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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 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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Split Rock Lighthouse.  Photo by Jim Sorbie via Flickr and Creative Commons

Split Rock Lighthouse commemorates sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

November 10 marked the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members. Every year on that day, Split Rock Lighthouse has held a special memorial beacon lighting and a reading of the crew members names to the tolling of a ships bell.

In the audio below, Roadhouse host Brian Neil spoke with Lee Radzak, site manager of Split Rock Lighthouse just before this year's memorial beacon lighting.


Photo by Jennifer Bong

Folk duo Curtis and Loretta stop by The Roadhouse

Folk duo Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet, better known as Curtis and Loretta performed at the Grand Marais Public Library in October 2018.  Before that performance, they dropped in on The Roadhouse to share some of their songs with us.  You can learn more about Curtis and Loretta here.



MPR's Chief Meteorologist Paul Huttner on memorable weather experiences, music and more

Paul Huttner, MPR's chief meteorologist, recently traveled up the North Shore to play alongside his band, "Suburban Legend."  While in Grand Marais, he stopped by The Roadhouse and chatted with host Julie about his band and, of course, other weather topics.


Throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge - Photo courtesy of Sivertson Gallery

Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere guests join The Roadhouse

Some of the featured guests at the 2018 Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere included throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge, artist and carver Bill Nasogaluak, and a representative from the Canadian Consulate, Rob Pengelly.  Dave spoke with each of them on The Roadhouse about their talents.


Photo by Peter Miller via Flickr and Creative Commons

Local resident and former MLB player Bob Fenwick talks baseball

Bob Fenwick is a former Cook County commissioner and former Major League Baseball player for the Astros and Cardinals.  He joined a special Roadhouse program, broadcast live from the North Shore Winery in Lutsen, to reflect on his major league career.


US Bank Stadium holds up to 70,000 people. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Why are some so obsessed with sports? An expert weighs in

We all probably know at least one person who is all about sports.  But, just why are some of us so into sports?  To answer that question, WTIP invited  Doug Hartmann, professor, and chair of sociology at the University of Minnesota, to join The Roadhouse.  WTIP volunteer Brian Neil spoke with Hartmann about the psychology of being an avid sports fan.


Saints of Circumstance in Studio A

Saints of Circumstance return to The Roadhouse

Northern Wisconsin band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig on the North Shore.  The group is a quartet of David Blong (guitar), Olaf Kirsten (guitar), Jeff Kriner (drums), and Scott McCafferty (bass).  More information about the group can be found here.


Robert Jones and Matt Watroba

Detroit duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba join WTIP for two special in-studio sessions

Detriot Duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba were in Grand Marais for a concert organized by the North Shore Music Association on Friday, October 12.  Prior to the concert, they stopped by the WTIP studios for a special Thirsty Boots hosted by Carl Solander, on Thursday, October 11.  Then on Friday, they joined Ann and Brian on The Roadhouse.   You can learn more about the duo here.


Photo by Stanley Zimny via Flickr and Creative Commons

The science behind fall color changes

We are in the middle of peak fall color season along the North Shore.  Have you ever wondered why the leaves change colors?  To answer that question, we invited Eric Singsaas, director of the Wood and Bioeconomy Initiative at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, to join us on The Roadhouse.  


Photo by Thomas Kohler via Flickr

Minnesota's only solar panel factory opens on the Iron Range

Canadian company Heliene has recently opened a new solar panel manufacturing facility in Mountain Iron, Minn. Scott McLorie is the vice president of business development for Heliene, and he joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about the new solar panel factory.