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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 Dick Swanson & Dave TerSteeg 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:
courtesy Douglas Brooks

Former North House intern Angela Robins studies traditional Japanese boatbuilding

Angela Robins, former intern at North House, was back in town to speak at the Wooden Boat Show about Japanese boatbuilding, which she observed and studied along with researcher/boatbuilder Douglas Brooks. She spoke with Dick June 19 at the live remote broadcast of The Roadhouse from the North House campus. Angela currently works with Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul, and you can learn more about her here.


Maria Nickolay

Maria Nickolay brings original music, gorgeous voice to Studio A

Local singer-songwriter Maria Nickolay stopped by Studio A June 12 to share original music, as well as stories about past and upcoming mission trips to Ireland and other locales. 


Forest Floor

Northern forests most likely will look different as climate warms: Scientist explains

Visitors to northern forests in coming decades will probably see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a recent U of MN study shows. Rebecca Montgomery, associate professor in the forest resources department and one of the researchers on the study, joined Dick June 12 to explain.


Guy Davis

Blues legend Guy Davis in Studio A

Throughout his career, Guy Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible. He was in Grand Marais June 5 & 6 to perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, as well as conduct a special program for kids at the Grand Marais Public Library. We were lucky enough to welcome him to the station, where he played several songs and WTIP blues host Carl Solander chatted with him.


Canoe on Gunflint Lake (Maury Landsman/Flickr)

Cliff Jacobson, renowned outdoors writer and wilderness guide, on camping, canoeing, and more

Cliff Jacobson is one of North America's most respected outdoors writers, wilderness guides, and consultants, and author of more than a dozen top-selling books on camping and canoeing. He's a featured teacher and speaker at the first-ever Boundary Waters Expo June 12-14 at Seagull Lake. He joined Dick recently to chat about what he'll cover at the expo, and lots more. His motto: "Skills are more important than things."


Lake scene, Cook County

Minnesota lakes and streams contaminated by pharmaceuticals, cosmetic ingredients, and more

A new study released by the MN Pollution Control Agency confirms that lakes and streams across Minnesota are contaminated by endocrine-disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic ingredients. The study's author, environmental scientist Mark Ferrey of the MPCA, joined Dave TerSteeg June 5 to explain. You can learn more at



Pete Kavanaugh brings new music to The Roadhouse

Local guitarist and songwriter Pete Kavanaugh stopped by Studio A May 29 with new material and great stories. You can learn more about Pete's music and performance schedule here.


Vintage plastic case radio

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting is under-the-radar gem

The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting focuses on the history of radio and TV broadcasting, especially in Minnesota. Steve Raymer, managing director of the museum since its founding in 1988, joined Buck May 29 to talk about how the museum got started, what they collect, and their educational programs as well. Did you know that in the early 1900s, the radio station on the U of MN campus broadcasted football in Morse code? 


Walleye close-up and personal

New smartphone app lets you help with fisheries management

A new app called iFish Forever allows anglers to anonymously share their catch info, in support of cutting-edge research and responsible management. Prof. Paul Venturelli of the U of MN department of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, helped create the app. He spoke with Dick May 29 about how it works and why it will help the DNR and other entities make better decisions.



Chris Gillis, Gordon Thorne & Randy Sabien live in Studio A

Memorial Day weekend offered several opportunities to hear Chris Gillis (keyboard), Gordon Thorne (guitar) and Randy Sabien (fiddle) play around Cook County. They stopped by The Roadhouse Friday night for a preview with chat, laugh, and great, happy music.