Guide to Duluth-area Podcasts in 2021

About half of Duluth-area podcasts are a repackaging of radio content, but there are still plenty of independent programs covering everything from politics, history and sports to paranormal encounters and general geekery.

In this guide, the polished professionals and basement weirdos are grouped together in alphabetical order.

The definition of “podcast” is a little vague, so for our list we first highlight programs presently in production that can be subscribed to via web syndication. Second is a short list of other episodic audio that can be listened to online but can’t be automatically downloaded. And third we list shows that are on hiatus or no longer in production.
 

Boundary Waters Podcast
Joe Friedrichs and Matthew Baxley host this podcast from WTIP North Shore Community Radio in Grand Marais. It features stories from the people who visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Debuted January 2018
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Soundcloud

Bruce Ciskie Podcast
Longtime local sports commentator Bruce Ciskie hosts a half-hour show on weekdays, broadcast on KDAL radio. Podcast archives go back to July 2017.

Available on: kdal610.com | Omny | Audible | Listen Notes

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

CUE on UMD
Eli Esch hosts this podcast about the Cultural Entrepreneurship program at the University of Minnesota Duluth, presenting interviews with students who talk about their experiences in the program.

Debuted February 2021
Available on: Anchor | Spotify

Duluth News Tribune Minute
Typically about six or seven minutes long, the “News Tribune Minute” is an audio rundown of items that appear in the newspaper, produced every weekday. Samantha Erkkila generally anchors; Dan Williamson, Barrett Chase and Christa Lawler occasionally fill in.

Debuted February 2021
Available on: duluthnewstribune.com | Liberated Syndication | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

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: theduluthrundown.com | Apple Podcasts | SoundCloud | Spotify

Duluth Vineyard Podcast
Pastor Michael Gatlin of the Vineyard Church presents weekly sermons/conversations related to Christianity.

Debuted January 2007
Available on: duluthvineyard.org | Apple Podcasts | PodParadise | Podbean | iHeart | OwlTail | PureStreams | Hubhopper | PlayerFM

Exploring the North Shore
Jaye White and Martha Finley host this podcast about Lake Superior’s North Shore, focusing on road trips, hikes, museums and more.

Debuted July 2019
Available on: exploringnorthshore.com | Apple Podcasts | iHeartRadio | Spotify | Stitcher

For the Birds
For more than 30 years Duluth-based ornithologist Laura Erickson has been dropping her bird-nerd knowledge on KUMD radio. The segments air on weekdays at 7:32 a.m. New episodes have been released as a podcast since 2014.

Available on: lauraerickson.com | kumd.org | Apple Podcasts | Podbean | PlayerFM

The Friday Fishing Frenzy
Outdoor enthusiast Rik Jordan hosts The Frenzy on KDAL radio, talking about where the fish are biting. Podcast archives go back to May 2020.

Available on: kdal610.com | Omny | Ivy

The Garden Show with Bob Olen
St. Louis County Extension Educator Bob Olen takes gardening questions every Tuesday morning during the The KDAL Morning Show with Dave Strandberg. Podcast archives go back to April 2019.

Available on: kdal610.com | Audible | Apple Podcasts | Listen Notes | OwlTail | Ivy | Google Podcasts | Podbay | Castbox

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: kumd.org | Apple Podcasts

The KQ Afternoon Trainwreck
KQDS radio’s weekday afternoon drivetime show, hosted by Kevin Key and Tom Roubik, made its way to podcast platforms in March 2021.

Available on: 95kqds.com | Audible | Omny

KQ Morning Show
Jason Manning, Scott Savage and Bruce Ciskie cover news, sports and weather in the traditional wacky morning show style on KQDS radio. In March 2021 the show made it to the podcast world.

Available on: Apple Podcasts | Audible

Leader of the Pack
America’s oldest canvas and leather bag and pack manufacturer, Duluth Pack, has a company podcast featuring interviews, business discussions, entrepreneurial advice and outdoor survival stories. Company president and CEO Tom Sega hosts.

Debuted July 2021
Available on: duluthpack.com | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher

Left of Skeptic
Brittany Lind and Kala Moria host this podcast, discussing “haunted locations, paranormal encounters and creepy objects.”

Debuted January 2021
Available on: leftofskeptic.com | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

Let the Sawdust Fly
This podcast is a monthly segment of the radio show Sound Off! with Brad Bennett. Host Pete Wood, a logger from Canyon, discusses issues surrounding northern Minnesota’s logging industry.

Debuted November 2017
Available on: wdsm710.com | Omny | Audible | Spotify | Listen Notes | OwlTail | Podbay

Lights Camera Fletch
Fletcher Skull and his dad, Tom, review blockbuster family films in this spinoff podcast, which started as a special episode of the now-defunct Tom & Jim’s Top 5.

Debuted January 2021.
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher

The Minnesconsin/Wiscosota Podcast
The beauty, culture and adventure along the Wisconsin and Minnesota border is explored in this podcast, hosted by Keith Uhlig in Wausau and Mark Nicklawske in Duluth. In each episode they share their knowledge on a selected topic, such as thrift stores, candy, bike trails and snowblowers.

Debuted February 2021
Available on: Anchor | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Listen Notes | Anghami

9 O’clock Meltdown
Crystal Detlefsen interviews Duluth-area artists from a broad spectrum of mediums in this podcast, though there is a clear affinity toward music. The show’s archive goes back nearly a decade and inclues more than 100 episodes.

Debuted December 2011
Available on: SoundCloud | Apple Podcasts | Listen Notes | Himalaya

Power in the Wilderness
Filmmaker Karl Jacob and author Aaron Brown unlock a historical mystery in their hometown of Hibbing. They find a dynamic mayor named Victor Power who left few traces after his mysterious death almost a century ago.

Debuted June 2020
powerinthewilderness.com | Ampers | PlayerFM

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 | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Podbay | YouTube

Sharon Says So
Duluth’s Sharon McMahon delves into American politics and history with guests sharing expertise and experiences. Multiple episodes are released one day a week.

Debuted July 2021
Available on: sharonmcmahon.com | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts | Amazon

Shit that Matters with Emerson Sloane
This Duluth-based interview podcast was launched under the title That Moment with Dennis Kempton. Things and people change, but the podcast continues to feature interviews with folks who are making a difference through art, creativity, advocacy, business and more.

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

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.

Debuted October 2019
Available on: kumd.org | Apple Podcasts

Simply Superior
Award-winning journalist Robin Washington hosts this weekly public affairs program on KUWS radio, focused on events and issues in northwestern Wisconsin. The show debuted in June 2015 under the name Hear Me Out. Podcast archives go back to July 2020.

Available on: wpr.org | Listen Notes | Apple Podcasts | Podbay

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 on WDSM radio. Episodes are uploaded as hourly segments; the show became available on podcast platforms in June 2021.

Available on: wdsm710.com | Apple Podcasts | Audible | Castbox

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: tentshowradio.org | Apple Podcasts | Liberated Syndication | Stitcher | TuneIn | PlayerFM

Twin Portals
Twin Portals is a fifth-edition Dungeons & Dragons actual-play podcast which follows five friends from the mystical land of Minnesota — Matías Valero, Scott Hebert, Justin Peck, Elizabeth Deathkit Brophy and Kendra Carlson. The group provides a portal to Faerûn, where adventure awaits with new monthly episodes.

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

The Twin Ports Real Estate Show
Jim Ronding and Gary Kalligher of ReMax Results discuss the Twin Ports real estate market, national news and more every Saturday on KDAL radio and various podcast platforms.

Debuted January 2019
Available on: kdal610.com | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Amazon | Omny | Podbay | Audible

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: wellnessrenpodcast.com | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | PlayerFM | Spotify

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.

Debuted May 2020
Available on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher

Your Morning Wake Up Call
Former Duluth city councilor, teacher and Navy Corpsman Neill Atkins hosts this morning drive show on WDSM radio. Podcast archives go back to March 2018.

Available on: wdsm710.com | Audible | Apple Podcasts | Omny | Spotify


 

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 kumd.org, with an archive going back to March 2015.

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 thecurrent.org. The online archive only goes back a few months, but the show launched in March 2013.

Live from Studio A
KUMD radio produces segments with local and touring musicians, which are later posted online at kumd.org. There is not a consistent schedule, but the segments occur on a roughly weekly basis. Christine Dean is generally, but not always, the host.

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 kumd.org.

Talk of the Town
Tracy Lundeen hosts a weekly talk show on KDAL 610 AM, available for streaming on kdal610.com.


 

ON HIATUS OR NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION

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

Beyond the Headlines with Dan Wolfe (2019)
KBJR-TV 6 Evening Anchor Dan Wolfe hosts a Sunday-morning public affairs television program that also is available as a podcast.
Apple Podcasts | Podbean | Google Play | Spotify

Building the Dream: Duluth (2019 to 2020)
Matt Lambert and Alex Kozitza highlight the ins and outs of Duluth’s entrepreneurs and business professionals.
Apple Podcasts | Podchaser | Listen Notes

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

Disagree to Disagree (2020 to 2021)
Brett Sauey and Jason Page save the world, one hot-button issue at a time.
Buzzsprout | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Duluth Band Profiles (2014 to 2019)
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.
Perfect Duluth Day via SoundCloud

Duluth Lynchings (2020)
Produced by the Duluth News Tribune’s Christa Lawler and Samantha Erkkila, this six-episode podcast looks back at the 1920 Duluth Lynchings from a 2020 perspective.
PlayerFM

Duluth to Montgomery Reflections (2018 to 2019)
Duluthians who attended the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in April 2018 share their experiences.
branch80664.wildapricot.org and Soundcloud

Duluth! The Podcast (2019 to 2020)
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.
duluththepodcast.com | Anchor | Spotify

Dungeons & Dweebs (2017 to 2021)
Four Iron Range-area men — Bob Saumer, Luke Nikunen, Peter Klabechek and Paul Carland — discuss fantasy and science-fiction literature.
dungeonsanddweebs.com | Podbean | Apple Podcasts | Player FM | Podchaser | Listen Notes

Feminists Ruin Everything (2017 to 2019
Anna Tennis and Andrea Crouse ruin things like music and sports by interjecting a feminine viewpoint.
feministactioncollective.org | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | PodParadise

Fresh Pots & Dad Pots (2020)
A podcast by Duluth band Cities Never Sleep.
Podbean

Gag Me with a Spoon (2018 to 2019)
Adeline Wright hosts storytellers who spill their guts.
Apple Podcasts | Listen Notes

Green & Gold Camp Cast (2021)
Three episodes of this KDAL radio segment on the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, hosted by Bruce Ciskie, were made available in short succession.
kdal610.com | Omny

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

The Huskies Howl (2021)
Zach Linfield hosted a weekly podcast about the Duluth Huskies baseball team until the season started in June. The shows offered interviews with Huskies players and staff.
Anchor | Spotify

It’s More Than That (2019 to 2020)
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.
d.umn.edu | Liberated Syndication

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country (2016 to 2019)
A 10-minute KUMD program on Native American community health.
Available on kumd.org.

Lake Superior Writers (2018 to 2020)
Host Brooks Johnson chats with local writers, typically beginning the show with the guest author reading an original work.
SoundCloud | Apple Podcasts | Player FM

MuniciPals: A City of Duluth, MN Podcast (2020)
Intended to be a monthly podcast highlighting how the city of Duluth operates, this podcast lasted just two or three episodes. Only two are archived.
duluthmn.gov | Listen Notes

Next Level Podcast (2020 to 2021)
Joe Mooney, Holden Law and Bryan Lemmer host this podcast, interviewing various athletes.
Apple Podcasts

Ojibwe Stories
A program about Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies.
kumd.org | 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.
wpr.org.

Podcast of the Immortals (2013 to 2020)
Duluthians Matt Busch, Jimmy Bellamy and Andy McKinnon analyze the happenings of World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world.
podcastoftheimmortals.wordpress.com | PodBean | Stitcher | Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | MMA Podcasts

Pressroom Podcast (2015 to 2019)
Duluth News Tribune reporters sit down to chat with guests about local happenings, from politics and farming to sports and the arts.
Liberated Syndication | iTunes | Stitcher | Apple Podcasts | Sticher

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

The Richardson Brothers Podcast (2019 to 2020)
Jim and Allen Richardson share short readings of stand-alone vignettes they published under various titles in the Transistor during its long run.
Liberated Syndication | Spotify

Skullbuster Wrestlecast (2016 to 2020)
Brothers Tom and Jason Skull talk about the world of pro wrestling.
Blubrry | Stitcher | PlayerFM

Speaking of Homes (2014 to 2020)
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.
wdsm710.com

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

Take it with You (2014 to 2020)
Blake Thomas and a cast of local entertainers and guests present live radio plays
takeitwithyou.org | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Listen Notes | iHeart Radio

Tom and Jim’s Top 5 (2016 to 2020)
Tom Skull and Jim Doutt compare their top 5 lists on anything and everything from sports, music, movies, pop culture and more.
PlayerFM

True Stories and Other Damage (2018 to 2019)
Ryan Welles talks with guests from all walks of life with the general goal of bettering humanity.
Apple Podcasts | Player FM | Liberated Syndication

The UMD Sports Archive (2019 to 2020)
Highlight packages and interviews from University of Minnesota Duluth athletics as broadcast on KDAL radio.
kdal610.com | Omny

Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota (2020 to 2021)
Sarah Knieff and Izabel Johnson tell the untold stories of Minnesota.
Spotify | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Himalaya | Breaker

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

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

2 Comments

Spartachr1s

about 1 month ago

There's a whole podcast network based partially out of Duluth called NerdSloth. Some of the shows there are Saturday Morning Cartoon Boom, A Lil' Spooky, Nightmarathon, Party in Peril, Know the Lore, and Anxiously Ever After, with the addition of video content on YouTube and Twitch. Their website is nerdsloth.com.

Matthijs

about 1 month ago

Thanks for the comprehensive list. I am aware of two more that could be added:

1. Thunder Bay – a professionally produced podcast from the Canadaland podcast network that had one season in 2018 and a second at the end of 2020. According to the show description: 

The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who faced trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous high schoolers. Why does it all happen here? Thunder Bay, hosted by Ryan McMahon
Before listening to the podcast, I thought of Thunder Bay as the place where Paul Shaffer was born. I think of it a bit differently now. 2. The Movie Doods – a somewhat less professionally produced podcast with 14 episodes, all from 2014. The show description reads
The Movie Doods is a podcast designed to review movies, and was started in 2014 by a group of friends just right outside of Duluth, MN.
Based on the episode I listened to, movie reviewing takes up a limited amount of the rather long podcasts. A good portion of the time is just these friends sharing stories of being in their 20s in Duluth (in 2014).

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