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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 4-6pm
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Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, 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.

 


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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Catching up with the hosts of Roadhouse past

The locally produced variety show, The Roadhouse, debuted in 1999, with hosts Walt Rasmussen, Bob Carter and Buck Benson. The program has had a changing roster of hosts over the years and is currently hosted by Dave Tersteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and for the last 12 years has been produced by Annie Possis.

A Friday evening tradition on North Shore Radio, the program has featured countless live musical acts and hundreds of interviews, ranging from the science of climate change to how to properly roast a Thanksgiving turkey. Frequent guests to the
the show have included local and regional authors, artists, researchers, scientists, and musical performers.

Beginning Jan. 14, The Roadhouse will shift to a volunteer-produced music show with a special focus on weekend events, featuring local event and music announcements and a fun music mix, and will air live from 4 to 6 on Fridays. Our local and regional music program, the Scenic Route, produced and hosted by Will Moore, will move to 6 p.m.

To celebrate twenty-plus years of the Roadhouse, we invited past hosts to share stories of their most memorable moments on air. Joining Dave, Brian, and Julie are Buck Benson, Bob Carter, Mike Raymond, Dick Swanson, CJ Heithoff, Tracy Benson, Debbie Benedict, and Will Moore.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Photo by Rhonda Silence

Climatologist Mark Seeley on recent record-breaking weather events

It’s been a week of very strange weather, so we wanted to check in with one of our favorite experts, Mark Seeley. He’s a climatologist and MPR commentator. He spoke with Brian to give his thoughts on the recent weather events in Minnesota.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Jim McGowan in Studio A.

Jim McGowan live in-studio on Roadhouse

We're celebrating twenty-plus years of the Roadhouse, and who better the join us than Roadhouse regular Jim McGowan.  Jim joined Dave, Julie, and Brian in the studio to perform a few songs and chat about what's he's been up to.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Fred Anderson at WTIP in 2019. Photo by Will Moore

Fred Anderson plays on Roadhouse

Lutsen guitarist Fred Anderson joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

"Astro Bob" on his Antarctic adventure

We could not pass up the chance to chat with Bob King of the Astrobob blog one more time, and as luck would have it, he’s on a big adventure. Bob spoke with Dave from a cruise ship somewhere near the Falkland Islands.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Snowy Forest, Sawbill Trail by Travis Novitsky

MPR chief meteorologist Paul Huttner talks winter weather

Weather has been a big topic of conversation along the North Shore so far in December, starting off with a couple big snows.  Julie spoke with MPR chief meteorologist Paul Huttner about what we might expect for weather the rest of this month and this coming winter.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

200 years later: Looking back at the merger of North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company

The Thunder Bay Museum has created an exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of the merger of the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Brian spoke with the curator of the museum, Michael DeJong, to learn more about the merger and why it matters. 

Right after, Brian also spoke with Tom McCann.  Tom is one of the leaders of a local book club that is reading a history book, "Rainy Lake House," written about that same period in the 1820s. Listen to both conversations below.

Cook County Higher Ed is hosting a virtual conference around this book on Sat., Dec. 11. The registration link is: https://reg126.imperisoft.com/cche/ProgramDetail/3435333831/Registration...

Call 218-387-3411 or email office@mycche.org if you need help registering. You can attend one session or the whole day. 

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

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The North 103.3

KUMD acquired by WDSE-WRPT, takes on new name

WTIP’s longtime big sister station, KUMD in Duluth, has just been acquired by WDSE-WRPT, the public television station in Duluth. It will be known as The North 103.3FM. Dave spoke with Tom Jamar, director of marketing, communications & membership services with WDSE-WRPT, to learn more. 

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Paul Metsa - photo by Howard Christopherson via Facebook

Minnesota musician Paul Metsa joins Roadhouse

Paul Metsa is a legendary musician and songwriter from Minnesota. Born on the Iron Range, he was based in Minneapolis from 1978 until recently, when he moved to Duluth. He has received seven Minnesota Music Awards and has played more than five
thousand gigs, including forays to Iceland and Siberia.

Paul has two new books coming out, as well as a bunch of new music. He joined Dave to tell us more about all of it.

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The Fish Dish - a new podcast from Wisconsin Sea Grant

There’s a new podcast out…about fish! Great Lakes fish, to be more precise.  "The Fish Dish" podcast hosts Marie Zhuikov and Sharon Moen of Wisconsin Sea Grant joined Brian to tell us more about it.

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