People always say there is nothing to do in Jamestown, well on Saturday night there was indeed something to do and I took advantage and attended â€œDakota Air the Radio Show.â€
Merrill Piepkorn, host of Prairie Publicâ€™s â€œHear it Nowâ€ hosted the show that was rich with local talent.
Iâ€™m a fan of similar radio shows like â€œPrairie Home Companionâ€ and left this show kind of proud to be Jamestown resident.
Iâ€™d imagine I wasnâ€™t the only one because the high school auditorium was one packed house and those in the audience had their fair amount of applause for all things Jamestown mentioned during the show.
The house band was The Radio Stars which played well and did a good job taking a few cheap shots from the cast, all part of the show.
Other music included John Crowston and Kerry Wicks with Nick Holden. The group played quite a few tunes, but the steel guitar, mandolin, harmonica and violin all made appearances.
These guys had some really well written songs and my personal favorite was â€œSupermanâ€™s Blues.â€
Kate Stevenson covered a few Peggy Lee tunes and as always, was fantastic. She just puts a charge into those old songs, and one bluesy number even featured Merrill on the harmonica.
This was the first time I saw the Jamestown Choralaires and let it be known that I was impressed with their dynamics and timbre. It reminded me of the old days when I sang in a serious choir, hence my minimal knowledge in music theory.
Hunter Carpenter received the only standing ovation for his version of â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbow.â€
Bruce Berg shed some light on the early history of Jamestown and Larry Woiwode recited a few poems.
The Dakota Airheads acting group, with Steve Stark, Piepkorn and Carolyn Wintersteen had some funny skits, even the one trashing newspapers in favor of talk radio.
Stark recited a great Theodore Roosevelt speech where the president credits North Dakota for turning him into the man he was, all while drawing a picture, I was impressed to say the least.
The program said the goal of the show is to create a program that North Dakotans would be proud to call their own. And it worked.
You can tune into the broadcast this Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. In Jamestown Prairie Public is at 91.5 FM. Or you can listen by clicking here