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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:

Talking turkey with the Butterball Turkey Hotline

Bob chatted Nov. 12 with Marty Van Ness, one of 55 home economists who staff the Butterball Turkey Hotline. They're ready to answer your questions now through Christmas Day at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.


Lucas Will & Greg Petry follow their 'Superior Dream' around the Big Lake

Lucas Will and Greg Petry visited with Buck in studio Nov. 12 about their successful Superior Dream expedition, circumnavigating Lake Superior by kayak. Now they're working on a documentary about their adventure.


Ever want to just disappear? Frank Ahearn can help

Frank Ahearn, privacy expert and author of"How to Disappear," spoke with Buck Nov. 5 about privacy and how to fall off the radar.


'Cabinologist' and architect Dale Mulfinger on what makes the perfect cabin

Dale Mulfinger, architect and 'cabinologist,' spoke with Ann Possis Nov. 5 about the Minnesota cabin tradition and what makes a cabin feel just right.


What's the opposite of cold? Sauna!

Michael Nordskog, author of "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition," chatted with Ann Possis Nov. 5 about one of life's great pleasures: the sauna.


Local resident Eric Larsen first ever to reach both Poles and Everest in one year

Explorer Eric Larsen of Grand Marais and Boulder, Colo. recently summitted Everest, becoming the first person ever to reach the North and South Poles and Everest in a single year. He spoke with Buck Oct. 29 about his successful Save the Poles Expedition.


World champion log roller Jenny Atkinson on The Roadhouse

Local part-time resident Jenny Atkinson talked with Buck Oct. 29 about competitive log rolling, the North Shore Rollers kids' team she coaches, and her recovery from breast cancer.


'Biggest loser' contestant O'Neal Hampton starts new fitness program in Tofte

'Biggest Loser' contestant O'Neal Hampton, who lost over 180 lbs., is starting a new live-in weight-loss and nutrition program, Fitness North, at Surfside in Tofte. He spoke with Buck Oct. 22 about what it takes to be successful making big life changes.


'Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian' filmmakers visit Studio A

Filmmakers Stefan Quinth and Bill Beyer talked with Bob recently about "Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian," a light-hearted film series exploring contemporary Scandinavian America. A few Ole & Lena jokes were told in the process.


Barbara Jean and Bump play The Roadhouse

Local musicians Barbara Jean Johnson and Bump Blomberg stopped in to Studio A Oct. 22 to chat and play a few tunes.