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Great Northern Radio Show comes to Brainerd Saturday

Aaron Brown will host The Great Northern Radio Show program which will be broadcast live Saturday at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted Photo / Grant Frashier 1 / 2
Rising Americana duo, Joe Hart and Nikki Grossman, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, will be featured on The Great Northern Radio Show during a broadcast program aired live Feb. 9 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted Photo / Micah Robinson2 / 2

The Great Northern Radio Show will broadcast a program live from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Highlighting the program will be a rising Americana duo, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. The show's soulful house rock band led by Katie Houg anchors the program, joined by Brainerd's own singer/songwriter Brady Zierke. This traveling variety program is produced by the Grand Rapids-based Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate covering most of northern Minnesota.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children and students with identifications. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Buy tickets at or call 800-662-5799.

The program will air live on 91.7 FM KAXE in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and the Iron Range, 90.5 KBXE Bagley and Bemidji, 89.9 FM Brainerd and 103.9 FM in Ely.

Through original comedy, stories and music, the Great Northern Radio Show celebrates life in small towns and rural places, a news release stated.

Producer and host Aaron Brown leads a cast through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota. Each show celebrates a location and the people who make it special, sharing the experience with a much wider audience on the radio and online. The show broadcasts four times a year from locations around the state.

"We haven't been to Brainerd since 2012 and we're excited to come back," Brown, a northern Minnesota author and blogger, stated in a release. "The town has had some successes and we want to celebrate them. That's what we do at this show. We mix sharp humor with a feeling of belonging and hope. There's something for everyone to enjoy, and that's not true of most entertainment."

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, a vintage country America duo, features Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart.

"Gifted songwriters, their songs are heartfelt, catchy, humorous, and somehow old-timey and brand new all at the same time," it states on the website "For the Record Country" about the Sapsuckers, a couple from Soldiers Grove, Wis.

The Great Northern Radio Players for this show include C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes, Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes on Foley sound effects, Brett Carter of Bagley, and Nathan Bergstedt of Minneapolis. Special guests from Brainerd will be part of the program as well.

"We try to pack these shows full of surprises, special moments and laughter," Brown stated. "If we do our job right, you have no idea what's going to happen next. Of course, that's also what happens when we do our job wrong."

The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a live stream and podcast at Call Northern Community Radio for more information at 800-662-5799 or visit

The Great Northern Radio Show is made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.