not to mention the festival itself has thrown shindigs of their own with Phil Cook both years – at the Whispering Pines campground in 2015 and The Lismore in 2016). (Read More)

Blugold Radio will relocate to an updated studio in the coming months

Hillary Smith – Mar 8, 2017

Though Blugold Radio is just over nine months old, the privately funded indie rock radio station based out of UW-Eau Claire is expanding. Construction for a new studio, which will be located across from the circulation desk in the W.D. McIntyre Library, is currently underway. (Read More)

Blugold Radio Seeking Donations for New Studio

V1 Staff – Mar 7, 2017

Campus-based independent radio station Blugold Radio (99.9 FM) has launched a crowdfunding effort to pay for a new studio. The nonprofit station, which is owned by the UWEC Foundation, went on the air last summer from a temporary studio in Hibbard Hall. (Read More)

Blugold Radio fundraises for new studio

Claire Sarafin – Mar 1, 2017

Construction is already underway, but Blugold Radio needs your help moving to a much-needed new studio. The station is hoping to raise $7,000 for a bigger, better studio — emphasis on bigger! They kicked off an online campaign on Tuesday and have already brought in more than $2,000. (Read More)

Blugold Radio Coming to McIntyre Library

Eric – Feb 24, 2017

Blugold Radio, the Chippewa Valley’s only indie rock station, is moving into McIntyre Library. The radio station will be located near the library’s mall entrance on the first floor. (Read More)

 

Successful UW-Eau Claire Foundation campaign raises more than $73 million

Julie Poquette – Feb 16, 2017

A new campus-community arts center now under construction. A major events center in the planning stage. Hundreds of new funds providing ongoing support for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and faculty. The launch of the Chippewa Valley’s first indie rock radio station. There is no question: The impact of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s recently completed fundraising campaign will be felt by every UW-Eau Claire student and by residents throughout the Chippewa Valley for years to come. (Read More)

From Austin to Eau Claire

Eric Christenson – Nov 30, 2016

Earlier this year in July, when the Texas summer was whipping up a full-on heat assault, audio engineer Justin Green and his family had enough. After living most of their lives in Austin, they figured it was time to head north – for good. “We couldn’t handle the heat. We were just complaining every day,” Justin told me. “Then it just hit us: ‘We don’t have to be here; we don’t have to take this anymore.’ So we decided to get the hell out.” The Greens knew they needed a final and swift reprieve from the trappings of the Lone Star State’s ever-so-hip capital city, but didn’t quite know exactly where they wanted to plant new roots. So they busted out the map, started crossing off states they weren’t interested in, and ultimately landed on Wisconsin. (Read More)

Downtown Eau Claire Preps for Massive New Year’s Eve Celebration Fundraiser

Eric Christenson – Nov 29, 2016

This New Year’s Eve, a new collaborative undertaking in the heart of Eau Claire will make the night magical in ways it hasn’t been in years – and it’s all to raise funds for the forthcoming Confluence Performing Arts Center. Through a multitude of symbiotic events and community partners, downtown will light up with music, entertainment, joy, and togetherness. The idea is to create an all-out party in Eau Claire that locals as well as people from beyond the geographic confines of the Chippewa Valley will want to come enjoy year after year. (Read More)

Blugold Radio Picks Up Song Of The Soul!

Mark Helpsmeet – Nov 8, 2016

For the first time, Northern Spirit Radio’s music-focused program, Song of the Soul, will have an outlet in the Chippewa Valley! The Valley’s own student-run FM station, Blugold Radio 99.9 FM, will be broadcasting Song of the Soul on Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m., starting this Sunday, November 13th. (Read More)

Blugold Radio is on the air thanks to support from host of partners, collaborators

Samantha West – July 5, 2016

At exactly midnight July 1, not only was it the start of a new month, but it was the very first time Scott Morfitt signed on to Blugold Radio, officially making 99.9 FM home to the Chippewa Valley’s first indie rock station. Not only will the station pump out an eclectic collection of the finest indie rock, it will provide UW-Eau Claire students yet another high-impact, educational opportunity. Thanks to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s generous donation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, students will be able to complete their service-learning requirement and gain valuable internship opportunities working with a real radio station. (Read More)

Tuned in: Blugold Radio 99.9 FM brings indie rock, alternative tunes with local focus to airwaves

Emily Miels – July 7, 2017

Station manager Scott Morfitt calls the new Blugold Radio at 99.9 FM a “labor of love.” “This is bigger than us, and this has been a long time coming,” Morfitt said of the station, which launched late last week. Blugold Radio is a noncommercial station bringing local, national and international indie rock and student-produced programming to the local airwaves. Morfitt said the format of Blugold Radio will be adult album alternative, similar to KEXP-FM in Seattle or KCMP-FM (89.3), commonly known as The Current, from Minnesota Public Radio. (Read More)

Scott Morfitt named station manager for Blugold Radio

UWEC – Mar 23, 2016

A local professional with a wide background in radio, music and the arts has been named the first station manager for Blugold Radio. Scott Morfitt, Eau Claire, will assume the station manager role April 18. Currently he is the marketing director for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation recently received the donation of the station license and other related equipment that will be called Blugold Radio (see related story). It will be owned by Blugold Radio LLC, a subsidiary of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. (Read More)

Big Donation to Give Radio Station to UWEC Students

Tom Giffey – Mar 21, 2016

The benefits of a recent gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will be heard far and wide – literally. Midwest Family Broadcasting of Eau Claire plans to donate one of its radio stations – Federal Communications Commission license, 25,000-watt signal, 390-foot tower, and all – to the foundation, allowing UWEC students new opportunities to hone their broadcasting skills in a real-world environment. (Read More)

Signaling a new era for Blugold radio

Michael Roemer – Mar 10, 2016

Mid-West Family Broadcasting gave the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation control of 99.9 WDRK-FM, a radio station out of Cornell. The $1 million gift announced Tuesday, March 8 transfers ownership of the radio license, transmitter, tower and related equipment which CJ students will get to use first hand in classes and through student media outlets like Blugold Radio. “We are excited to be a part of this because the radio capacity will enable the university as a whole,” UW-Eau Claire Foundation President Kimera Way said. “I’m pleased to be able to facilitate the addition of another resource for the university’s benefit.” (Read More)

UW-Eau Claire receives radio station worth $1 million

Alyssa Anderson – Mar 10, 2016

Sometimes, answering the phone pays off.
Kimera Way, UW-Eau Claire Foundation president, said she usually makes the calls that land donations for the university. But a phone call last December from Mid-West Family Broadcasting has netted the university a $1 million gift in the form of a radio station. “We are excited to be a part of this because the radio capacity will enable the university as a whole,” Way said. “I’m pleased to be able to facilitate the addition of another resource for the university’s benefit.” (Read More)

Broadcasting company gives radio station to UW-EC

Leader-Telegram Staff – Mar 8 ,2016

The gift of a radio station from Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Eau Claire to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation will mean expanded educational opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students and new avenues for university outreach to a wider audience. Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation announced the gift March 8. The gift includes the radio license, transmitter, tower and related equipment for operation of the commercial station 99.9 WDRK-FM. The approximate value of the gift is $1 million. (Read More)

Mid-West Family Broadcasting gifts radio station to UW-Eau Claire Foundation

Julie Poquette – Mar 8, 2016

The gift of a radio station from Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Eau Claire to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation will mean expanded educational opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students and new avenues for university outreach to a wider audience. Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation announced the gift March 8. The gift includes the radio license, transmitter, tower and related equipment for operation of the commercial station 99.9 WDRK-FM. The approximate value of the gift is $1 million. (Read More)

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