Minnesota Briefs: Public Television Duluth Adds Radio Station To Its Mix

A radio station founded by students at the University of Minnesota at Duluth 65 years ago is now part of the Duluth-Superior Area Public Television Organization. As of December 1, the former KUMD has been known as North 103.3, operating under the call letters WDSE. Its FM frequency, 103.3, remains the same.

The station was purchased from the university by the Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television Corporation, the region’s nonprofit PBS subsidiary, commonly identified as WDSE-WRPT.

“Through our combined organizations, we see this as an opportunity to build deeper connections to tell even more compelling stories that reflect our diverse and unique communities,” said Patricia Mester, President and CEO of WDSE-WRPT. “Together, we will provide our region with a comprehensive and trustworthy public media experience.” The purchase price was not disclosed.

The station was founded in 1956 by UMD students as the first alternative media in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. For decades, it has enabled students to learn all facets of radio. These opportunities will continue and can now be extended to television, Mester said.

With university budgets tight, the school felt that citizens and students would be better served by integrating the radio station’s assets into the larger public media organization, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black said.

There will be no immediate changes to the station’s programming and format, officials said in a press release, and the current staff will remain in place. Opportunities for UMD students to get involved with the station are expected to continue, including work both on air and behind the scenes.

JEAN REINAN

WAIT PARK

Ledge Amphitheater Gears Up For Season 2

After putting on a strong inaugural season with concerts by the Beach Boys, Dropkick Murphys and 311 – as well as a private concert with Willie Nelson – the Ledge Amphitheater in Waite Park is gearing up for its second season.

This week, officials announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will perform on Monday, September 12, as part of the group’s 2022 summer tour. Tickets went on sale for the show, which also includes Blue October, on Friday.

Last month, GREAT Theater announced that it will be launching its 25th season July 21-23 with “Grease” at the amphitheater. The theater company produced its first outdoor show – “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” – this summer at the amphitheater. Waite Park town officials have committed to having a BIG theater production at the amphitheater each July.

The $ 15 million amphitheater opened this summer after a year of delay due to the pandemic.

JENNY BERG

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