Join local entertainer Cathy Erickson of Middle River, MN, Monday evenings from 6-11PM. Cathy takes your requests for polka, old-time, gospel, Scandinavian, and local music.

Cathy Erickson’s “Good Time, Old Tyme” Program Episode One

Cathys Variety Show,Good Time Old Tyme,Pioneer by GlenBraget on January 28, 2014


On this very first edition of the program, young and old accordion players alike are represented. The very first musician to grace the stage at the Accordion Festival was Fergus Falls’ very own Bo Jay Anderson, the youngest accordion player that evening. Following Anderson’s set was a group headed by Pioneer 90.1’s very own Polka Ron Shereck.

Cathy Erickson Band to Play Pioneer 90.1 Barndance Christmas Party Saturday

Cathys Variety Show,featured,Polkacast,Saturday Morning Barndance by markjohnson on December 2, 2013

Two polka and old-time programs on Pioneer 90.1 radio will join forces this Saturday (12/7) to ring in the Christmas season at Northland Community & Technical College.

Ron and Elsie Shereck, hosts of the Saturday Morning Barndance, welcome the Cathy Erickson Band to their live broadcast and Christmas party, held at the Gunderson Commons at Northland’s Thief River Falls campus, Saturday, December 7 from 8AM to noon.

Erickson is the host of “Cathy’s Variety Show,” Monday nights on 90.1 FM, the college’s listener-supported public radio station.

2012 Christmas Party

Dancers at 2012 Saturday Morning Barndance Christmas Party

This is the fifth year that the Barndance Christmas Party has been broadcast from the commons area. Prior to 2009, it was a smaller event, with a live band playing to a few audience members gathered in Northland’s Broadcasting department.

 Station manager Mark Johnson said that the December tradition attracts one of the largest audiences of the year for Pioneer 90.1. He said in-person attendance usually averages around 200 people. Many more listen online, over the air, and watch a live video feed at the station’s website,

This year’s Christmas party will also be the official launch of the Pioneer Polkacast, a new online radio station that streams Minnesota-made polka and old-time music continuously at

The music featured on the 24-7 PolkaCast stream is from the collections of the Sherecks and Erickson. “They have hundreds of CDs by Minnesota musicians that they have collected over the years. We’re very fortunate that they wanted to share this music with us, “ Johnson said.

The station plans to replay the Saturday Morning Barndance and Cathy’s Variety Show later in the week on the Polkacast.

Saturday’s Christmas Party is open to the public. A freewill donation will be accepted at the door to help Pioneer 90.1 continue its Old Time and Polka programming.

Cathy Erickson Presents Accordion Festival

Cathys Variety Show,featured by markjohnson on June 18, 2013

You’re invited to Cathy Erickson’s Accordion Festival, Thursday June 20, 6-10:30PM, at the Eagles Club in Thief River Falls. The evening will feature nine squeezebox musicians from northwest Minnesota, playing for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Performers include:

Chuck Gust – East Grand Forks

Ron Shereck – Tabor

Gene Blumberg – Dorset

Pat Kembitsky – Bemidji

Bo Jay Anderson – Fergus Falls

Gloria Ness – Viking

Dick Miller – Goodridge

Joe Gust – Badger

Cathy Erickson – Middle River

You heard them on the radio, now come and see them in person!

This event is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Cathy Erickson Variety Show Live From Northland Commons

Cathys Variety Show,featured by markjohnson on April 25, 2011

Enjoy this replay of the Cathy Erickson Show, live from Northland Community & Technical College. Originally broadcast April 25, 2011. Made Possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (Video will start after commercial)

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