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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 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! 
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:

Michael Monroe & Michael Johnson bring in the New Year on The Roadhouse

Michael Monroe and Michael Johnson joined Buck and Bob New Year's Eve for laughter, chat, and lots of beautiful music.

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Cook County's Most Wanted spotted in Studio A

Dave Seaton and Ann Possis caught  Cook County's Most Wanted in Studio A for music, chat and laughter Dec. 10. The band is Carah Thomas, Rod Dockan, Snuffy Smith, Gary Croft, and Al Oikari.


Friends explore stone building, likely oldest surviving commercial structure in St. Paul

Tom Schroeder and John Yust, two friends from St. Paul, are exploring and renovating a stone building in St. Paul's Uppertown. It's likely the oldest surviving commercial structure in the city.


Surprising discoveries about early history of the Grand Marais area

Local historian Tim Cochrane joined Matthew Brown and Dale Klobuchar Dec. 3 to share highlights from his recent discovery and study of two journals of American Fur Co. employees in the 1820s. You might be surprised at what he learned.


Get through holiday family gatherings with less stress, more fun

Ann Possis spoke recently with William Doherty, family social science professor at the U of MN, about ways to enjoy family and avoid conflict during this holiday season.


Local nurses Patty Doherty & Teresa Borak offer volunteer medical care in Guatemala

Local nurses Teresa Borak and Patty Doherty stopped by the Roadhouse Nov. 26 to talk with Bob about their volunteer medical work with Partner for Surgery in Guatemala. There will be a fundraiser for their efforts Dec. 3 and 4 at Betsy Bowen's Studio in Grand Marais.


Could you run a marathon and a half every day for 100 days straight? This man did

Buck chatted Nov. 26 with Steve Knowlton of Prior Lake, who just finished running across the entire country, 4,000 miles in 100 days, to raise money and awareness for Crohn's disease.


Vietnam veteran and local resident Tom Rawitzer on The Roadhouse

Local business owner and Vietnam veteran Tom Rawitzer stopped in to Studio A Nov. 12 to talk with Bob Carter in observance of Veterans Day.


Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling play The Roadhouse

Musicians Rich Mattson (Ol' Yeller) and Germaine Gemberling brought their guitars to Studio A Nov. 19 to chat and play a few tunes.


Adventurer/author Jon Turk on the mysterious intersection of the natural and the spiritual

Jon Turk stopped in to Studio A Nov. 19 to talk with Buck about his recent book, "The Raven's Gift," his amazing personal journey with a shaman in the Siberian wilderness. He was in Grand Marais for the Winterer's Gathering at North House Folk School.