Guide to Duluth-area Podcasts in 2019

Podcasts have been a thing for about 15 years, but the medium has only been popular for maybe five years. Duluth has followed that trend, going from just one or two downloadable online audio productions in the early days to more than a two-dozen now. Some are specifically about Duluth, others feature people from the region speaking to the world about subject matter ranging from popular culture to health and wellness.

The definition of “podcast” is a little vague, so Perfect Duluth Day’s list separates them into two categories: programs people can subscribe to via web syndication, and other episodic audio stuff people can listen to online minus the automatic download part.

Listed first are the subscribable podcasts that are in active production in the Arrowhead region.

Beyond the Headlines with Dan Wolfe
KBJR-TV 6 Evening Anchor Dan Wolfe hosts a Sunday-morning public affairs television program that also is available as a podcast.

Debuted June 2019
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Podbean | Google Play | Spotify

Bulldog Insider
University of Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey teams are the subject of this podcast, hosted by Duluth News Tribune Bulldogs Beat Reporter Matt Wellens and KBJR My9 Bulldog Hockey Commentator Zach Schneider.

Debuted September 2018
Available on: | Liberated Syndication | Apple Podcasts | Listen Notes

The Duluth Rundown
Tony Stensland of Tony Stensland Coaching and Mike Ward of Duluth Timing and Events talk about the local running scene in this podcast, with episodes occurring about every three weeks.

Debuted April 2019
Available on: | SoundCloud | Spotify

Dungeons & Dweebs
Four Iron Range-area men — Bob Saumer, Luke Nikunen, Peter Klabechek and Paul Carland — discuss fantasy and science-fiction literature.

Debuted July 2017
Available on: | Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Player FM | Podchaser | Listen Notes

For the Birds
For more than 30 years Duluth-based ornithologist Laura Erickson has been dropping her bird-nerd knowledge in segments on 103.3 FM KUMD and other stations. It airs on KUMD weekdays at 7:32 a.m. New episodes have been released as podcasts since 2014.

Available on: | | Apple Podcasts | Podbean | PlayerFM

Feminists Ruin Everything
Anna Tennis and Andrea Crouse of Duluth’s Feminist Action Collective join with guests to ruin things like music and sports by interjecting a feminine viewpoint.

Debuted November 2017
Available on | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | PodParadise

Gag Me with a Spoon
Monthly story-sharing events at Zeitgeist’s Teatro Zuccone are recorded and condensed into this podcast. Each episode features host Adeline Wright, a musical guest and a handful of stories from writers, artists and anyone willing to spill their guts.

Debuted August 2018
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Listen Notes

Green Visions
KUMD’s Northland Morning program includes this feature on local environmental issues, broadcast on Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. The feature debuted on the radio in 2007; KUMD’s online archive of the segments goes back to February 2015 and podcast archives go back to April 2019.

Available on: | Apple Podcasts

Lake Superior Writers
Host Brooks Johnson chats with local writers in this podcast. Episodes typically begin with the guest author reading an original work.

Debuted January 2018
Available on: SoundCloud | Apple Podcasts | Player FM

Podcast of the Immortals
Duluthians Matt Busch, Jimmy Bellamy and Andy McKinnon analyze the happenings of World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world.

Debuted February 2013
Available on: | PodBean | Stitcher | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | MMA Podcasts

Pressroom Podcast
Every Wednesday a combination of Duluth News Tribune reporters — most frequently Brady Slater and Christa Lawler — sit down to chat with guests about local happenings, from politics and farming to sports and the arts. Episodes conclude with each person explaining what they are “into” that week.

Debuted November 2015.
Available on: Liberated Syndication | iTunes | Stitcher | Apple Podcasts | Sticher

The Richardson Brothers Podcast
Jim and Allen Richardson share short readings of stand-alone vignettes they published under various titles in the Transistor during its long run.

Debuted June 2019
Available on: Liberated Syndication | Spotify

Rise of the Podcast
Kara and Jeremy Manthey share the things they love: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Lego, filmmaking, video games, virtual reality, 3D printing, photography, cosplaying and conventions.

Debuted September 2019
Available on: Simplecast | YouTube

Skullbuster Wrestlecast
Brothers Tom and Jason Skull talk about the world of pro wrestling in this podcast. Each episode begins with the latest wrestling news, then typically segues into a discussion on a particular topic.

Debuted November 2016.
Available on: PodBean | Apple Podcasts | Blubrry | Stitcher | PlayerFM

Take it with You
This series of live radio plays recorded in Duluth features Blake Thomas and a cast of local entertainers and guests. Season six (2019) is a continuous eight-episode story set in the Old West.

Debuted May 2014.
Available on: | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Listen Notes | iHeart Radio

Tent Show Radio
Tent Show Radio has been produced as a weekly radio variety show since 1994, showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, hosted by humorist Michael Perry. It airs on KUMD Sundays at 8 a.m. and on KUWS Saturdays at 7 p.m. Podcast archives date back to January 2014.

Available on: | Apple Podcasts | Liberated Syndication | Stitcher | TuneIn | PlayerFM

That Moment with Dennis Kempton
That Moment is a Duluth-based interview podcast about people making a difference in their communities through art, creativity, advocacy, business and more.

Debuted August 2019
Available on: Listen Notes | Apple Podcasts | Spreaker

Tom and Jim’s Top 5
Tom Skull and Jim Doutt compare their top 5 lists on anything and everything from sports, music, movies, pop culture and more.

Debuted November 2016.
Available on: Podbean | iTunes | Stitcher | PlayerFM

True Stories and Other Damage
Ryan Welles hosts long-form conversations that “highlight our similarities, help us benefit from our differences and give us a path towards Kokua.” In other words, he talks with guests from all walks of life with the general goal of bettering humanity.

Debuted January 2018.
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Player FM | Liberated Syndication

Twin Portals
Twin Portals is a fifth-edition Dungeons & Dragons actual-play podcast which follows five friends from the mystical land of Minnesota. The group of stage performers, improv artists and musicians provide a portal to Faerûn, where adventure awaits with new monthly episodes. The current arc is adapted from the new official module, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

Debuted October 2018.
Available on: Liberated Syndication | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM

Wellness Renaissance
Judy Breuer hosts this health and wellness podcast with an occasional Duluth focus. Most episodes feature an interview segment with someone involved in the fields of fitness or nutrition.

Debuted December 2016.
Available on: | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM


The productions below, although many are promoted as “podcasts,” are not available for subscription download, but nonetheless can be similarly heard online.

Backyard Almanac
Naturalist Larry Weber talks about all things phenological every Friday morning at 8:20 a.m. on KUMD’s Northland Morning program. The “Backyard Almanac” segments are cataloged for streaming on, with an archive going back to March 2015.

Duluth Band Profiles
Seth Langreck produces short profiles of local bands, mixing interview excerpts with music clips to give listeners a sense of the sounds and personalities of the Duluth music scene. Episodes are roughly three minutes long. Debuted February 2014. Available on Perfect Duluth Day via SoundCloud.

The Duluth Local Show
Brittany Lind hosts The Duluth Local Show on 90.9 FM “The Current” every Sunday at 8 p.m. The one-hour show focuses exclusively on the Duluth music scene, with occasional interview segments and live performances. Episodes can be listened to on The archive goes back to May 15, 2016, but a previous iteration of the show launched in March 2013.

Duluth to Montgomery Reflections
Duluth community members attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in April 2018, visiting sites where racial terror had occurred along the way. Among them were several members of the Duluth NAACP, who share their experiences in this podcast, produced by Ivy Vainio, Becky Nelson, Abby Dillon and Nat Harvie. Debuted September 2018. Available on and Soundcloud

Live from Studio A
Duluth’s 103.3 FM KUMD produces segments with local musicians and also traveling musicians with performances in Duluth, which are later posted online at There is not a consistent schedule, but the segments occur on a roughly weekly basis, varying in length from about 10 to 30 minutes. Christine Dean is generally, but not always, the host.

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country
KUMD has been producing this 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American community health since March 2016, and will soon launch it as a podcast. Available on

Simply Superior
Award-winning journalist Robin Washington hosts this weekly program focused on events and issues in Northwestern Wisconsin. It airs on Fridays at 10 a.m. on 91.3 FM KUWS in Superior and 90.9 FM WUWS in Ashland. The show debuted June 2015 under the name Hear Me Out. New episodes will be available on soon.

Sound Off! with Brad Bennett
Brad Bennett, a longtime broadcaster and Purple Heart recipient for his service as a Marine Corps sergeant during the Vietnam War, talks about local and national issues every weekday from 8 to 11 a.m. on WDSM 710 AM and 98.1 FM. Episodes are uploaded as hourly segments available to stream or download on

Speaking of Homes
Every Saturday at 8 a.m. Speaking of Homes hosts Chelle Eliason and Erick Filby offer advice about building bathrooms, designing decks and other home building and remodeling topics on WDSM 710 AM and 98.1 FM. Eliason is an executive officer at Arrowhead Builders Association; Filby is territory manager for Marvin Windows and Doors. The weekly episodes are available to stream or download at

In the Spirit of Medicine
Dr. Arne Vainio, a family practice doctor on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, presents his essays on life, work, medicine and spirit on this segment of KUMD’s Northland Morning program. The feature debuted in May 2018 and is available on



There are no recent episodes of the audio productions below, but the archives are still available for curious listeners.

The Crunchy Bunch Podcast (2017 to 2018)
The Duluth-based DJ collective plays new beats and chats with local artists. | PlayerFM

Grizzly’s Growls (2007 to 2018)
David “Grizzly” Smith tells stories and reads stuff.
Liberated Syndication | PlayerFM | iHeartRadio | iTunes

Ojibwe Stories
A program about Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies. | Apple Podcasts | iHeart Radio

People of Color (2015 to 2019)
Henry Banks leads a discussion with guests about current affaris related to people of color.

Radio Gallery (2009 to 2019)
Maija Jenson hosts segments about people, ideas and Minnesota artists. | iTunes

Student Views (2017 to 2018)
University of Minnesota Duluth student Pavel Arkhipenkov presents “life at UMD from a different perspective.”

Wisecracks & Roadside Flats (2017)
Duluth musician and author Teague Alexy presents short stories and folktales. | iTunes | Stitcher

There are probably a few podcasts that are missing from this list. Remark about them in the comments to enlighten the world.



about 4 years ago

Also, Twin Portals has been in production since October of 2018.

Twin Portals is a Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D 5E) actual-play podcast which follows five friends from the mystical land of Minnesota. Our group of stage performers, improv artists, and musicians provide a portal to Faerûn, where adventure awaits with new episodes (monthly). The current arc is adapted from the new official module, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Thanks Kenner. I've added that one to the list.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Oct. 25: 

It's More Than That
Dr. Paula Pedersen leads conversations with students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota Duluth about the complexity of their experiences around diversity and inclusion. 

Available on: | Liberated Syndication

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Oct. 29:

The Simple Plate
Featured on KUMD's Northland Morning program every other Tuesday at 8 a.m., "The Simple Plate" focuses on local food produced by local people, featuring conversations with local chefs and food growers about food culture, events and recipes.

Available on | Apple Podcasts

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Dec. 15:

Duluth! The Podcast
Anna Tennis, Mary Tennis and Ian Vincent gather in a Duluth basement and use swear words to describe current affairs or the topic at hand.

Available on: | Anchor | Spotify

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Jan. 23:

MuniciPals: A City of Duluth, MN Podcast
A monthly podcast to highlight how the city of Duluth operates, what each department and division does, what services are provided, and what issues Duluth faces.

Available on | Listen Notes

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Feb. 25:

Next Level Podcast
Hosted by Joe Mooney, Holden Law and Bryan Lemmer.

Available on: Apple Podcasts

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of May 10:

The Xero Music Hour
Zac Bentz presents an hour of his mostly ambient music each week -- a mix of shorter song sets to single hour-long tracks. No talking, except for the intro.

Available on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of April 13:

Fresh Pots & Dad Pots
A podcast by Duluth band Cities Never Sleep. 

Available on: Podbean

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Oct. 5:

Disagree to Disagree
Brett Sauey and Jason Page save the world, one hot-button issue at a time.

Available on: Buzzsprout | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

New as of Sept. 5:

Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota
Sarah Knieff and Izabel Johnson tell the untold stories of Minnesota.

Available on: Spotify | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Himalaya | Breaker

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