This story, originally broadcast on Fox-21 (KQDS-DT TV) in Duluth, gives a nice overview of the Icebox Radio Theater
Cannot believe I didn't embed this video before now, but here is a tour of our studio at room B-6 in Backus Community Center.
Think of it as a precursor to raising money to remodel the studio. Which needs it.
Jim has been a Minnesotan since 1976 when he moved to Duluth from the South. He's now happy to see Duluth as a southern city and watch the Canadian weather out his window on Rainy Lake. Jim was an early fan of radio theater listening to Prairie Home Companion in its early years and Spiders Web on MPR. He caught a lifelong interest in community theater through the Drama Club at East Highschool. After graduate studies in anthropology, ecology and geography and years in Madagascar, Jim settled in International Falls to raise two fine children full-time.
Here is a link to a recent article on the IBRT
JEFFREY ADAMS was born and grew up in the Pacific Northwest before moving to International Falls, Minnesota (The Icebox of the Nation) in 2004. Shortly after arriving, he founded the Icebox Radio Theater for the purpose of telling stories about this unique, famous little town through the medium of sound. He has written over 40 half-hour episodes for the theater was well as numerous shorter skits and works, and has directed nearly as many episodes including live broadcasts, studio productions, and live theatrical performances of radio theater.
DAVE ERWIN was born in Emo, Ontario, Canada and has lived most of his life in Fort Frances, directly across the Rainy River from International Falls. The area did not get television until well into the 1960’s, and Dave fondly remembers enjoying radio drama on the CBC as a major form of entertainment. As a young man, he left the area for a brief time to attend the Devrie Institute in Toronto and study Engineering Technology with an emphasis in electronics. He graduated with a degree in Heating Technology, and went to work keeping Fort Frances warm for a number of years.