T-1 Day to Great Northern Radio Show: Bringin’ it All Back Home

Each day this week I’ve been sharing a story about the Great Northern Radio Show, an original live radio variety show debuting 5-7 p.m. Saturday on 91.7 KAXE from the stage of the Hibbing Community College Theater. You can follow the show on Facebook or find out more at KAXE.org.

Today we are one day away from showtime and the final preparations are coming into place. We’ve had pleasant coverage from MPR, the Hibbing Daily Tribune, Range News Now and the original DNT story has gone out on the AP wire. KAXE has begun their fall fundraiser “Rhyme and Reason,” and have been promoting the show. It’s my hope that you’ll give us a listen or even come out the theater to show your support. If you can, pledge your financial support to KAXE for the coming year, giving what you can to keep a truly independent public radio station for northern Minnesota on the air.

I’ve profiled many parts of the show, Ed and Matt Nelson, Iris Kolodji, De Elliot Brothers jug band, the Great Northern Radio Players and the like. Today I’ll tell you about the rest of the show, or at least the parts I’m not keeping as a surprise.

This show features many students at Hibbing Community College, which (disclosure) is where I work as a communication instructor. The newly reconstituted college choir will be singing in the show and members of the HCC Philosophy Club will be making an appearance as well. Several people in the show are past or current students as well. The HCC community really has a lot to celebrate in the Great Northern Radio Show. Though our show aims to travel in the future, our artistic heart and soul will always be based here.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota for underwriting the show.

Saturday will be special. Please join us, online, on the air or in the theater. And show your support for 91.7 KAXE by becoming a member. As you might imagine I’m not doing an essay for “Between You and Me” this Saturday morning, breaking a long streak. I will be calling in, though, and sharing some backstage stories between 10 a.m. and noon.

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