David Glenn, Two Harbors Community Radio
Listening to Arna Rennan speak about her heritage and the folk music of the Nordic regions of Europe, one almost feels envious of being in the presence of someone so heavily steeped in their cultural history. Arna spent a total of 15 years on three different occasions living in Norway. Her third foray in 2002, to study music at the Norwegian Folk Culture school at the Campus Rauland in the borough of Vinje, lasted one year.
Friday, Nov. 11, Two Harbors Community Radio will launch its first ever podcast centered around KTWH's The Veterans Show, produced and hosted by Vince Sando. For those readers unfamiliar with podcasting, it is a service which provides notification after new content becomes available on your favorite blog, news site or webcast. A wide variety of applications can be easily configured to subscribe to this or other podcasts.
All branches of the military have a sarcastic adage that states, "Never volunteer for anything." This quip may hold true for an organization with somewhat baffling management practices, but for communities such as ours, those offering up their time, effort and resources are crucial to its continued health and prosperity. Becoming a volunteer benefits both the community and the individual.
Host Jackie Rennwald describes her Monday morning show, "The Scenic Route," as an upbeat mix of news, weather and music of many genres, from music popular in decades past to classic country and big band. Part of KTWH's early morning Grounds Control series, she shares the spotlight during the week with DJ's Anderson, Babeu, and Miller. There is a rotating guest host each Friday to round out the lineup.
Zak Williams, host of Two Harbors Community Radio's Wednesday morning program Southern Crossroads, is a seventh generation Texan. He was also a military kid who grew up around the world, when asked to recount any exotic locales he jokingly rattles off, "Germany, Guam, and Kincheloe in the U.P."
It is often said that to become a writer one must become an avid reader. Logic might also suggest that to become a great storyteller one must learn to listen. Erika Adams, host of the Tale Collector on Two Harbors Community Radio, naturally embodies both of these traits. As someone born with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) she has had to develop a laser-like focus as the 'disorder' makes it difficult to screen out background noise. She is also a budding author in her own right.
The musical term 'steel guitar' usually conjures up notions of twangy country tunes rife with lyrics about heartache and romantic betrayal. Steel Harmony host, Paul Hanson, uses his two-hour Thursday night show to quash that stereotype. Each week he showcases a multi-faceted instrument that has a surprising history and has gone through an amazing evolution over the years.
Two Harbors Community Radio's program description for the Monday night music show, Northwoods Archive, lists it as "a musical sojourn exploring a common thread." When host Shane Dickey was asked how he goes about selecting a particular theme for the show, he replied, "There's not a solid theme for each show, it's more of a feeling I'm having that day that connects each song."
Dave Anderson was always a musical child. In the same manner, most kids were scolded by their parents for sitting too close to the TV. Dave was prone to hugging the family radio, with his head and ear pressed firmly against the speaker until reprimanded by his mother. It is this love for music that leads inevitably to his learning guitar and the formation of his first band Dave & the Wharf Rats in 1960.
Two Harbors Community Radio would like to thank everyone who stopped by the KTWH Heritage Days booth to show their support this past weekend. Many of those visitors were former residents who were pleasantly surprised that Two Harbors now has a real-time source for community news, severe weather information, music and entertainment. A surprising number of these hometown visitors were already aware of the station and were frequent listeners via KTWH's live streaming feature at ktwh.org.