Great Northern Radio Show returns to Hibbing Oct. 14

Host Aaron Brown kicks off the June 17, 2017 broadcast of the Great Northern Radio Show by cuing actress Rachel Brandt. (PHOTO: Grant Frasier)

Katie Houg of Bemidji leads the house band for the Great Northern Radio Show.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, I bring my Great Northern Radio Show back to the site of our first broadcast. This show at Hibbing Community College represents our sixth anniversary of doing live radio variety shows from small towns and forgotten places around Minnesota.

We’ve got a lot to talk about in Hibbing. The mine is still encroaching from the North. The new roundabout has people hot and bothered. We try our hands at an Iron Range medical drama and we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy putting these together, especially in places that have meant so much to me personally. This is a homecoming of sorts, so I’ve tried to make a show that will connect with the local audience, and maybe even inspire people just a little. You know, in between the jokes and rockin’ music.

We’ve got Hobo Revival and our own kickass house band featuring Katie Houg and Corey Medina. We’re live Saturday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. Be seated by 4:30 and get your tickets now because I think we’ll sell out.

Great Northern Radio Show at HCC Oct. 14

Live variety program features Hobo Revival, comedy and more

HIBBING Minnesota— The Great Northern Radio Show will return to Hibbing for an Oct. 14, 2017 live broadcast at the Hibbing Community College Theater. Highlighting the traveling variety show will be Iron Range folk rock band Hobo Revival along with the show’s all-star house band led by Katie Houg and Corey Medina.

Jason Scorich performs as “Neil Diamond” during the Nov. 12, 2016 Great Northern Radio Show in Duluth, Minnesota. (Grant Frashier)

The Great Northern Radio Show is produced by the Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate covering a large part of Northern Minnesota. Through comedy, stories and music, the Great Northern Radio Show celebrates life in small towns and rural places.

Producer and host Aaron Brown leads a cast of performers and musicians through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota. Each show celebrates a unique place and the people who make it special, sharing the experience with a much wider audience on the radio and online.

“We’re ‘the show that moves’ coming to ‘the town that moved,’” said Brown, an HCC communication instructor and award-winning Iron Range writer and radio producer. “We’ve got comedy bits on everything from the new roundabout to an Iron Range medical drama. It’s a local show that people anywhere can enjoy.”

The show’s all star house band for this show is Katie and the Hupmobiles, featuring Katie Houg on keyboard and vocals, Corey Medina on guitar and vocals, D.C. on bass and a drummer to be named later. The Oct. 14 program will feature Hobo Revival, an Iron Range original folk rock band featuring Kim Grillo Nagler, Robert Klaysmat, Joe Wivoda, Joe Gibbon and Vic Kylochko.

“Music is a huge part of what makes the show work,” said Brown. “Lots of original songs, unexpected covers and parodies, too. We aim to show the world that Northern Minnesota has a vibrant original music scene.”

The Great Northern Radio Players for this show include Jason Scorch and Louisa Scorich, both of Duluth and originally of Mt. Iron; Rachel Brandt of Ada, originally of Chisholm, Brett Carter of Bagley, and C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes. Special guests include Allyse Freeman of the Minnesota Discovery Center and ReGen, Donna Johnson of Borealis Art Guild, Andrew Hanegmon of Iron Range Makerspace, and HCC students Cassidy Thompson and David Lawor.

The programs will air live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Tickets cost $10, free for all children and college students with IDs. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30. Seating is limited. Call Northern Community Radio for ticket information 800/662-5799 or order online at

“This show debuted on the HCC stage six years ago and we’ve been on the road every since,” said Brown, an HCC communication instructor and award-winning Iron Range writer and radio producer. “I’m excited to show the hometown crowd how much we’ve developed the show and to share the talent and stories of local people with our radio listeners.”

The Oct. 14 program will air live on 91.7 FM KAXE in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and the Iron Range, 90.5 KBXE Bagley and Bemidji, 89.9 FM Brainerd and 103.9 FM in Ely. The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a live stream and podcast at

The Great Northern Radio Show is made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with support from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Culture and Tourism grant program and the Blandin Foundation.

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