Friday, June 29, 2012 By Aaron Brown
If you missed it, the Brainerd edition of the Great Northern Radio Show will be rebroadcast Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 91.7 KAXE in Grand Rapids and the Iron Range, 89.9 in Brainerd and 90.5 KBXE in Bemidji and Bagley. The Northern Community Radio network stretches from Minnesota's western border all the way to the edge of Duluth and the Boundary Waters. You can listen online anywhere in the world at www.kaxe.org. A downloadable podcast will be available after the rebroadcast.
KUMD Duluth and WTIP Grand Marais might run the show on Fourth of July as well. Call or write your local independent public radio station and let them know that the show is available free for Minnesota independent stations through PRX, Public Radio Exchange.
Additionally, and I'm VERY excited about this, KAXE will be rebroadcasting a marathon of all three of our first episodes of the Great Northern Radio Show on the Fourth of July. The Hibbing premiere will run from 8-10 a.m., our acclaimed Bemidji show runs 10 a.m. to noon, and the Brainerd show will run again that night from 7-9 p.m. I'm very proud of the way this show has grown and excited for the future, as we've been picked up for a new season that begins Oct. 20 in Eveleth, continues Dec. 15 in Bigfork and will be hitting new towns in 2013.
My thanks to the actors in the Brainerd show: Nancy Waller, Sue Johnson, Charlie Johnson, David Vieths, Jon Bjorkquist and C.J. Anderson who starred as "Doc" the engineer in the "Fate Train" sketch. Matt Nelson wrote a fun melodrama "Boxcar, 1875" and we had a hilarious guest sketch about northern Minnesota bugs written by John Ramos of Duluth.
We had marvelous musical performances by the headline band The Bitter Spills, Eric Pollard (in his solo act "Actual Wolf"), The Danver Patients, John Pribyl's Hollow Hearts, and our show regulars Iris Kolodji and Sonny Johnson who each wrote original music for the program. Brainerd's own Katie Wig delivered a knockout piano version of "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" near the end of the show.
We had some engaging interviews with Chuck Marohn, high school birders Ben Stubbs and Kevin Gohman, and young media pros Andy and Spencer Olson. Our show regulars were great as always: Scott Hanson on foley sound and Nickolai Koivunen on keyboards. Lovely direction from Shelly Nowak and backstage work by Kelly Gustavsson.
I owe KAXE's professional staff, led by program director/Brainerd native Heidi Holtan and sound engineer Dan Houg, a great debt of gratitude.