Hobo Nephews, Mary Bue headline Bagley ‘Great Northern’

I’m writing now for the Saturday, March 9 edition of the Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio, broadcasting live at the Bagley High School auditorium in beautiful Bagley, Minnesota. Reserve your free tickets now!

We just found out we’re up against a big men’s hockey game between the University of Minnesota Gophers and the Bemidji State Beavers in nearby Bemidji. So it will be a hopping night in Bagley and Bemidji as our unique show rolls on in.

Please join us in Bagley, or make plans to listen live on the radio and KAXE.org. Here’s our press release:

Great Northern Radio Show hits the road

KAXE/KBXE program to broadcast live from Bagley March 9

BAGLEY, Minnesota — The Great Northern Radio Show, a unique live variety program produced by Northern Community Radio (91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE), heads to Bagley on Saturday, March 9.

The show will broadcast from the Bagley High School auditorium 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 kaxe.org. 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.

The Hobo Nephews will unveil
new songs at our show.

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

“We’re excited to come to Bagley,” said Brown. “We’ve put together one of our best musical lineups and Bagley is the home of KBXE, Northern Community Radio’s new station serving north central Minnesota. We want to meet our new listeners and highlight this great area.”

The Great Northern Radio Show is a modern incarnation of the classic 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 off-the-beaten-path location of each show as a central part of the program.

Mary Bue

The March 9 show will feature Minnesota’s own Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, performing as part of their release tour for their new album “Number One Contender.” Also headlining is the exciting Duluth-based singer/songwriter Mary Bue and her accompanist Kyle Maclean. Exciting young talent like Bemidji singer/songwriters Sonny Johnson of Bemidji and Katie Wig of Brainerd are also among the scheduled performers.

The Great Northern Radio Players, a rotating group of actors from northern Minnesota, will perform original sketches about life in the Bagley area. Bemidji-area comic actress Sara Breeze leads this show’s troupe.

Sonny Johnson

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, an Iron Range native who lives in rural Itasca County, 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.”

Katie Wig

The Great Northern Radio Show started in 2011. After its Hibbing debut, the show has broadcast from Bemidji, Brainerd, Eveleth, and Bigfork. After Bagley, the Great Northern Radio Show heads to the Reif Center in Grand Rapids on June 29.

“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 www.kaxe.org. The show is underwritten by the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota and made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment.


  1. Hey Aaron. Hobo Nephews are great. That’s exciting. Hope you aren’t too busy, though. There’s a new Gravity Falls on Friday. “Boss Mabel” is the title of this one. Should be awesome!

  2. Good to know! I will be sure to check that out. Shouldn’t interfere with my show too much. 🙂

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