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The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 4 Season Finale Held a Little Late Due to COVID with Special Musical Guest Michael Shynes

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 4 Season Finale Held a Little Late Due to COVID  with Special Musical Guest Michael Shynes




So, yeah . . . the COVID thing! Our original season finale was supposed to air back in early May, but as you well know, that just didn’t happen. We’re smart enough to know when silly isn’t safe, dontcha know! Still, we had one more show to produce for the season, and we wanted to do it as safely as possible while still giving central Minnesota the best quality comedy, drama, and music that we could. And we did it. This is by far the most unique and yet highest quality Granite City Radio Theater to ever be produced during our 8 year run. It’s got all the stuff you’d expect, but yet, it’s all different. Everything is different! Big thanks to guest musician Michael Shynes joining Collective Unconscious! Another big thanks to the Shades Brigade crew and Eric Webster for delivering something amazing by using the most interesting production methods available. And another big thanks to everyone who laughed . . . because while it’s tough to laugh right now, it’s even tougher to write something that will make the laugh happen. If you don’t know what this means, just give it a listen . . .;) But the biggest thanks, neigh, the ultimate thanks, goes out to Jim Gray, Alex Hartman, and the multitudes of technical magic spells they cast in order to broadcast a performance with this level of audio quality. Seriously, give a listen, and please know that Jay Terry does NOT sound anywhere near as good in real life. See ya next season! This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant!

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 4 Season Finale Held a Little Late Due to COVID  with Special Musical Guest Michael Shynes

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 4 Season Finale Held a Little Late Due to COVID with Special Musical Guest Michael Shynes

So, yeah . . . the COVID thing! Our original season finale was supposed to air back in early May, but as you well know, that just didn’t happen. We’re smart enough to know when silly isn’t safe, dontcha know!

Still, we had one more show to produce for the season, and we wanted to do it as safely as possible while still giving central Minnesota the best quality comedy, drama, and music that we could.

And we did it.

This is by far the most unique and yet highest quality Granite City Radio Theater to ever be produced during our 8 year run. It’s got all the stuff you’d expect, but yet, it’s all different. Everything is different!

Big thanks to guest musician Michael Shynes joining Collective Unconscious!

Another big thanks to the Shades Brigade crew and Eric Webster for delivering something amazing by using the most interesting production methods available.

And another big thanks to everyone who laughed . . . because while it’s tough to laugh right now, it’s even tougher to write something that will make the laugh happen. If you don’t know what this means, just give it a listen . . .;)

But the biggest thanks, neigh, the ultimate thanks, goes out to Jim Gray, Alex Hartman, and the multitudes of technical magic spells they cast in order to broadcast a performance with this level of audio quality. Seriously, give a listen, and please know that Jay Terry does NOT sound anywhere near as good in real life.

See ya next season!

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant!


The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 3 with Special Musical Guest Debbie Duncan

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 3 with Special Musical Guest Debbie Duncan

And here we are, the Granite City Radio Theater on March 11, 2020.

It’s a time right before all the social distancing protocols surrounding the COVID-19 virus became a serious reality, and one last chance for us all to get together to share some laughs as the news changed hourly for the worse.

So, of course we poked fun at it as host Jay Terry unveiled The Corona Polka!

Jay also visited the Stearns History Museum for a mythological tour.

Also along for the ride was the Shade’s Brigade crew as Jack Shade may have finally met his match!

Special Musical Guest Debbie Duncan and house band Collective Unconscious dove deep into a legacy of jazz only achievable by her kind of legend!

Dan Barth’s Trivia Challenge was about as challenging as finding toilet paper in today’s world.

Wild Scholastica wonders about the college crowd.

And, of course, the Honorable Mayor provides honorable insight about recent events.

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING OUR FINAL SHOW OF THE SEASON! Seriously, though, we’re not sure what we will do, or when, but something’s coming! It’s RADIO THEATER which means we really don’t NEED an audience . . . although we really LOVE the audience! Without them, who’s gonna play the Kazoo?

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant!


The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 2 with Special Musical Guest  Prudence Johnson

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 2 with Special Musical Guest Prudence Johnson

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theater continued its holiday tradition of warming the radio listening hearts of central Minnesota on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, with a plethora of programming only found within the bounds of our radio waves!

Prudence John was our special musical guest with backing from our ever flexible house band, Collective Unconscious!

The Shades’ Brigade crew wound up with Christmas miracles in their stockings!

The secret to the success of SuccessCO in their rise to rival all other companies on earth was finally revealed!

Dan Barth’s Holiday Trivia Challenge featuring Prudence Johnson, SCSU Music Professor Terry Vermillion, and KVSC Station Manager Jo McMullen brought the knowledge!

Wild Scholastica documentarialized the phenomenon known as “The Snow Day!”

And of course, the Honorable Mayor demonstrated just exactly why St. Cloud is the Most Livable City on the Planet!

Plus . . . the Podcast Special: Intermission!


The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 1 with Special Musical Guest  Dave Cofell

The Granite City Radio Theater Season 8 Episode 1 with Special Musical Guest Dave Cofell

Marking the beginning of our 8th season, the Granite City Radio Theater broadcasted live from the newly remodeled Pioneer Place on 5th Theater in St. Cloud on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, with a flourish and a flash (didn’t know there could be “flashing” on the radio?)

This time, our special musical guest was Dave Cofell, a seasoned touring musician whose roots remain here in central Minnesota.

And then, of course, there’s the infinite SuccessCo products we continue to pitch as well as a surprise twist on Dan Barth’s Trivia Challenge. Plus, Shades Brigade takes on a holy ghost out at St. Johns!


The FULL UNEDITED Untold Story of Tuscaloosa the Movie with Executive Producer Erik Helgeson

The FULL UNEDITED Untold Story of Tuscaloosa the Movie with Executive Producer Erik Helgeson

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes us to the movies with a very unlikely journey. KVSC alum Erik Helgeson was Executive Producer on the team that created the movie Tuscaloosa, an independent film shot entirely in Minnesota with a mostly Minnesotan cast and crew including a cameo by wrestler Baron “The Claw” von Raschke.

Tuscaloosa was set to premier in Beverly Hills on Friday, March 13, 2020, just as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic was being realized, and suddenly Helgeson found himself in a situation where the entire country was shutting down around him as he journeyed back to Minnesota from California.

In this full, unedited interview Jeff and Erik talk about that journey as well as the movie itself, which is strangely poignant following the death of George Floyd, plus the future of the film industry in the age of COVID. This version contains so many behind the scenes moments about film making, as well as general observations about the future of film, that the entire conversation merited podcasting. It’s a long chat, so enjoy!

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.


The Untold Story of an Artist Surviving During COVID with Heidi Jeub

The Untold Story of an Artist Surviving During COVID with Heidi Jeub

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes a look at the life of an artist during the time of COVID-19.

Heidi Jeub is an artist and teacher who relied upon a variety of freelance work to make a living and whose entire world was flipped upside down due to the pandemic. We start with an interview from the beginning of April when we were all just beginning to realize the gravity of the situation and then end out in Holdingford on the Wobegon Trial at a new artistic, community endeavor which is just about to open to the public called Art in Motion where Heidi has found a role as artistic consultant.


The Untold Story of Promise Neighborhood on Juneteenth, the FULL Public Forum

The Untold Story of Promise Neighborhood on Juneteenth, the FULL Public Forum

In a this Juneteenth edition of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack attended the June 19th observance of Juneteenth at Promise Neighborhood in St. Cloud, and this Podcast contains the ENTIRE PUBLIC FORUM as it unfolded.

With the original celebration canceled due to COVID concerns, Promise Neighborhood decided to hold a socially distanced public forum following the recent unrest due to protests over the killing of George Floyd spilling over into the St. Cloud area. Community members were asked to try to come up with answers to two questions, what does St. Cloud need for unity and what is a thing we can DO in St. Cloud to make that happen.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant!


The Untold Story of the Public Sharing Their Stories on Juneteenth at St. Cloud’s Promise Neighborhood

The Untold Story of the Public Sharing Their Stories on Juneteenth at St. Cloud’s Promise Neighborhood

In a this Juneteenth edition of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack attended the June 19th observance of Juneteenth at Promise Neighborhood in St. Cloud.

With the original celebration canceled due to COVID concerns, Promise Neighborhood decided to hold a socially distanced public forum following the recent unrest due to protests over the killing of George Floyd spilling over into the St. Cloud area. Community members were asked to try to come up with answers to two questions, what does St. Cloud need for unity and what is a thing we can DO in St. Cloud to make that happen.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant!


The Untold Story of Tuscaloosa the Movie with Executive Director Erik Helgeson

The Untold Story of Tuscaloosa the Movie with Executive Director Erik Helgeson

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack takes us to the movies with a very unlikely journey. KVSC alum Erik Helgeson was Executive Producer on the team that created the movie Tuscaloosa, an independent film shot entirely in Minnesota with a mostly Minnesotan cast and crew including a cameo by wrestler Baron “The Claw” von Raschke.

Tuscaloosa was set to premier in Beverly Hills on Friday, March 13, 2020, just as the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic was being realized, and suddenly Helgeson found himself in a situation where the entire country was shutting down around him as he journeyed back to Minnesota from California.

Jeff and Erik talk about that journey as well as the movie itself, which is strangely poignant following the death of George Floyd, plus the future of the film industry in the age of COVID.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.


The Untold Story of St. Cloud’s First Art Cruise in Response to the Cancellation of this Year’s Art Crawls due to COVID-19

The Untold Story of St. Cloud’s First Art Cruise in Response to the Cancellation of this Year’s Art Crawls due to COVID-19

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack gets in his car and drives around St. Cloud exploring an innovative solution to the canceled Art Crawls that would normally be taking place downtown during the warmer months had it not been for COVID.

Organized by the artist known as The Silent Kah, this past Saturday’s Art Cruise was the first in a series where participating artists of all abilities and media simply set up their art in their yard, and then you come to it! The next Art Cruises will be held on Saturdays July 11 and August 15.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.


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