Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Shelby Lindrud, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.

Mar. 4—ST. CLOUD

— Four times a year, inside Pioneer Place on 5th in St. Cloud, one can experience the golden age of radio while still firmly in the 21st century.

“It’s this fun, old-school, new-school situation,” said Jeff Carmack, arts and cultural heritage producer for

KVSC 88.1 FM

in St. Cloud, a college and community radio station based at St. Cloud State University. “It is theater of the mind.”

The

Granite City Radio Theatre

got its start in 2012, and is in the middle of its 11th season. Its next show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 15, both on air and in person at the Pioneer Place.

“It is a variety show; there are a variety of things that go on,” Carmack said.

Each show has a special musical guest who plays with the show’s house band,

Collective Unconscious

. Carmack said artists from various musical genres have taken the stage over the years and come from across the state.

“They have a really good time,” Carmack said. “We try to represent most of Minnesota.”

Joining the musical entertainment are various comedic skits written and performed by St. Cloud State graduates and entertainers Jay Terry, Heather Mastromarco and Mackenzie Lahren. Terry also doubles as the show’s host. A trivia contest, led by Dave Barth, brings members of the community to the stage, along with more laughs.

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