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KAXE Volunteers - Karen Ryan

 

My family roots are from northern New York State and settled in rural Bemidjj, MN in 1973.  My late husband and I purchased land, raised three daughters all growing up with KAXE and Winnipeg Folk Festival.  My memories of KAXE go back to 1976,  turning the dial on a battery radio, hearing for the first time bluegrass music and discussions with other people in our area who were homesteading.       I became a programmer  in 1984 sharing the "Patchwork"  program of folk music with Maggie Montgomery and Valerie Lofthus, each doing an hour of music and assisting each other (only vinyl records then).   I like to bring the feel of everyday life to my programming as well as lots of Irish/French Canadian and world music.   KAXE continues to bring a sense of place to listeners.    It connects three generations of my family and friends to common ground and broader horizons and REAL people.

 
 
 
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