CALUMET – The holiday special of the Red Jacket Jamboree, “Christmas in the Keweenaw” The radio show will air on WNMU Public Radio 90 on Wednesday, December 8 at 3 p.m., Real People Media Executive Director Rebecca Glotfelty said. The program can also be streamed at www.wnmufm.com.
“The episode features musical guests Younce Guitar Duo and jazz singer Jennifer Barnett,” said Glotfelty.
Additionally, this year’s guest storyteller is author Charli Mills, who remembers her first winter living in the Keweenaw.
“And as always, there will be a Red Jacket Radio Actors comedy”, said Glotfelty. “It’s a holiday spectacle for the whole family. The holiday episode was recorded in front of a live audience in December 2019 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is an old-fashioned variety radio show that shares songs, stories, history and music from the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan. Hosted by Lena Dorey and Marty Achatz (two-time Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate), the show also features actor Ralph Horvath, the Copper Cats under the direction of Jerry Younce on guitar, internationally renowned jazz pianist Bill Carrothers , Harold South on bass and Zach Ott on percussion. The program is produced by Real People Media, which also operates the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, Michigan.
Real People Media (RPM) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people share their stories through the literary, visual, performing and media arts, Glotfelty explained. The organization owns and operates the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, Michigan ”. Since 2010, RPM has been helping individuals and organizations share stories that educate, entertain and inspire.
As of October 2017 46 episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree have been played / recorded. Seventeen of these episodes aired on Michigan’s public radio networks, including WNMU Public Radio 90 and Interlochen Public Radio. In January 2022, the episodes will be available for international distribution through PRX Radio Exchange. PRX Radio Exchange also distributes other popular radio programs such as “The moth,” “This American life”, and that of Michigan “New Jazz Archives”. hosted by Jeff Haas.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is supported by funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, private and corporate donors, and ticket revenue.
To learn more about the show and the work of Real People Media, visit www.realpeoplemedia.org and www.redjacketjamboree.org.