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Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 11, 2017

Paul Metsa’s Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 11, 2017 This replay is the first of two episodes featuring CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou. Mr. Kiriakou talks about his 25 year career as a CIA agent, his reasons for letting America know that the CIA was waterboarding Al Qaeda prisoners overseas. He and…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 4, 2017

This week we have a bluegrass powered radio show with Steve Howard, a great bluegrass guitar and banjo picker. Steve moved to the Twin Cities from the West Coast in 1981. He tells us about his training in LA under the great thespian John Houseman (Paper Chase among others) and after spending time at the…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – January 28, 2017

Hot off the heels of the 100,000 strong person MN Women’s March (1/21/17 MN State Capitol) host Paul Metsa had the pleasure of chatting with one of the organizers Ms. Kate Redden. We chatted with Kate about how she got involved with social issues, her work with the other organizers which included over 100 volunteers,…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – November 5, 2016

Longtime MN troubadour and activist Larry Long is featured on the Wall of Power Radio Hour along with his cousin, rocker Melvin James, who produced Long’s latest recording Doves With Claws. Paul and Larry chatted about how got interested in folk music, his early years hopping railroad trains, and his work on behalf of social…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – October 8, 2016

We have a great show on the Wall of Power Radio Hour this week featuring Dave and Amy Freeman (named the 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year) talking about their recently completed 366 day Year in the Wilderness. These fearless duo spent the last several years highlighting the importance of maintaining a pristine BWCA…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – October 1, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews legendary KUMD.org DJ John Bushey. John is celebrating his 25th year of hosting Highway 61 Revisited, a show honoring Bob Dylan and features live and unreleased Dylan recordings you won’t hear anywhere else. John considers himself an “abstract expressionist of the radio” and creates shows around various themes and different aspects of…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – September 17, 2016

This week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour features author, historian, musician, and producer Pat Thomas. Pat curated the 3 CD music set of Beat Poet King Allen Ginsberg entitled The Last Word on First Blues. Sifting through musical recordings from the 70’s and 80’s Mr. Thomas has created a wonderful musical and historical document of…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – September 10, 2016

This week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour features author, historian, musician, and producer Pat Thomas. Pat curated the 3 CD music set of Beat Poet King Allen Ginsberg entitled The Last Word on First Blues. Sifting through musical recordings from the 70’s and 80’s Mr. Thomas has created a wonderful musical and historical document of…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – September 10, 2016

This week’s show centered around the issue of gun violence. Our guests included Rev. Nancy Nord Bence who is the executive director of the non-profit Protect MN, the oldest group in the state that addresses the issues surrounding gun violence. Our musical guest was JD Steele, one of the finest soul and gospel singers in…

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Wall Of Power – September 3, 2016

Nashville session musician extraordinaire and MN native, Mr. Russ Paul joins host Paul Metsa in the studio for the entire show. Russ talks about his early days playing in rock bands, encouraged to play the pedal steel by none other than legendary steel cat Ralph Mooney. He talks about his early days in the club…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – July 23, 2016

We have a fascinating show this week on the Wall of Power Radio Hour taped live at the Art and Betty Hawkins farm featuring Doug Niemela: National Campaign Manager, The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters,Matt Norton: Policy and Science DirectorSpencer Shaver: Outreach intern, Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters,…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – July 16, 2016

This show features long time Minneapolis rocker and songwriter Brian Drake. Brian talks about moving to, and starting to play in Minneapolis in the early 1980’s, several bands he has fronted, the past and current state of the music scene and the genesis of his new band The April Fools. We played a track from…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – July 9, 2016

We chatted with legendary Greenwich Village songwriter and poet Eric Andersen previewing his upcoming show in Duluth, MN w/ Scarlet Rivera on July 23, 2016. Eric told us about hearing and then meeting Elvis Presley, his time in the Village, Bob Dylan as his “draft counselor”, Phil Ochs, David Blue, and other musicians from the…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – June 25, 2016

We feature East Coast raised and Northfield, MN resident Jon Manners, a great guitarist, songwriter, and luthier. Jon talked about growing up in Norwalk, CT, his cat whisker close to a record deal working with legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, and his life in MN playing the clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals. Jon played…

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Wall of Power – June 4, 2016

This show, originally aired in May of 2014, celebrates Bob Dylan’s 73rd birthday (replayed to celebrate his recent 75th birthday.) It features several great interviews including Leroy Hoikala (Dylan’s first drummer in his high school band The Golden Chords), BJ Rolfzen (Dylan’s 11th Grade English Teacher from an interview host Paul Metsa did with him…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – May 21, 2016

We have the first of several shows celebrating Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday. This show features two men who know a little bit about the man. The first set features longtime KUMD DJ John Bushey, who has hosted his radio show Highway 61 for 25 years in Duluth. John tells us about his show, which features…

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Wall of Power – May 7, 2016

We feature two men behind the musical Complicated Fun that is playing at the MN History Theatre in St. Paul through May 29th. Playwright Alan Berks and Musical Director Nic Delcambre join host Paul Metsa in a discussion of this musical that highlights the underground music scene in the Twin Cities in the early ’80’s…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – April 23, 2016

This is a replay of a show we recorded in June of 2014 celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the movie Purple Rain. We ran it as a tribute to Prince, who had passed just a few days earlier. It features Pepe Willie, the man who discovered Prince (we also play a bit of a track…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – April 16, 2016

This is a replay of a show we broadcast in the Fall of 2015 that previewed the upcoming reunion of legendary jazz group Rio Nido. Rio Nido formed in 1977 and the original trio featured vocalist Prudence Johnson, guitarist Tom Lieberman, and guitarist Tim Sparks (our in studio guest for the show.) Tim Sparks is…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – April 9, 2016

The kick off to our 3rd season features Mr. Rich Dworsky, bandleader and piano man for Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio show. Besides working with Garrison for over 23 years, Rich has several other projects and has recently released a CD called “All In Due Time.” The CD features tunes in a variety of…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – April 2, 2016

We are celebrating almost two years of the Wall of Power Radio Hour tonight by replaying last year’s first anniversary show. While we prepare for our third season we want to share highlights from our first year of shows. Tonight’s show features interviews and music from 2014 including guests Tom Arnold, Steve McClellan, Willie Walker,…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – March 26, 2016

This is a replay of a show that first aired last February, the week after celebrated New York Times journalist, and Twin Cities native, David Carr passed away with his boots on in the newsroom at the NYTimes. Paul Metsa chatted with three Twin Cities journalists who knew and worked with Mr. Carr. They included…

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Wall of Power – March 19, 2016

Paul Metsa’s Wall of Power Radio Hour – March 19, 2016-Paul Metsa interviews legendary Twin Cities musician Lonnie Knight. Lonnie started playing guitar in the early 1960’s after his folks bought him a guitar from a door to door salesman. His first band the Rave-On’s recorded a song called in the mid-60’s that we play…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – March 12, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews legendary rock and roll photographer Elliott Landy who is celebrating the release of his beautiful photo book The Band Photographs 1968-1969 (Backbeat Books.) Speaking on the phone from his longtime home in Woodstock, NY, Elliott chats with Paul about how he got into the rock and roll business, his meeting with legendary…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – March 5, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews legendary rock and roll photographer Elliott Landy who is celebrating the release of his beautiful photo book The Band Photographs 1968-1969 (Backbeat Books.) Speaking on the phone from his longtime home in Woodstock, NY, Elliott chats with Paul about how he got into the rock and roll business, his meeting with legendary…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 27, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews author, music critic, journalist Bob Mehr about his terrific new book Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. Mr. Mehr talks about how he fell into music writing and explains in great detail the almost decade long quest to get the Replacement’s story into print. A fascinating interview about one of…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – February 20, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews filmmaker and social activist Gay Dillingham who was in Minneapolis showcasing her film Dying to Know: Timothy Leary and Ram Dass. The film traces the last days of LSD guru Timothy Leary as he reunites with his former colleague Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert.) They met at Harvard in the early 1960’s…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – February 13, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews blues singer Renee Austin. Ms. Austin, grew up in Texas singing in church. Years later, she moved to Minneapolis and became a part of the Twin Cities music scene. She was signed to Blind Pig records and played at clubs and festivals around the U.S. In 2005 she lost her voice and…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – January 30, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews one of the Twin Cities first call drummers. Bobby Vandell talks about his childhood in St. Cloud, MN, his first gigs, his love of hockey, and his career that has seen him with Mambo’s Combo for years at Bunkers Bar, playing with Bonnie Raitt and Chuck Berry, to playing Wembley Stadium with…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – January 23, 2016

Paul Metsa chats with lifer musician Andy Lindquist. Originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Andy started playing guitar as a kid and eventually found himself in the Twin Cities and old enough to be playing the barroom rock and roll circuit in the Upper Midwest. He had a couple of Major Label Development deals that…

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Wall of Power – 01.16.16

Paul Metsa interviews Josh Horwitz, the Executive Director of Stop Handgun Violence, the Washington D.C. based organization working to implement sensible gun laws in the United States. They chat about a variety of issues surrounding gun laws including mental health, access to firearms, and public safety issues. The week before the interview Josh was invited…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – January 9, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews Peter Frampton’s touring keyboardist and guitar player (and a former member of the Paul Metsa Group)Rob Arthur who was in town visiting friends and relatives. Rob lives in Los Angeles when he is not on the road with Peter Frampton. Paul and Rob chatted about Rob’s musical background, growing up in Anoka,…

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Wall of Power – January 2, 2016

Paul Metsa interviews legendary sound man and rock and roll philosopher Monty Lee Wilkes. Monty got his interest in sound when his father Howie Wilkes (who band Milkbone is heard on the show) took him to a Grateful Dead concert in the early ’70’s. From there, he started working mixing sound and doing roadie work…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – December 12, 2015

I recorded the most fascinating interview yesterday with Ms. Beverly Oliver, known as the “Babushka Lady” in JFK Conspiracy circles. She worked as a singer in the early 60’s at the Colony Club in Dallas a few doors down from Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club as a singer (that she sang a few bars of Sunny…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – December 5, 2015

This show is our Pete Seeger Tribute. It aired on May 3, 2014 which would have been Pete’s 95th birthday. Our guests include legendary Twin Cities folksinger Charlie Maguire who chats about Seeger’s influence on him, as well as performing with him. Charlie and Paul then play If I Had A Hammer live in the…

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Wall of Power – 11.28.15

We are in Guitar Heaven this week with Tim Sparks, a man I consider to be the greatest acoustic steel string guitarist in the world. Sparky joined us for the whole hour helping to promote the upcoming reunion of Rio Nido at the Dakota Jazz Club on Friday, December 11th (two shows at 7 and…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – November 21, 2015

Paul Metsa’s Wall of Power Radio Hour – November 21, 2015 Our guest this week is author Rick Shefchik. His newest book, “Everybody’s Heard About the Bird” (UofMN Press) chronicles the exciting 1960’s MN Rock and Roll Scene including bands like the Trashmen, the Castaways, and the Electra’s among others.

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The Wall of Power Radio Hour- October 31st, 2015

It’s the Wall of Power with Paul Metsa! Our guest in the studio for the whole show is Twin Cities Radio Legend Brian “BT” Turner. We chatted about BT’s formative years in high school in Robbinsdale, MN, his time in the Air Force, his love of radio, the landscape of modern media, and his take…

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Wall of Power Radio Hour – October 10, 2015

Paul Metsa’s Wall of Power Radio Hour – October 10, 2015 Our guest this week is Twin Cities Musician Jelly Bean Johnson. Jelly Bean is still the drummer for The Time and is also a great blues guitar player. We chatted about “Beans” time growing up on the North Side of Minneapolis with his buddies…

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Wall Of Power Radio Hour – October 3, 2015

This one year Musical Highlight Anniversary Show features guest musicians playing live in the studio. In order of appearance: Tom Lieberman w/ Paul “Common Denominator”, Tim Sparks w/ Paul “St. Thomas”, Stanley Kipper w/ Paul “Summertime”, Big George Jackson and Jeremy Johnson “Biscuits and Molasses”, Sherwin Linton and Kenny Wilson w/ Paul “Papa Played Dobro”,…

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