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Statewide Radio show to perform live in Grand Forks December

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Category: Radio

“Dakota Air: The Radio Show” coming to the Grand Cities

Grand Forks, ND, November 9, 2010—Fargo production company Prairie Airwaves has announced that the monthly live radio program Dakota Air: The Radio Show will perform in Grand Forks at the Empire Arts Center on Saturday, December 11, at 7 p.m. The show will air later in the month on the statewide Prairie Public Broadcasting radio network.

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of performing at this historic venue,” said the show’s executive producer Merrill Piepkorn.  “Dakota Air: The Radio Show in the Empire Arts Center—it’s a perfect match. People who attend and listen to the show will learn a little something about the area they didn’t know before, and I know they’ll enjoy the slate of amazingly talented local entertainment, too.”

Cathy Foy, Executive Director of the Empire Arts Center, said “The Empire Arts Center is excited to be a part of this astounding radio venture that will showcase Grand Forks and North Dakota talent.” She added, “The Empire is known for being a prime spot for arts and culture in the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. We are honored to have this incredible opportunity to work with Merrill and be a part of the first Dakota Air season.”

The show will follow an old-fashioned radio variety format featuring “The Radio Stars,” a band introduced to the nation during the performance of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” in Bismarck in 2009. It will also feature original comedy by professional acting company “The Dakota Airheads” under the creative direction of humorist and writer Steve Stark, and bits of fascinating history about the Grand Cities.

Local guest stars include champion yodeler Janet Sorenson; guitar player and builder (and plastic surgeon!) Dr. Kevin Muiderman; and East Grand Forks legendary saxophonist Maury Finney, who has charted twelve times on Billboard’s country-singles charts.

Tickets are $16 general admission and are available by calling the Empire Arts Center at 701.746.5500, or by stopping at any of Grand Forks’ three Gate City Bank locations. A portion of ticket sales will go to benefit the Empire Arts Center.

The mission of Dakota Air: The Radio Show is to provide a high-quality, live radio show that entertains, educates and inspires audiences by featuring talent from across the region while showcasing a bit of culture and history about the location from which each show originates.  In addition to Prairie Public’s radio broadcasts, playback of the shows will also be available worldwide on demand at www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com <http://www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com> .

Corporate sponsors are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Farmers Union of North Dakota and Gate City Bank.  Prairie Public is the radio-broadcast partner.  The show is also supported in part by a grant written by the Empire Arts Center and received from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which obtains funding from the ND state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

First-season performances of Dakota Air: The Radio Show will take place live monthly at locations across North Dakota from September through May. See www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com <http://www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com> for live and broadcast schedules. For more show and ticket information, contact the Empire Arts Center at 701.746.5500.

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