Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities

18 Unique Stations from Border to Border

Getting a handle on ham radio

Amateur radio began in the late 1800s with the experimentation and development of wireless transmission. No one is exactly sure where the term “ham” comes from, but its both a hobby and a form of public service that allows licensed participants to operate communications equipment. Minnesota has nearly 12,000 amateur radio operators and more than 50 radio clubs. One of the oldest clubs is the St. Paul Radio Club founded in 1931. Involvement varies widely, from talking with other hams, to public service announcements and emergency work. In this piece KFAI producer Dixie Treichel talks to Ralph and Janet Bierbaum, Emanuel “Manny” Block, Twila Greenheck, Henry Kinane, Allan Klein, Orcena “Orcy” Lyle, Keith Miller, George Power, Janet and Janice Robidoux, and Mike Stapp.

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EP206 Jessie Mae Hemphill

Jessie Mae Hemphill was a 4th generation Mississippi musician who learned how to play music from her granddaddy (as she called him).


EP205 A.C. Reed

Aaron Corthen was more commonly known in the Blues music world as A.C. Reed and was heard on countless recordings as a contributing saxophone player.


EP204 John Primer Hard Times

“Hard Times” is the title of this 2022 album by veteran Bluesman John Primer and is aptly named for our current time.


Watermark Pop-Up Market

Katie Carter talks to Leah Grunzke, the outreach coordinator at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. They talk about the Center’s first ever outdoor pop-up market featuring hand-crafted goods from the region’s finest artisans, local musicians and food. The first of many pop-up markets to be held on Watermark’s south lawn.


MHB – PLAYING FAVORITES, PART 1

Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! Your host plays some of his favorite tunes from the last 10 years of broadcasting, from Dave Cofell to Joshua Schmidt. And we report on last weekend’s BREWFEST in Thief River Falls–all on MHB!

(Aired 09/15/2022)


MHB – NEW ARTISTS

Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! NEW ARTISTS, from Kelley Smith to Abagail Lapell to Brother Jon & Frensz, and we opine of Mankato Brewing’s RHUBY Rhubarb Sour–all on MHB!

(Aired 09/22/2022


Counter Stories: Racism in Environmental Justice (Part 2)

Many people see environmental work as conservation, protecting the natural spaces throughout this world. But that is only part of the larger environmental justice picture. Our guests Roxxanne O’Brien and Justice Jones have been working in North Minneapolis to educate, empower and encourage urban residents to take a look at how things like air quality, water quality and green spaces effect their daily lives.


Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Charlotte Helgeson, Director of the Campbell Public Library of East Grand Forks, MN, shares all the exciting news of Campbell, including “kite time” in Northwest Minnesota!


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McKnight FoundationPohlad family foundationThe Minneapolis FoundationSaint Paul & Minnesota Foundation