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 Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! News flash: Longtime Roadhouse host Buck Benson is on a bicycle trek pedaling from the equator to the tip of South America. To follow his adventure, see He's due to return to the airwaves in December.
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.


What's On:

Bingham & Thorne play The Roadhouse

Gordon Thorne and Bob Bingham brought their guitar stylings to The Roadhouse May 21.


Photographer Jim Brandenburg on The Roadhouse

Buck Benson and Dave Seaton spoke with world-renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg May 14 about the International League of Conservation Photographers' inclusion of four of his photos in the


Ely in the running for America's Coolest Small Town

LInda Fryer,  Ely Chamber of Commerce director, spoke May 7 with Bob about wacky tourism promotions and the coolest small town contest.


On track to be first to reach North & South Poles, Everest in one year

Grand Marais resident Eric Larsen spoke with Buck May 7 about his Save the Poles Expedition to the world's last great frozen places.


Face south and hold this book over your head

Jonathan Poppele, author of "Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations," spoke with Buck Apr. 30 about his new book.


Teenage entrepreneur starts Twin Cities pedicab service

Colin McCarty, 18-year-old St. Paul high school student, chatted with Buck Apr.


Paul Mayasich plays The Roadhouse

Paul Mayasich brought his gorgeous guitar work to the Roadhouse April 23. Listen to the interview and the music.


Laundry powered by the sun

Rebecca Spengler, owner of A Laundry Room in Ely, spoke with Bob April 23 about the environmental and financial advantages of her solar-hot-water laundromat.


Minnesota Women's Press celebrates 25 years

Bob talked Apr. 16 with Kathy Magnuson, co-publisher of the Minnesota Women's Press, about their 25th anniversary and what's ahead.