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Harvest Moon Gala – dinner and entertainment!

Harvest Moon Gala – dinner and entertainment!

i Oct 2nd No Comments by

Update: see the photo gallery of highlights from our Harvest Moon Gala at here

 

Two Harbors Community Radio is proud to announce its first fall event that will bring together community in the old way—with music, food, and things to buy.   The Harvest Moon Gala will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the American Legion on 1st Avenue in Two Harbors, beginning at 5:30pm with a silent auction, cash bar and social hour.  At 6:00 a plated dinner will be served, prepared by a professional chef.  The three-course plated lasagna dinner includes a harvest salad, artisan bread and gourmet cupcakes for dessert.  A vegetarian & gluten free option, of the same menu, is available.  Only 50 tickets are being sold for dinner, so contact the KTWH Studio in the Harbor Landing Building soon!  The $30 ticket includes dinner, the silent auction and the concert.  $10 tickets are also available for the concert only, details below.

The concert begins at 7:15pm and will include local entertainers Jim Madison and Ron Koivisto, Ladyslipper belly dancing troupe of Duluth, Shane Dickey storyteller, and singer-songwriter Shane Nelson with his band Crescent Moon.  Throughout the evening a silent auction will offer over 70 items up for bid including local art and jewelry, gift certificates for many local businesses and venues, a variety of baskets filled with goodies and even a handcrafted pie.

Tickets are available at KTWH Studios in the Harbor Landing Building and at Cedar Coffee Company. $30 for dinner (50 tickets only, available only at KTWH Studio, must be purchased in advance), $10 for auction/concert only pre-sale (available at both venues), and $15 for auction/concert at the door.  Join us for a good time!

 

Coming Soon – Fall Fund Drive, Harvest Moon Gala

Coming Soon – Fall Fund Drive, Harvest Moon Gala

i Sep 23rd No Comments by
KTWH recently marked our second anniversary on the air, and we are proud of it! We continue to grow and add new local programming – most recently George’s Hootenanny ’17, featuring 60’s-era folk revival classics and lesser-knowns (Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm.) More new shows are in the works, and live high school sports coverage is now a regular feature (next football game: Friday September 29, 6:55pm.) We have recently gotten positive feedback on our programming from at least three continents!
Along with our second anniversary comes our second Annual Fall FUNd DriveWhat?! you say – didn’t we just have an on-air fund drive recently? Indeed we did, we held a special summer FUNd Drive in July to give our summer residents and visitors a chance to show their support for our station. It was a success, we met our goal.
But we realize while some listeners are only around in the summer, many are also gone for parts of the summer and might have missed out on the opportunity to show their support to this unique and vital part of our community.
Therefore, you are invited to show your support this week, September 25-30, and also to consider becoming a sustaining supporter of our radio service. Sustainers help our financial planning immensely with regular monthly donations of whatever amount they are comfortable with. We currently have sustainers giving from $5 to $30 monthly.
You are welcome to contribute here at any time, and check out the premiums available here. Enjoy the special features many of our programmers will add to their shows this week for FUNd Drive, and call in your support to 218-595-6195 during your favorite show or mention it in comments when you visit our website’s donation page.
Note the above poster for our HARVEST MOON GALA EVENT, October 14, at the American Legion in Two Harbors, lower level. Details are on the poster, but note that dinner ticket sales are limited in number (stop by our studio for yours soon), and entertainment tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. It will be a great time, to be missed!!! (more details coming in another post soon!)
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!

Celebrating Hugo Hellman on KTWH

Celebrating Hugo Hellman on KTWH

i May 26th No Comments by

UPDATE: The hour long Hugo Hellman special is now available to listen to, just click HERE

KTWH will be airing an hour-long special, “Hugo Hellman, the Strongest Man in Brimson, in His Own Voice”, on Sunday May 28 at 7:00pm. It will be repeated Monday morning in what is usually the Classic Country Detour slot at 9:00am.

Hugo shares a lot of history about growing up in Brimson/Toimi and making a living there in an interview done in August, 2015. You also get to hear Hugo’s daughter Gerri on the accordion, recorded about the same time at the Brimson Farmers’ Market which happens Saturday mornings during the summer at Hugo’s in Brimson. Don’t miss out on this special program about this special man.

We expect to have the program posted here on our website later in the Memorial Day week – check back to listen at your leisure.

Honoring Mothers and all Women this Mothers Day!

Honoring Mothers and all Women this Mothers Day!

i May 3rd No Comments by

UPDATE: Our collection of Mothers’ Day Tributes will air Sunday May 14, at 2:30PM and again at 9:00PM! Mychele Anderson and Julie Luchsinger will host the collection of recordings from kids to elders! Thanks to all of those who contributed to making this a Special Mothers’ Day on KTWH!

Michelle Miller will intersperse the early Mother’s Day dedications in her Grounds Control show Thursday morning. 

There are so many ways to honor mothers on Mothers’ Day – flowers, candy, a card, a special meal or gift, even a billboard!

Two Harbors Community Radio is offering a novel way to show appreciation for the mothers in our lives this year. Your message to a mother, whether your own, the mother of your children, or any woman who has made a difference to you, may be broadcast on KTWH 99.5FM this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14.
Your message can be delivered in three different ways: record the message yourself in the KTWH studio by appointment, send a sound file you have recorded on your smart phone or other device, or send the station a written message to be read for you. Maximum length is 30 seconds or about 75 words.

The deadline for submissions and studio recording sessions is noon Saturday, May 13. Messages received before Thursday, May 11 will also be broadcast during that morning’s Grounds Control morning show with Michelle Miller, between 7 and 9am. Contact KTWH at 218-595-6195ktwh995@gmail.com, or PO Box 622, Two Harbors, 55616.

Watch our Two Harbors Community Radio Facebook page and this website’s postings or listen to us at 99.5FM for details of the broadcast times for the special Mothers’ Day messages.
Personal messages such as birthday greetings, graduation congratulations, etc. maybe broadcast any day on KTWH for a $10 donation. In the case of Mothers’ Day (and Fathers’ Day of course!) however this service is offered free to listeners in appreciation of their support.

Host Harvest Musical Memories

i Sep 17th No Comments by

Most everyone who grew up in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, knew someone like Robert Johnson, host of Two Harbors Community Radio’s ‘Harvest Program.’ A young adult with a massive record collection and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of music. They were the go-to person who could settle any disagreement concerning the members of a band or the author of a particular song. Ever wonder what happened to such people after high school or college?

In Robert’s case, his passion for music did not fade away as the years progressed. While attending college in Staples, MN he used a major portion of his $1500 of what would now be called his Student Loan to travel to Minneapolis and purchase over 100 vintage albums. After college, he found work in San Jose at a record factory which led to a position at one of Tower Records flagship stores. From there it was onto community radio station KKUP in Cupertino, CA. It was here he became enamored with the somewhat legendary KFAT in Gilroy, CA. KFAT (now KPIG) was notable as a freeform alternative country station and was also responsible for many of the comedic parodies of radio ads that proliferated on the airwaves during the 80’s. He eventually returned to Minnesota and spent 12 years working the record section of Carlson Books in Duluth.

The Harvest Program is very aptly named in that over the years Robert has separated the wheat from the chaff, preserving the very best from each decade of vinyl. The music heard is a mixture of blues, country, folk, jazz, and rock that flows seamlessly from one song to another. The background and history provided for the various tunes of interest is presented in a friendly matter of fact manner. What the listener does not see when the mic is off and the music is playing is that the DJ/host/producer is rocking out like 15 year old headbanger with the speakers at full volume.

One of the inaugural programs that launched KTWH during its first week on the air, it can be heard ‘live’ Tuesday mornings at 9 AM. It is rebroadcast at noon on Saturdays.

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.

 

Northwoods Archive: Archivist’s Ambitious Undertaking

i Aug 28th No Comments by

Two Harbors Community Radio’s program description for the Monday night music show, Northwoods Archive, lists it as “a musical sojourn exploring a common thread.”

When host Shane Dickey was asked how he goes about selecting a particular theme for the show, he replied, “There’s not a solid theme for each show, it’s more of a feeling I’m having that day that connects each song.”

Much like making a mixtape with a friend in mind, the content of the show is a means for Dickey to connect and communicate with his audience via the medium of music. The show is a mixture of genres as well as a blend of both lesser and more well-known artists.

Because he is a music archivist in his personal life as well as managing the station’s collection, his broad goal is to play only one song per artist in order to showcase as many musicians as possible.

“As much as I love Brother Ray, if I play ‘One Mint Julip’ that means Mr. Charles is forever off limits,” Dickey said. “It is easy to fall into a rut by allowing yourself to use prolific artists like Ray Charles, Prince, or even the band Chicago as ‘go to’ fillers in a playlist. The challenge is to keep it fresh. If I want to play ‘Georgia on My Mind’ now that Ray Charles has had his turn, I will select another artist that has covered it. Sometimes that version is a much better fit than if I had gone straight to Ray.”

Dickey developed an interest in music both new and old during the 80’s. Like a lot of kids, he got his start by rummaging through his grandparents’ and parents’ vinyl record collections. But it was hearing the Beatles for the first time that truly fanned the flames of his musical passion.

While not one of the founding Two Harbors Community Radio volunteers, Dickey has become an integral member. Board member, mentor, program producer and host, and manager of the station’s music archives are some of the titles he holds.

Northwoods Archive airs Mondays at 7 p.m. and re-airs Fridays at 3 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.

Cooking, Clapton and cream of mushroom soup

i Aug 7th No Comments by

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Most people would not think to turn on the radio to experience their favorite cooking show but that is the aim of chef Uriah Hefter, host of The Hotdish Imperative on Two Harbors Community Radio.
“I wanted to create a show for those interested in cooking that I, myself, would actually listen to whenever it aired,” he said.

The weekly program is a blend of music, humor and food preparation instruction. The music for each show is selected to loosely complement the main dish through a shared commonality. If the focus of the program is about baking bread there is a better than average chance that the 1960’s and 70’s rock band Bread will see some air-play that day.

It would be easy for the average person to think to themselves, “A show about cooking? On the radio? He doesn’t do magic tricks, as well, does he?” To overcome for the lack of visuals that cooking shows on TV have traditionally relied on, during the broadcast Hefter closes his eyes and attempts to describe, in detail, each step of the preparation process.

“I would imagine that if you walked past the studio while I was in ‘explanation mode,’ you would most likely assume that I’d lost all mental capacity, or was experiencing a stroke at minimum,” he said.

Hefter, originally from Kansas City, Mo., met his wife, a Sauk Centre native, while in the City of Fountains. From there they moved to Iowa for a few years, but both had a yearning to make Northern Minnesota their permanent home. They are now going on their fifth year in the area.

A graduate of the culinary arts school at Indian Hills College in Ottumwa, Iowa, Hefter has honed his skills at small mom and pop owned kitchens, catering companies and large corporate operations. His preference is for smaller restaurants whereby he has oversight of aspects of the operation or as he puts it, “I like to have my fingers in lots of pies.”

The Hotdish Imperative airs Thursday at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. 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.

Making and Remembering Heritage History

i Jul 8th No Comments by

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There are plenty of things for the whole family to do during the Heritage Days celebration. Two Harbors Community Radio is back again this year with more to see and hear.  The THCR booth will be located in the Vendor area near the Historic Depot. Volunteers will be on-hand to hand out KTWH-LP 99.5 FM program schedules as well as answer questions about the station and its mission.

On Friday, July 8th, starting at 11 AM, Nordic Roots host, and on-air personality Arna Rennan will be kicking things off on the Heritage Days stage performing a selection of Scandinavian dance tunes on accordion.

Saturday from 9 to 11 AM the radio station, 99.5 FM, will air rebroadcasts of two shows that will be of interest to residents and visitors alike.

  • Harbor Theater Recollections –  recorded in October of 2014 during the Harbor Theater History Celebration. Fans and former patrons reflect on this long-standing local icon.
  • The Dixie Bar & Grill – June 27th marked a sad day for local residents. On-air personality Jackie Rennwald interviews former owner Terry Hood as well as Dave Anderson about the history of this now vanished landmark.

Both shows will air again on Sunday, July 10th starting at 11 AM.

Saturday at 1 PM watch for KTWH’s very own Dave Anderson, host of Big Dave’s Beat Farm, and his Beat Farm float in the Heritage Days Parade.

Sunday at 12 noon Two Harbors Community Radio will hold a drawing for three awesome prizes including:

  • A 6-in-one Nostalgic Entertainment Center which features both CD and cassette players, turntable, FM radio, plus Bluetooth technology.
  • Artwork donated by John & Susanne Bathke.
  • Certificate for a one-night stay at The Inn at Gitchee Gumee.

New Show Premiere! Sunday at 7 PM will mark the start of the weekly hour-long program, Hear Tomorrow.  The show profiles new music and artists (of every genre) that might not otherwise be getting the attention they deserve.

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.

Honorarium enables ‘High School Half Hour’

i Jun 24th No Comments by

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“It seemed like the perfect way for me to apply my interests and develop my skills,” said Sam Knight. Sam is one of the Two Harbors High School students responsible for the weekly production of The High School Show which airs Fridays & Saturdays at 1:30 PM. The young Mr. Knight joined the team as a self-taught audio engineer/editor.

The High School Show, a half hour of music and news relevant to all ages, is part of the Youth Radio Initiative which is funded via a grant from the Northland Foundation. The initiative seeks to promote intergenerational grassroots participation in a variety of endeavors throughout Northern Minnesota. Some of its goals are assisting students in acquiring the production skills and interview techniques required to produce a weekly show, developing relationships with mentors in business, government, and civic organizations, as well as a knowledge transfer from senior to freshmen participants in the program.

The program is overseen by on-air personality Mychele, who spearheaded a similar project while working in radio on the Iron Range. The students describe her as an easy going and accepting mentor who champions and relishes their uniqueness. She speaks glowingly of these young adults when she recounts lessons learned from them and tales of the 120+ hours of volunteer effort the students have contributed to various projects both in and outside the studio.

The credit for the show’s inception goes to THHS student Dale Peterson, who submitted the initial proposal for the High School Show. Dale was already somewhat of an accomplished interviewer and reporter before KTWH went live. He served as Two Harbors Community Radio’s ‘man on the scene’ during a 2015 summer food networking event and has conducted many of the interviews during the H.S.S.’s early days.

The Leon brothers, David & Jackson, make up the other half of the student production team for the show. Jackson, the subject of an interview by Dale, enjoyed himself so much during his time in the station that he joined the team. His brother David soon joined him. Both plan to pursue careers related to radio and audio/visual engineering.

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.