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:
old Grand Marais building

Cook County resident Gene Glader authors book on historic downtown Grand Marais

Longtime Cook County resident Gene Glader stopped by The Roadhouse New Year's Day to discuss his new book about the history of local structures, "Downtown Grand Marais." Hear the interview.

Lake Superior Brewing Co.

Lake Superior Brewing Co. wins gold medal

Buck and Ann chatted Dec. 18 with Dale Kleinschmidt, head brewer at Lake Superior Brewing Co.


Saving the Best for Last: Creating Your LIfe After 50

The authors of a new book for women at midlife, Joyce Kramer, Renee Fisher, and Jean Peelen, talked with Ann Dec. 11 about "Saving the Best for Last: Creating Your Life After 50." Learn more about the authors' work. Listen to the interview.


Lexicographer Christine Lindberg on the 2009 Word of the Year

Bob and Ann chatted Dec. 4 with Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer at Oxford University Press, about the 2009 Word of the Year: unfriend. Find out more about Word of the Year and the runners-up. Listen to the interview.


Dave Watson first to ski down K2, world's second-highest mountain

Buck and Bob talked with Dave Watson of the Twin Cities, who recently became the first person to ski down K2, the world's second-highest mountain. Learn more about his adventure. Listen to the interview.


Sami Rasouli, Iraqi & American citizen, founder of Muslim Peacemaker Teams

Bob and Buck spoke Nov. 20 with Sami Rasouli, founder of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq, whose mission is to work together for peace, unity and self-sufficiency in the face of the current violence. Sami's message is based on principles of nonviolence from the Koran. Learn more about MPT at Listen to the interview.

Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, bluegrass masters, perform live on the Roadhouse

Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, in town from Nashville for the 19th Annual Bluegrass Master's Weekend at Lutsen Resort, performed in-studio Nov. 13. Listen to the music and interview.


Ed Wood Jr., WW II veteran, to appear on PBS special about veterans and their war experiences

Ed Wood Jr., World War II veteran, spoke with Buck and Bob Nov. 6 about his war experiences and how they affected the rest of his life. Listen to the interview.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse centennial and Edmund Fitzgerald commemoration

Lee Radzak, historic site manager for Split Rock Lighthouse, joined Roger Linehan and Ann Possis Oct. 30 to discuss the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting as well as the upcoming centennial of the lighthouse in 2010. Learn more  Listen to the interview.


Sue Leaf, author of "The Bullhead Queen," chats about her new book

Bob and Buck talked with Sue Leaf Oct. 23. She's the author of "The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake,"  a collection of meditations on places she sees every day on Pioneer Lake near Center City, Minnesota. Listen to the interview.