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Ampers

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Ampers is an association of 16 independent community radio stations in Minnesota.  Each station is locally managed and programmed by and for the local communities they serve.  Ampers is the largest network of community radio stations in the state of Minnesota and one of the largest of its kind in the United States. From Grand Marais, and Thief River Falls, to Mankato and Winona, and just about everywhere in between, we’ve got Minnesota covered. Our combined audience is about 250,000 devoted listeners.  Ampers has no affiliation with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and receives no financial support from MPR. 

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Tom Nelson was an electrical engineer living in Minnesota who got involved in a birding controversy. Britt Aamodt reports how the engineer weighed ...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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August 27, 1979, deputy Val Johnson was on a regular night patrol in Warren, Minnesota, when a light came at him. Britt Aamodt gives the details on...

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Before Pixar was one of the top animation firms in the world, it was a subsidiary of George Lucas’s Lucasfilm Ltd. Britt Aamodt tells us how, in 19...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Michael Koppelman has a foot in two worlds. He was engineer and producer for Prince. But he was also an amateur astronomer who, says Britt Aamodt, ...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
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After he was a professional wrestler but before he was governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura made a cameo appearance on X-Files. Ventura may not hav...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The Wallets were a band in 1980s Minneapolis known for their high-energy jams and theatric performances. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how in on...

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Frances Gumm was born in 1922 Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She would grow to become the singer and actor Judy Garland, star of The Wizard of Oz. Produc...

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The independent music scene of Minneapolis began its ascension in the mid-1970s. This happened for a number of reasons, but, as producer Daniel Zam...

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Jack Pearson was a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and storyteller devoted to sharing his talents in schools, libraries, and churches all across M...

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The godfathers of the Minneapolis punk and indie rock scene are The Suicide Commandos, a trio at the center of the budding subculture in 1970s Minn...

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Born and raised in Cook, Minnesota on the Boise Forte Reservation, musician Keith Secola has an intimate relationship with Anishinabe culture. As p...

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Duluth, Minnesota is the birthplace of Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes the annual festival that honor...

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The Minnesota radio treasure, “A Prairie Home Companion”, had its humble beginnings at Macalester College in 1974. As producer Daniel Zamzow explai...

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Les Fields put a Dixieland Jazz band together at the last minute to cover for his work Christmas party in 1968 Rochester, Minnesota. As producer Da...

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The accordion was a gift that kept on giving for Leonard “Skeets” Langley, who as a young adult, was crowned champion at the 1963 World Accordion C...

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In just 16 years of living in Minnesota, Anna Schoen-Rene made a tremendous contribution to the state’s music scene. Producer Daniel Zamzow describ...

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Minneapolis’ Basilica Block Party was started in 1995 as an effort to raise funds for repair and maintenance of the Basilica of Saint Mary. As prod...

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Minnesota is home to a special kind of record label that specializes in reissuing music of the past. But, as producer Daniel Zamzow explains, their...

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Low is a trio from Duluth, Minnesota that has a history of challenging norms in modern rock music. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how they got sta...

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Minnesota’s Dixieland Jazz scene was entering its heyday in the mid-1950s when the Rampart Street Club was opened. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains ...

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