Taking the Great Northern Radio Show back to school

Great Northern Radio ShowOn Sept. 19 I’m bringing my Great Northern Radio Show to Bemidji State University. From 5-7 p.m. Saturday we’ll broadcast live from the Bangsberg Theater. Audience members need to be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, free for kids and college students. Last I checked we’ve got a few seats left, so call today at 218-326-1234, (toll free) 800-662-5799, or visit Northern Community Radio.

I know Duluth gets a lot of attention as Northern Minnesota’s budding renaissance town, but I’d posit that Bemidji deserves attention, too. Though smaller, Bemidji has an active music and arts community and is developing a modern identity. It’s been amazing to watch the growth of meaningful relationships between the city and surrounding Ojibwa bands at Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth. BSU seems to be growing in estimation among Minnesota colleges, too. Just in the short time since we did our second show in Bemidji in 2012 it seems that the cultural scene has grown even more, as has the city and its attractive waterfront.

So it’s exciting to kick off our 2015-16 season in one of Northern Community Radio’s hometowns: Bemidji, Minnesota. We hope you’ll join us.

We’ve got country rockers the American Scarecrows, Bemidji-based bluesman Corey Medina and his band, Red Lake hip-hop artist Thomas X and local gal Berit Dybing, who may or may not be breaking out some bad-ass Norwegian in her performance. For the first time ever we’re inviting stand up comedians to be part of the show in the form of Rob Fairbanks (the “Rez Reporter”) and Jon Roberts. After our show, these guys are going west to film a documentary about Ojibwa comedians trying to make it on the national comedy scene.

Oh, and we’ll have the Great Northern Radio Players, some engaging local guests in the form of Bemijdi Mayor Rita Albrecht and author/naturalist Tim Goodwin. As usual, I’ll have my witty Northern Minnesota observations and stories.

Next week we’re going to launch the new Great Northern Radio Show website, including a really cool system that archives past shows, songs, bits, interviews and monologues. Following that, we’re going to unveil our iTunes podcast channel, perhaps opening a whole new audience for our little show.

Great Northern Radio Show at Bemidji State.

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