Great Northern Radio Show set for live debut Oct. 15

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KAXE’s Great Northern Radio Show set for live radio debut Oct. 15
Public radio variety program highlights northern Minnesota talent, culture

HIBBING, Minn. (Sept. 28, 2011) — Old time radio and new media combine on an Iron Range stage for the live broadcast premiere of 91.7 KAXE’s Great Northern Radio Show Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Great Northern Radio Show features music, storytelling, comedy and the excitement of an unpredictable live radio show. The 5-7 p.m. program will be performed on the stage of the Hibbing Community College theater, broadcast at 91.7 FM and live streamed at Admission to the show is free with seating before 4:30 p.m. Free will donations to KAXE or membership pledges will be accepted but are not required.

The program is a local, original production of KAXE-Northern Community Radio, the Grand Rapids-based community radio station serving northern Minnesota, including Brainerd, Bemidji and the Iron Range. This show borrows from the format of A Prairie Home Companion and the storytelling of This American Life for a new sound based in northern Minnesota culture and Iron Range sensibilities.

The Great Northern Radio Show is produced and hosted by author and commentator Aaron Brown. Brown’s book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. His creative nonfiction blog was an Editor’s Choice in this year’s WCCO Minnesota Most Valuable Blogger awards. He teaches communication at Hibbing Community College.

“Our first show is entitled “Hard Time Good Times,” said Brown. “We’re going to be celebrating the Iron Range, most notably the region’s resilience and lengthy experience in weathering bad economies through art, music and humor.”

Musical acts for the show include the Duluth jug band “Da’ Elliott Brothers,” performing original and traditional tunes. Virginia’s Pete and Jack Pellinen present Finnish folk music on guitar and mandolin. Hibbing H.S. senior and HCC student Iris Kolodji will be a featured soloist on some surprise numbers, including the guitar accompaniment of Mitchell Zubich.

Noted regional storyteller Ed Nelson from the Grand Rapids Forest History Center will spin a new yarn about the old Range. Original comedy sketches and a full radio drama will be presented featuring the Great Northern Radio Company of writers and actors, who hail from across the region. Big surprises are also in the works.

“This will be a wonderful show to hear on the radio, but the appeal for those who attend in the theater will be a remarkable view of a complex live broadcast,” said Brown. “The audience will really be an important part of the show’s success.”

The Great Northern Radio Show is underwritten by the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota. KAXE is a nonprofit independent public radio station. The Great Northern Radio Show will be podcasted after it is broadcast on the radio and internet.

For more information call KAXE at 218-326-1234 or go to

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