Dakota Air: The Radio Show Hosts Paulette Carlson Live in Medora on September 17th

Burning Hills Amphitheater Wraps up 2011 Season with Statewide Radio Show, Concert

Medora, ND—Fargo production company Prairie Airwaves and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation have announced that the monthly radio program Dakota Air: The Radio Show will be performed to a live audience in Medora at the Burning Hills Amphitheater on September 17th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. MT, featuring Warner Brothers recording star Paulette Carlson and followed by a special concert. The 90-minute radio show preceding the concert will be aired live across Prairie Public Broadcasting’s broad radio network, and will be rebroadcast throughout the month.

Grammy nominee and CMA award-winning Carlson—known for her rise to fame as founder and lead-singer for the nationally acclaimed Highway 101 band—helped re-define the face of country music in the late 80’s with such innovative hits “Whiskey, If You Were A Woman” “The Bed You Made for Me,” “Somewhere Tonight” and “Cry, Cry, Cry.” The band won vocal group of the year honors from both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association in 1988 and in 1989. Carlson and her husband split their time between homes in Montana and Nashville, TN, where she is rekindling her love of performing and songwriting.

Dakota Air: The Radio Show follows an old-fashioned radio variety format and is lead by host and executive producer Merrill Piepkorn. Piepkorn said, “This is a nice opportunity for people to extend their Medora summer experience into September — our unique live radio show followed by the concert with Paulette, all set in the beautiful badlands of North Dakota.”

Other guest performers joining the Dakota Air cast and Carlson to deliver a unique variety show include cowboy-poet Rodney Nelson and singer-songwriter Jesse Veeder Scofield. In addition, Levi and Bethany Andrist, former Burning Hills Singers star performers, will take the Medora stage once again.

Each monthly show features music by The Radio Stars—a band introduced to the nation during Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” show in Bismarck in 2009—as well as original comedy by professional acting company “The Dakota Airheads” under the creative direction of humorist and writer Steve Stark.

Tickets for this special performance and concert are $25. For show tickets, and for information about special lodging packages, and an afternoon barbeque on Tjaden Terrace, call 1-800-medora1 (1-800-633-6721) or visit www.medora.com.

Dakota Air is a live radio show that entertains, educates and inspires audiences by featuring talent from across the region while showcasing a bit of culture and history about the location from which each show originates.  In addition to Prairie Public’s radio broadcasts, the shows will also be available worldwide for playback at anytime online at www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com.

Corporate sponsors are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, North Dakota Farmers Union, and Gate City Bank.  Prairie Public is the radio-broadcast partner. 

Dakota Air: The Radio Show began monthly performances at locations across North Dakota in September 2010. See www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com for live and broadcast schedules. For more Medora show information, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at the Medora office by calling 1-800-633-6721.

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