Mackenzie Martin

Morning Edition Host/Features Editor

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Mackenzie came to WXPR in 2016 as the Operations Director and Morning Edition Host, but moved into a full-time reporting, editing, and hosting role in April 2018. Mackenzie is passionate about reporting and editing stories that cover interesting people and places in the Northwoods for WXPR's We Live Up Here series. 

In 2019, Mackenzie won four awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, including two 1st place awards for Best Web Story and Best Interview.

Mackenzie graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a major in media & cultural studies. She's originally from Wausau, WI. Mackenzie's work has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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In 1945, a young man from Three Lakes was among the soldiers serving in the 14th Armored Division, and earned himself a unique place in the history books.

Local historian Gary Entz has the story in this week's episode of A Northwoods Moment in History.

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WXPR is celebrating 35 years on the radio this year.

In this week's episode of A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us exactly what went into that first broadcast back in 1983.

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A unique art exhibit has been the focus at ArtStart Rhinelander for the last few weeks.


Mackenzie Martin has this report from the opening reception in June.




Over the past two years, Karen Bondarchuk has found more dead birds than at any other time in her life. The exhibit at ArtStart Rhinelander through August 18 is called - And by the Wind Grieved - and it’s all recreations of dead birds, both sculptures and paintings.

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The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been going up over the years.

Locally, there is a center in the Northwoods that aims to help children on the autism spectrum by using something called behavioral treatment… and they’ve recently expanded to Rhinelander.

Mackenzie Martin has the story.

The space located in Rhinelander’s Riverview Hall looks like a typical preschool with toys and books scattered about. There are some things that help you realize it’s a space for kids on the autism spectrum, though. / Wikimedia Commons

We've all heard about the fatal plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and many other pioneers of Rock and Roll in 1959. Did you know they had just recently passed through the Northwoods before the crash, though? This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us the whole story.

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On days when the weather in northern Wisconsin is particularly bleak, we've all felt sympathy for our mail carriers. This week on A Northwoods Moment in History though, local historian Gary Entz tells us that it used to be a lot worse.

In October of last year, Book World announced that it was closing all 45 of its stores, 20 of which were located in Wisconsin, including locations in Rhinelander, Eagle River, and Minocqua.

Looking at losing an important community staple, two Minocqua area residents felt compelled to do something about it.

The newly renovated Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl in Lac du Flambeau recently began its summertime tradition of hosting weekly powwows.

These powwows are usually held on Tuesday evenings. The only exception from now through August is the powwow this week, which will be held on Wednesday, July 4th.

Tribal member Melissa Doud says the 4th of July is one of Lac du Flambeau’s biggest tourism days. There will be a parade at noon and the powwow will start at 7:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a real live cranberry marsh is like, you have a lot of chances to see it in person this summer. 

The Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and Cranberry Growers Association are kicking off their summertime cranberry tours this week. Starting this Friday, July 6th, there will be a free 1-hour tour at 10:00 a.m. every Friday through October 5th.

Executive Director at the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce Sarah Pischer says the cranberry growing season is really a season that happens all year round.

The Healing Nature Center

In Japan, part of their national health program is called Shinrin-yoku, which is loosely translated as “forest bathing.” The idea behind it is that forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Researchers claim that forest bathing can actually lower your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and some stress hormones.

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Fridays in downtown Rhinelander will include more live music starting in late July.

ArtStart Rhinelander located at 68 South Stevens Street has just built a brand new outdoor stage in the back of their building and they have plans for a six week concert series, to be held outside during the lunch hour.

Program & Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin says the concerts will start in late July and be held throughout all of August.

A Northland Pines High School graduate will be in the Northwoods for the next 10 days talking about his project helping women veterans of war heal through song.

Jason Moon will be promoting the album Women At War: Warrior Songs Vol. 2, which is to be released in November. The album is a project of the non-profit organization Warrior Songs and consists of pairing up women veterans with women songwriters to help them translate their experiences into song. This is the organization’s second project of this nature, but the first album focusing only on women veterans.

This Saturday, June 30th, “Families Belong Together” marches are planned around the country (and the globe) to tell President Donald Trump and his administration that it is not okay to separate kids from their parents. Though progress on the issue has been made, marches are still being held.

Locally, the Northwoods Progressives, the Democratic Party of Vilas County, and the Northern Highland LGBTQ are hosting a Families Belong Together march in Minocqua to bring awareness to the issue.


In the days leading up to the 4th of July, those around the country will be preparing by purchasing fireworks for home use. Typically this is a beloved part of the holiday, but a local wildlife rehabilitation center is warning the public to adjust the way they celebrate, or skip it altogether.

Director of Rehabilitation at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander Mark Naniot says it's not just pets that freak out during annual firework celebrations, fireworks have dangerous effects on local wildlife.

Northwoods Pride Festival

The second annual Northwoods Pride Festival was held in Arbor Vitae last Saturday. The festival was sponsored by the Northwoods Progressives and Northern Highland LGBTQ.  

The event included a potluck, live music, and a drag show, among other events. There were also resources available such as free HIV / AIDS testing, behavioral health counselors, and voter registration.