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KTWH does Heritage Days!

KTWH does Heritage Days!

It is indeed Heritage Days week in Two Harbors! And we will be broadcasting live for the first time from our station’s Heritage Days booth on Friday and Saturday, and from downtown Two Harbors during the Saturday parade.

Thanks to equipment the station acquired through support from the LaBounty Family Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, KTWH will be broadcasting over four hours of special programming live from Two Harbors’ biggest community event.

On Friday July 7th listeners can tune in at noon for a Heritage Days Download/Preview with co-hosts Jackie Rennwald and Michelle Miller. At 1:30 on Friday the High School Show crew, anchored by youth radio producers Jackson Leon and Sam Knight, will be broadcasting their show live, with a special guest, from the KTWH booth.

On Saturday July 8th there will be a historic and unpredictable culinary uproar when Chef Uriah Hefter broadcasts his Hot Dish Imperative from the KTWH booth at 11am. You can join him in person or via the radio or internet as Uriah takes us on creative recipe adventures. This show will be cookin’ for sure.

The main event will be at 1 pm Saturday. If you can’t make the Heritage Days Parade in person (or even if you can – bring your radio!), catch all the action on KTWH, with Jackie Rennwald and Big Dave Anderson providing colorful commentary about on this most eagerly anticipated cultural tradition. They’ll capture the audio essence of all the many people and groups that strut their stuff at Heritage Days.

Everyone is invited to visit the KTWH booth anytime July 7th through the 9th . It will be facing the Depot on the main drag of vendor village, #41. We will be recording memories of the people stopping by – memories of Two Harbors, of Heritage Days past, of your times spent in the area, family ties, and more. The volunteers and staff will be available to help record your recollections between 2 and 5 pm on both Friday and Saturday.

KTWH will also be hosting a door prize drawing in appreciation of everyone who has welcomed the station to town. Stop by the station’s booth and sign up for the drawing during Heritage Days. Winners will be drawn at random and announced during Monday morning’s Scenic Route show with Jackie Rennwald which airs from 7am to 9am on 99.5 FM, KTWH-LP, also heard online at ktwh.org.

We hope to see you at Heritage Days this weekend!

Sounds from a bear den shared on KTWH

Sounds from a bear den shared on KTWH

On March 25, KTWH’s Saturday Morning Mix aired a special hour devoted to encounters with bears and bear dens. Hosts Fran Kaliher and Peg Zahorik talked about a den they recently visited in northern Wisconsin where they recorded the sounds of the infant cubs and their mother from outside the den, without ever seeing the bears of course. These are some of the sounds recorded on two different occasions, January 28 and February 12 of this year.

The first one records the cubs “squalling” = trying to get comfortable, squirming around, sounding a bit like ducks squawking!

 

This one includes some squalling, then some “chumming” = nursing sounds, not the suckling itself but a sound they make while swallowing the milk; periodic short breaks for a gasp of air, every 3-5 seconds. Sounds like a motor running, or a car trying to start.

 

Two different cubs chumming, two different “pitches” or frequencies

 

Cubs squalling with occasional deep breaths/snores from the mother: listen for these at 5 seconds, 36 seconds and 1 minute. Also a grunt or belch from the mother at about 44 seconds.

 

February 12 now, much chumming, noisier than the earlier visit, mother’s breathing at 10 seconds

 

Starts out with a lull in the action, relatively quiet, panting of cubs, slowly ramp up into chumming interrupted with gasps of breath, mother’s breathing at 8 seconds, 24 seconds and more

 

Check out the photo gallery of photos from the biologists’ visit to this den in March at http://ktwh.org/gallery/from-the-biologists-visit-to-the-bear-den/      The cubs are really cute!

Program Updates for February 2017

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We are happy to introduce two new local music shows in our Friday late afternoon line up. They are CoverAlls with Kim Leon at 5:00pm Fridays – featuring all covers, by famous and lesser-known artists across a wide range of genres from rock and folk to jazz and polka and more;

and Special Topics in Indie and New Wave: Appreciate the depth of indie/college/new wave music (1979-95) as we explore it through a different topic each week, with Katie Williams. Katie’s show airs from 6:05 to 7pm, leading into Dave’s Beat Farm. We are also introducing weekend community events at 6pm on Fridays now.
Peter Bochan’s All Mixed Upan eclectic collage of great music and current-events sound bites, which had aired from 5-7pm on Fridays can still be heard – now from 9-11pm Fridays. 

 

A recent addition is the occasional DJ for a Day, on 2nd and 5th Wednesdays from 7-8:00pm, repeated at 10:00am on Fridays. So far we have had three guest hosts who brought and/or chose their own music, introducing it and playing it with assistance from one of our trained hosts. Two of these hosts have gone on to produce their own shows (Scott Golden – on the program grid as of December – and Kim Leon – whose new show CoverAlls we introduced above), but you may also do it as just a one-time thing. Call 595-6195 to get in line for your turn at the mic. No training is necessary for this gig, a good way to test your enthusiasm for doing your own show eventually.

Local programming is our priority, so there IS still room in our schedule for new local programs – we will happily displace outside programs for good local programming.

If you miss something we changed (mostly outside programs that have been canceled, reruns of them eliminated or the time changed), let us know, we can try to find a slot for anything we should be keeping, but we need to hear from you.

Click below to view our program schedule (subject to change):

ProgramSchedule-Feb24,2017

And click below for a one-line description of our local programs and many outside programs. Most of our outside music programs have self-explanatory names, so to keep it to one page, we include mainly descriptions of non-music outside programs.

Prog Descrips for grid – Feb 2017

Please contact us at ktwh995@gmail.com or 218-595-6195 with your feedback and program suggestions. Send us your show ideas – want to host your own show or just tell us what you would like to hear?

Submit your show idea

Or fill out this Program Proposal Form (pdf) form and email or deliver it to our office.

Radio host shares stellar steel harmonies

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The musical term ‘steel guitar’ usually conjures up notions of twangy country tunes rife with lyrics about heartache and romantic betrayal. Steel Harmony host, Paul Hanson, uses his two-hour Thursday night show to quash that stereotype. Each week he showcases a multi-faceted instrument that has a surprising history and has gone through an amazing evolution over the years.

Like most all of the Two Harbors Community Radio on-air personalities, Paul is a passionate student of the genre that he presents to the public. The student becomes the teacher when he speaks about the history of the instrument and the exact definition of ‘steel guitar’ as a style of music. “It was a result of Captain Cook bringing the Spanish guitar to Hawaii. In 1889, Joseph Kekuku applied a steel bolt to the strings on the neck of an old Spanish Guitar creating the first slide guitar style of playing. He would go on to become internationally famous, touring Europe for years.”

Paul also gave a much more inclusive definition of the steel guitar when he said, “It is really a style of playing as much as it is a particular instrument. There is the slide technique of playing using a steel bar or glass bottleneck like the Dobro used by Delta bluesmen. Then there’s the lap, or Weissenborn, also called the Hawaiian, steel that has a squared off neck and no resonating cavity. And finally, there is the pedal steel that most people have come to associate with country and Texas swing music. The pedal steel, in the hands of a true master like Buddy Emmons, has found homes in such genres as classical, bebop, rock, Dixieland, jazz and even Nigerian Jùjú music. It is more versatile than what most people think.”

As part of the core group of former 80’s KUMD DJs and engineers, Paul was involved in the early efforts to make community radio a reality in Two Harbors. As a result, Steel Harmony was one of the station’s inaugural shows. He credits his neighbor, Dave Slatterly, for mentoring him in the rich history of the steel guitar, without which the show would have followed a different path.

Steel Harmony airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. and re-airs Saturdays at 4 p.m. KTWH-LP, 99.5 FM, is a volunteer run non-profit serving the town of Two Harbors and surrounding area with a broadcast range of 10 miles. It streams online at ktwh.org.

A heartfelt Heritage Day thank you

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Two Harbors Community Radio would like to thank everyone who stopped by the KTWH Heritage Days booth to show their support this past weekend.

Many of those visitors were former residents who were pleasantly surprised that Two Harbors now has a real-time source for community news, severe weather information, music, and entertainment. A surprising number of these hometown visitors were already aware of the station and were frequent listeners via KTWH’s live streaming feature at ktwh.org.

THCR would also like to thank its many volunteers for the time and effort they contributed towards making Heritage Days 2016 a rousing success. Just as crucial as the volunteers who set up, maintained and staffed the Heritage Days booth were those who stayed behind to man the boards back at the station. It is this type of coordinated effort that makes possible the day to day operation of the station and the services it provides to the community.

A round of applause is in order for both Arna Rennan and Dave Anderson for their special participation. Arna, the host of Nordic Roots, christened the Heritage Days main stage with her performance of Scandinavian folk and dance tunes on accordion. Big Dave’s Beat Farm and his band of Beat Farmers endured the midday sun as they rolled through town dispensing good will and candy for children of all ages.

Congratulations are due to the three lucky winners in the Two Harbors Community Radio Heritage Days Prize Drawing:

● Taking home the all-in-one entertainment unit was Steven Keech.

● Brad Ronning chose the one night’s stay for two at The Inn at Gitchee Gumee.

● Winner of the John & Susanne Bathke donated loon artwork was Tim Lekatz.

For everyone we have yet to thank, such as content contributors, underwriters and the people who drop off baked goods at the station, etc., thank you for your support.

KTWH-LP, 99.5 FM, is a volunteer run non-profit serving the town of Two Harbors and surrounding area with a broadcast range of 10 miles. It streams online at ktwh.org. Big Dave’s Beat Farm airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. and repeats again Sundays at 3 p.m. Nordic Roots airs Mondays at 9 a.m. and again Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Big Dave’s Beat Farmers Fling Fun

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Two Harbors Community Radio’s very own Dave Anderson, host of Big Dave’s Beat Farm, and his band of Beat Farmers helped celebrate Heritage Days with their entry in the annual parade.

 

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Big Dave’s Beat Farm airs an upbeat mix of Tex/Mex, Blues, Boogie, Swing and much more. Each show includes a segment which features an area musician or band as an in-studio guest. The show can be heard Friday nights at 7 PM on KTWH-LP 99.5 FM or live streamed on ktwh.org. It is rebroadcast Sundays at 3 PM.

THCR Program Producer Presents Punk Pioneers

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KTWH radio personality Kristina Rafn takes the audience to school with a two-part documentary presentation detailing the evolution of punk rock from its 60’s art scene roots, its exportation to the UK where it went supernova, and its influence on mainstream culture.

Each one-hour segment is a separately produced program and will follow Ms. Rafn’s regular Sunday 8-9 PM Digital Vinyl timeslot over a two-week period starting June 12th.

The first installment, The Pioneers of Punk, explores how Andy Warhol’s NYC art scene was embraced and transformed by that city’s economically disaffected youth during the 70’s.

In Part two, The Punk Invasion, the nascent genre getting no American airplay in the era of Disco, finds a home in the UK and evolves into a worldwide phenomenon.

Ms. Rafn, an avid music fan of alternative music since her late 80’s childhood, sees punk as being more than the soundtrack for protest, “When people think about punk, they think angry British people with Mohawks, but to me, punk is fun happy music.” Kristina also finds it empowering. “One of my favorite things about punk music is the place women hold in it. All-female bands like Mudwimin, Frightwig, Tragic Mulatto do not fit into the stereotypical sex goddess role. Punk audiences aren’t looking for glam, they want someone with an opinion that can rock.”

Digital Vinyl is a Two Harbors Community Radio produced weekly presentation of Kristina’s favorite upbeat alternative and punk rock classics.

2nd Annual Cabin Fever Reliever – this weekend, February 27!

2nd Annual Cabin Fever Reliever – this weekend, February 27!

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Two Harbors Community Radio brings our town its second annual variety show under very different circumstances this year. Last year we were still fundraising to “raise the antenna” – literally! We were successful and the variety show had a big hand in getting us ON-THE-AIR on September 13, 2015.

This year we are helping support on-going operations of our volunteer-driven community radio station with this fundraiser. It will be an enjoyable way for the community to support us while providing a platform for some of our local talent. The shows will not be broadcast live, but will be aired on KTWH 99.5FM/ktwh.org sometime this spring.

We have expanded to two shows, hoping not to have to turn anyone away at the door this time. There will be a 2:00pm matinee, tickets only $5, and a 7:00pm performance, tickets still reasonable at $8.

Check out the story in this week’s paper including the shows’ line-ups of all-local talent at:

http://www.lcnewschronicle.com/community/events/3951397-cabin-fever-reliever-variety-show-returns-two-shows

We want to THANK our business sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Sonju Motors, as well as Judy’s Cafe, Danny’s Auto Body, North Shore Journal,  Thrivent Financial, North Shore Federal Credit Union, Granite Gear, Lake County News Chronicle, Two Harbors Federal Credit Union, and BuiltRite Manufacturing. They are helping make this fundraiser a great success!

New Year’s Day: Atz Kilcher on Dave’s Beat Farm

New Year’s Day: Atz Kilcher on Dave’s Beat Farm

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Atz Kilcher, perhaps best known in this area as the main character of a successful reality show on the Discovery Channel, Alaska: The Last Frontier,  is also a master storyteller and renowned Alaska folk musician along with recording in the areas of country music and pop.  He will be in Two Harbors on New Years Day and appearing on Dave”s Beat Farm Friday evening. This special episode of the Beat Farm will start at 6:00pm and go until the usual 9:00pm. He is planning to write a song about Two Harbors for his appearance.
He and his first wife. singer Lenedra Carroll, are the parents of Songwriter/Singer Jewel.
Also appearing on the show are Dave’s and Atz’s mutual friends,  Pete Frothingham and Bonnie Rose from Arlington, Washington. Pete and Bonnie are accomplished singer/songwriters and were guests on a previous show recorded in July 2015 (not yet aired). Bonnie of course is a Two Harbors area native.
The link below is Atz and his daughter “Jewel” on (I think) the Grand Ol Opera,  doing the theme song from the show.
Christmas Eve Day programming on KTwH

Christmas Eve Day programming on KTwH

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7:00 – 9:00am: Michelle’s Miller’s regular (not decaff!) Grounds Control

9:00 – noon: Michelle Miller’s Christmas Miscellany:

9:00          “Auntie Claus” read by Mary Klausen

10:00        More readings, poetry, reflections and seasonal music from Michelle M

11:00        The Hotdish Imperative – all things holiday in the culinary field (with Chef Uriah Hefter)

Noon – 5:00pm: Fran’s Holiday Miscellany

12:00 – community events, holiday programming preview; holiday traditions; some alphorn and

yodeling from Switzerland; German carols

12:30 – Children’s Storytime – with a Christmas theme

1:00 –  “Three Wise Guys”, a Damon Runyon story read by Tom Koehler; and Christmas on the plantation: African American culinary researcher Michael Twitty on customs and celebrations of enslaved Americans during the Christmas season, interviewed by KTWH volunteer Gerri Williams.

2:00 – a multi-cultural holiday special from Pacifica Archives: the making of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; some Christmas music from Mexico; and “Dreidels and Donuts: a Hanukkah Story”

3:00 – Upstate Radio Theater: Dragnet, “The Big Little Jesus” 1953;

3:30 – With Good Reason, A’Caroling – three stories about the impact of music on our lives

4:00 – 5:00 – 1939 recording of Cambell’s Playhouse; Orson Welles narrates “A Christmas Carol”, starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebeneezer Scrooge.

5:00 – sign off