The Roadhouse


  • Friday 5-7pm
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:

Local nurses Patty Doherty & Teresa Borak offer volunteer medical care in Guatemala

Local nurses Teresa Borak and Patty Doherty stopped by the Roadhouse Nov. 26 to talk with Bob about their volunteer medical work with Partner for Surgery in Guatemala. There will be a fundraiser for their efforts Dec. 3 and 4 at Betsy Bowen's Studio in Grand Marais.


Could you run a marathon and a half every day for 100 days straight? This man did

Buck chatted Nov. 26 with Steve Knowlton of Prior Lake, who just finished running across the entire country, 4,000 miles in 100 days, to raise money and awareness for Crohn's disease.


Vietnam veteran and local resident Tom Rawitzer on The Roadhouse

Local business owner and Vietnam veteran Tom Rawitzer stopped in to Studio A Nov. 12 to talk with Bob Carter in observance of Veterans Day.


Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling play The Roadhouse

Musicians Rich Mattson (Ol' Yeller) and Germaine Gemberling brought their guitars to Studio A Nov. 19 to chat and play a few tunes.


Adventurer/author Jon Turk on the mysterious intersection of the natural and the spiritual

Jon Turk stopped in to Studio A Nov. 19 to talk with Buck about his recent book, "The Raven's Gift," his amazing personal journey with a shaman in the Siberian wilderness. He was in Grand Marais for the Winterer's Gathering at North House Folk School.


Talking turkey with the Butterball Turkey Hotline

Bob chatted Nov. 12 with Marty Van Ness, one of 55 home economists who staff the Butterball Turkey Hotline. They're ready to answer your questions now through Christmas Day at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.


Lucas Will & Greg Petry follow their 'Superior Dream' around the Big Lake

Lucas Will and Greg Petry visited with Buck in studio Nov. 12 about their successful Superior Dream expedition, circumnavigating Lake Superior by kayak. Now they're working on a documentary about their adventure.


Ever want to just disappear? Frank Ahearn can help

Frank Ahearn, privacy expert and author of"How to Disappear," spoke with Buck Nov. 5 about privacy and how to fall off the radar.


'Cabinologist' and architect Dale Mulfinger on what makes the perfect cabin

Dale Mulfinger, architect and 'cabinologist,' spoke with Ann Possis Nov. 5 about the Minnesota cabin tradition and what makes a cabin feel just right.


What's the opposite of cold? Sauna!

Michael Nordskog, author of "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition," chatted with Ann Possis Nov. 5 about one of life's great pleasures: the sauna.