Great Northern Radio Show to deliver holiday spirit in Bigfork

Sam Miltich, Matthew Miltich and Gary Schulte will light up the Edge.

I’m in the midst of preparations for another Great Northern Radio Show this Saturday. I hope you’ll listen, and consider coming to the show. We have a small number of free tickets remaining for the show at the Edge Center in Bigfork. Call KAXE at 218-326-1234 to get yours. It’s our first holiday show and I think you’ll enjoy the night of entertainment we have planned.

Great Northern Radio Show takes holidays to the ‘Edge’

KAXE variety program to broadcast live from Bigfork on Dec. 15

BIGFORK, Minnesota (Nov. 26, 2012) — The Great Northern Radio Show, a popular variety program produced by Northern Community Radio (91.7 KAXE), heads to Bigfork on Saturday, December 15.

The show will be broadcast live from the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork from 5-7 p.m. on 91.7 KAXE on the Iron Range and across northern Minnesota, 89.9 Brainerd and 90.5 KBXE Bemidji. The program will also be streamed live at Admission to the live performance is free, but reservations are requested by calling KAXE at 218-326-1234. Audience members are asked to be seated by 4:30 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

Written and hosted by Iron Range writer Aaron J. Brown, the Great Northern Radio Show features music, stories and comedy about modern life off the beaten path.

“We’re really excited to come to Bigfork,” said Brown. “It’s our first try at a holiday show and the Edge Center is such a wonderful theater. I’m excited myself because, while Bigfork might be the ‘edge of the wilderness’ to everyone else, I live in Balsam Township and it’s just a short drive for me.”

The Great Northern Radio Show is a true radio variety show, featuring an eclectic mix of material fit for audiences of all ages and styles of humor. What makes it different is its strong focus on northern Minnesota and the way it includes the location of each show as a central part of the program.

The Dec. 15 show will feature the Sam Miltich Trio, including Gary Schulte and Matthew Miltich, playing a mix of Eastern European folk, jazz and holiday music. Bigfork-area musicians Kim Harrington, Maggie and Kristen Anderson, Jerry Hagen, Terry Price, Harold Boege, Alycia Johnson, and the Celebration of Grace Band from Grace Community Church under the direction of Karen Wetzel are among the expected performers, along with some surprise additions.

The Great Northern Radio Players, a rotating group of actors from towns around Minnesota, will feature local actor Marshall Oelmann, among others. Howard Pitzen of Effie will tell stories about the Effie Rodeo. A western-themed holiday special will be presented, along with material celebrating the history of Bigfork, Effie, Togo and other parts of the region. Guests from popular Northern Community Radio shows are also likely.

Great Northern Radio Show regulars include director Shelly Nowak and associate producer Kelly Gustavsson, both of Hibbing. House music is by Nickolai Koivunen of Zim. Longtime Iron Range broadcaster Scott Hanson provides foley sound. The show is written by Brown with additional material from Hibbing native Matt Nelson.

“Each show is unique, exciting and unpredictable,” said Brown. “Whether you attend the live performance, where you get to see behind the scenes, or listen on the radio, you’ll have a great night of entertainment.”

The Great Northern Radio Show started in 2011. After its Hibbing debut, the show has broadcast from the Chief Theatre in Bemidji, Central Lakes College in Brainerd and the Boardman Auditorium in Eveleth. In 2013, the Great Northern Radio Show heads to the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard and the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, with more stops in the works.

“Our show lives on the road,” said Brown. “Our only home is northern Minnesota and we hope to play every place here that remotely resembles a theater before we’re done.”

The Great Northern Radio Show is rebroadcast on independent public radio stations around the state and is available as a podcast. Find out more at The show is underwritten by the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota and made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment.

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