Premiere ’72: The making of “It Ain’t Easy”

featured,MN Arts and Culture Interviews,Pioneer by markjohnson on November 13, 2019

In 1972, the news that a professional film crew would put Thief River Falls, Minnesota, some of its residents, and its chief export – the Arctic Cat Snowmobile – on the big screen, captured the imagination of the town. In the weeks leading up to the premiere, the TRF Times printed articles and photos of the movie’s stars, including Lance Hendrickson, who would later star in the “Terminator” films. The movie’s theme song, written by Dale Menten of the Twin Cities, was heard often on KTRF-AM. “It Ain’t Easy” was reported at the time to be the first feature film made completely in Minnesota. Aspiring filmmaker Maury Hurley wrote and directed the film. He would go on to write screenplays for “Miami Vice” and “Star Trek The Next Generation.” Pioneer 90.1’s production of “Premiere ’72” was made possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Premiere ’72” documentary produced by Pioneer 90.1 KSRQ, Thief River Falls
Interview with former Arctic Cat racer Ken Beito
Interview with Michael Hurley, son of “It Ain’t Easy” director Maurice Hurley
Interview with Arctic Cat racer Larry Coltom
Interview with Lee Lynch of the advertising agency that worked with Arctic Cat from 1969-1980

Northern Thunder with Ron West – Weekdays 2-6 pm

featured by markjohnson on July 19, 2019

Wrap up your workday and head for home with Northern Thunder on Pioneer 90.1. Ron West keeps you company with community interviews, updates from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, and sports! Live from our East Grand Forks studio, weekdays from 2-6 pm.

Video: Behind the Scenes at Pioneer 90.1

featured by markjohnson on July 18, 2019

Doug Cosmo Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival/Revisited Remembers Woodstock 1969

Area News and Events,Best of Braget,featured by GlenBraget on June 7, 2019


Doug Cosmo Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival/Revisited Remembers Woodstock 1969, including how the band was able to get out of Yasgur’s Farm and back on the road the next day. Hear the full interview this morning (June 7) at 8:05 A.M.


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featured by markjohnson on April 29, 2019
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