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.
Our special program on Mothers’ Day of dedications to mothers from kids aged 12 to 78 was so well received, we decided to post it here for the appreciation of all. While listening, think about creating your tribute to a father in your life for Fathers’ Day – coming right up on June 18!
Messages (written or sound files) may be submitted by email or by coming into our studio to record in your own voice. Just call 218-595-6195 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment or relay a message by June 16.
*featured in the photo – Mothers’ Day Show host Mychele with daughter Jessica
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 218-595-6195, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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!
Two Harbors Community Radio will be hosting its 3rd annual Cabin Fever Reliever music and entertainment extravaganza at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. Expanding to a larger place due to high demand, this year’s Cabin Fever Reliever will showcase a wide variety of artists and styles, all homegrown, all with unique energies. The line-up includes bands like the Northwoods Band and THUG as well as many high school performers like Erika Pelach with her guitar, singer-songwriters like Hannah Rey, oral storytellers like Shane Dickey, and folk musicians like Arna Rennan. Gail Francis will perform a cappella, Nancy McGibbon will be on the ukulele, and Meghan Cavallin will be there with her guitar. The intermission will be punctuated with “Just for Kix” middle school dance teams from Two Harbors. This is a something-for-everyone event.
The Cedar Coffee Company will be selling gourmet coffee and treats before the show and at intermission, and free snacks and drinks are available as well.
Tickets will be on sale after Feb. 6 at KTWH Mon-Fri. 1-5 pm (Harbors Landing Building, corner of 7thAve. and 7th St. in Two Harbors) or at the Cedar Coffee Company (1130 11th St., just north of Shopko): $10 adults ($8 in advance), $5 seniors, $3 kids under 5, $25 for a family. Tickets also available at the door.
Two Harbors Community Radio (KTWH) 99.5 fm is a non-profit radio station that provides low power listener-supported radio to build community in the greater Two Harbors area through inter-generational grassroots participation. Two Harbors Community Radio offers an open forum for all voices to be heard in an atmosphere of respectful inquiry into our shared social issues and respective cultural expressions and beliefs.
Follow Two Harbors high school athletes this season on KTWH-LP, 99.5 FM, or stream the games here at ktwh.org. KTWH will feature play by play of six basketball games and two hockey games in this inaugural season of live game coverage. Read more about our sports broadcast season here
The schedule for the broadcast season is:
Game Date Day Opponent Time Radio coverage start
Girls’ B-Ball Dec 19 Mon McGregor 7:15 (7:05)
Girls’ Hockey Dec. 22 Thurs Pequot Lakes 7:00 (6:50)
Boys’ Hockey Jan.10* Tues Greenway CANCELLED 7:00 (6:50)
Boys’ B-ball Jan. 20 Fri Silver Bay 7:15 (7:05)
Girls’ B-ball Jan. 24 Tues Eveleth-Gilbert 7:15 (7:05)
Boys’ B-Ball Feb 3 Fri Moose Lake/Willow R. 7:15 (7:05)
Girls’ B-ball Feb. 16 Thurs Esko 7:15 (7:05)
Boys’ B-ball Feb. 28 Tues Proctor 7:15 (7:05)
*Make-up January 10 hockey broadcast – was rescheduled to January 30, but that too was cancelled due to weather!
The broadcasts are made possible by a grant from the LaBounty Family Fund, support from underwriting businesses Seagren’s True Value Hardware and Maher Trucking of Two Harbors, and through the continued support of loyal listeners. We hope to expand coverage of live events in the community on KTWH in the years to come. Give us feedback at email@example.com or call 218-595-6195!
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;
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):
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.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It is often said that to become a writer one must become an avid reader. Logic might also suggest that to become a great storyteller one must learn to listen. Erika Adams, host of the Tale Collector on Two Harbors Community Radio, naturally embodies both of these traits. As someone born with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) she has had to develop a laser-like focus as the ‘disorder’ makes it difficult to screen out background noise. She is also a budding author in her own right.
Erika’s book entitled ‘Allie’s Adventure on the Wonder’ is loosely based on Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland.” It tells the tale of a young woman with APD and her adventures. It was through promoting her book that Erika first met KTWH volunteer Michelle Miller at the Two Harbors Public Library. Adams was there to donate a copy of her book when she struck up a conversation with Michelle that led to the suggestion that Erika should host a show.
Tale Collector is a monthly 15-minute review of tales told via book, music, movie or video game. Adams on-air delivery has overtones of Levar Burton’s Reading Rainbow in that there is nothing either infantile or pompous in her tone. Her voice has the measured cadence of someone who has spent years reading aloud for all ages. As Erika discusses the deeper meaning of the symbols used in a narrative, one gets strong hints of Joseph Campbell and his ability to zero in on the story’s central message.
Adams’ growing catalog of shows includes a review of the 2010 video game Limbo. The player guides an unnamed boy through a 2D side-scrolling environment as he searches for his sister and tries to avoid danger. It uses minimalist black and white imagery to create a film noir effect that is reminiscent of Indonesian shadow puppetry.
“I liked this game,” she says, “because of the minimalist aspects in both the artwork and the storytelling. Like a great book or a 1940’s era radio drama, it leaves enough blank space for the player to fill in the back story and missing pieces from their own imagination.”
Tale Collector airs bi-weekly on Fridays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. KTWH-LP, 99.5 FM, is a volunteer-driven non-profit serving the town of Two Harbors and surrounding area with a broadcast range of 10 miles. It streams online at ktwh.org.
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.
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.