Come celebrate the 10 year anniversary of MinnesotaBrown.com with the Duluth debut of my Great Northern Radio Show on Saturday, Nov. 12.
In 2011, the Great Northern Radio Show gave me the creative outlet I needed to be able to continue mining the depths of Northern Minnesota politics and economics here at the site. I almost certainly would have burned out without it. And while it causes me to post less than before, I think it’s pushed my writing to new and better places.
One nice thing is that the Great Northern Radio Show remains 100 percent unaffected by the outcome of the Nov. 8 election. In fact, one could treat our show as a grand celebration of the end of the election season. That’s certainly what I’m doing.
These Duluth episodes were particularly fun to write. I hope you join us at the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium on Nov. 12. Go to the GNRS site to reserve tickets. It’s a big hall, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to buy tickets at the door.
Great Northern Radio Show is Nov. 12
Quirky Northland traveling show to make Duluth debut
DULUTH, Minnesota — The Great Northern Radio Show will make its Duluth debut in a Nov. 12, 2016 live broadcast at the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium.
This traveling variety program is produced by Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate covering a large part of Northern Minnesota. Through comedy, stories and music, the Great Northern Radio Show explores life in small towns and places found off the beaten path. KUMD-Duluth Public Radio will also broadcast the live event.
Producer and host Aaron Brown leads a regular cast along with guest performers, musicians, and storytellers through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota. Each show celebrates a unique location and the people who make it special, sharing the experience with a much wider audience on the radio and online.
“For an Iron Range kid, bringing the show to Duluth is like making it on Broadway,” said Brown. “You know, if Broadway was on a very tall, icy hill in a much colder climate.”
The headline musical act for the first one-hour show is the Duluth-based ska act Woodblind. That hour also features a newer Duluth band, Dance Attic. The headliner for the second show is nationally-acclaimed folk duo The Lowest Pair. After the live broadcast, each show will be released as separate programs for later airings on stations around the state and in the show’s podcast.
The show’s all star house band, Katie Houg and the Union Forever, features Houg on keyboard and vocals, Corey Medina on guitar and vocals, DC McKenzie on bass and Eric Sundeen on drums.
The Great Northern Radio Players include Jason Scorich and Louisa Scorich, both of Duluth; Mark Venheizen and Julie Venheizen, also of Duluth. Sara Breeze of Bemidji, and Emily Moe, of Duluth, on foley sound effects. Special guests include Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, author and judge Mark Munger, and “Locally Laid” egg farmer and author Lucie Amundsen.
“Our show continues to grow,” said Brown, an author and longtime blogger from the Hibbing area. “We’re developing new ideas, new characters, and a sharper sound every time we take the stage. My mission is to show that great art and interesting people can be found right here in Northern Minnesota. There is no shortage of material.”
The programs will air live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Tickets cost $10 for adults, free for children and college students with IDs. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30. Seating is limited. Call Northern Community Radio to reserve tickets at 800/662-5799 or visit www.kaxe.org.
The Nov. 12 programs will air live on 103.3 KUMD in Duluth, 91.7 FM KAXE in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and the Iron Range, 90.5 KBXE Bagley and Bemidji, 89.9 FM Brainerd and 103.9 FM in Ely. The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a live stream and podcast at www.greatnorthernradioshow.org.
The Great Northern Radio Show is made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with support from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Culture and Tourism grant program and the Blandin Foundation.