Portable joy at Great Northern Radio Show in Duluth

Your intrepid host in his most elaborately costumed Great Northern role yet, Snapper the post-apocalyptic Longville racing turtle. PHOTO: Shelly Hanson

Your intrepid host in his most elaborately costumed Great Northern role yet, Snapper the post-apocalyptic Longville racing turtle. PHOTO: Shelly Hanson

This has been a hard week for a lot of Americans. Even if you were happy with how the election turned out it’s pretty evident the divisions in our country will endure long past balloting. Of course, slightly more people in this country are horrified with how the election turned out. So that’s how that goes.

I’ve been very grateful to have something to keep me busy this week. My Great Northern Radio Show will broadcast live from Duluth, Minnesota, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

As I said in this very kind Christa Lawler story in the Duluth News Tribune this week, I founded this show at a tough time for myself and the Iron Range. My goal was to create smart, fun, unique entertainment that could be enjoyed by people in overlooked communities. More simply, I wanted to do one damn thing with my life that created and spread some joy.

So this weekend: joy. We’re going to cut loose with great music, funny jokes and wacky characters. We’re going to learn things people don’t know about Duluth, and celebrate the things locals love and visitors come to see.

So join together. Come out to the show. Make a road trip if you like. Or gather up with family and friends and turn on the radio like the old days. Alone? Put the headphones in your ears and join our voices. We are all together. That’s why we do this.

We’ll be live at the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium at 5 p.m. Saturday. We ask the audience to be seated by 4:30 p.m. so everyone is set for the live broadcast. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for people under 18 or college students with IDs. We’ll be live on our home station Northern Community Radio and Duluth’s own KUMD.

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