Christmas Music Special With Eliza Blue

Dec 17, 2020
Eliza Blue

In this week's In the Moment Podcast, we a look back on a recent conversation with Eliza Blue and Christian Begeman and discIn this week's In the Moment Podcast, we a look back on a recent conversation with Eliza Blue and Christian Begeman and discuss the new proram, "Wish You Were Here."


That is followed by a recording with Eliza Blue and Friends inside a tiny church in Perkins County, the Rabbit Butte Church. 


We’ll will see you back January 2021. Happy Holidays!


Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 17, 2019 Show 721 Hour 2

For the last several years the Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers has set up in one of our SDPB studios to perform for listeners who can't make it to one of their live performances. This year is no different as we welcome the Holiday Jam to the Leo P. Flynn Gallery in Sioux Falls!

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association


In The Moment ... December 10, 2019 Show 716 Hour 1

Jeff Gould is an author, a public speaker, and a broadcaster. In other words, he's a storyteller. You might have heard the "A Prairie Christmas" radio show, which airs on commercial radio stations across the country between Thanksgiving and Christmas. His storytelling style has been compared to Paul Harvey and Garrison Keillor, but Jeff Gould is more interested in the simple arc of good story -- and maybe even a good life. 

To learn more about Jeff, visit

Arts & Lifestyle: Nov 30 - Dec 6

Dec 6, 2019

This week’s South Dakota arts and lifestyle features a conversation about the 100th anniversary of South Dakota’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, tunes by Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott, and more.

Brulé Ready To Delight With Holiday Concerts

Dec 7, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 1 

One of the most exciting holiday concerts is coming to the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls as Brulé presents their full theatrical show with dancers December 21-22.

Brulé is known for thrilling audiences with a blend of cultural rock and instrumentation through the emotional impact of the American Indian culture.

Brulé founder and producer Paul LaRoche joined In The Moment in the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls.

Canton Opens New Performing Arts Center

Nov 28, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... November 28, 2018 Show 468 Hour 1

The city of Canton opens a new performing arts center with a Campfire Concerto!

Performers Boyd Bristow and Mike Connor join In The Moment with live music while Bill Peterson provides a look at the new 1000 seat venue.

Christmas in Canton with the Campfire Concerto is Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

In The Moment ... November 5, 2018 Show 454 Hour 2 

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. With world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens and Nesting Dolls, the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

The Dove of Peace Tour makes stops in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

In The Moment welcomed Akiva Talmi, producer of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, for a preview.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

We welcome author Joseph Bottum to In the Moment for a conversation about the sacred stories of Christmas.

Find more of his Christmas writings here:

Joyous Surrender: A Rhapsody in Red (and Green)

Amazon Kindle Singles series "Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale"

Christmas Day Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power

Dec 27, 2016
Jared Fosheim / South Dakota Department of Transportation

South Dakotans faced man sized snow drifts, icy roads, freezing temperatures and even some thunder and lightning on Christmas Day.
Governor Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency after a winter storm left motorists stranded and downed power lines.
Brenda Kleinjan with South Dakota Rural Electric Association says around 20,000 people were left without power. As of last night, Kleinjan says power has been restored to about 14,000.  

The Season Of Lights

Dec 23, 2016

People of the Sioux Falls area have many options when it comes to enjoying local Christmas displays. Some locations are well known, while others are hidden away.

During December, Falls Park near downtown Sioux Falls lights up with millions of Christmas lights. Michael Williamson of Dakota Holidays in Sioux Falls says seeing the Falls Park light display is breathtaking.

The Season Of Lights

Dec 23, 2016

People of the Sioux Falls area have many options when it comes to enjoying local Christmas displays. Some locations are well known, while others are hidden away.

During December, Falls Park near downtown Sioux Falls lights up with millions of Christmas lights. Michael Williamson of Dakota Holidays in Sioux Falls says seeing the Falls Park light display is breathtaking.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The "shop local" cause has a high-profile advocate this holiday season. South Dakota’s governor is encouraging people to do their last-minute shopping in communities across the state instead of with retailers outside of South Dakota.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is popping into different retail shops and restaurants in downtown Sioux Falls. He asks a local restauranteur what the best meal on the menu is. The owner says the governor can't go wrong.

Daugaard says he’s finished shopping for Christmas gifts in Pierre and in Sioux Falls.

Tom Roberts writes books for children that help children. His Christmas story project has raised more than a million dollars over the years for the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. Roberts' latest book is called The Greatest Gift: The Wise Ones' Journey. Illustrated by Jim Brummond, The Greatest Gift has garnered the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Roberts joins Dakota Midday to discuss his latest book and how all of his writing has helped raise funds for CHS.

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" convene to discuss the tech news of the day. They also recap Black Friday shopping and look at more tech-related Christmas gift ideas, including wearables.

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Musicians Gordy Pratt and Darla Drew perform holiday music from SDPB's Rapid City studio. They take their show on the road in December with shows in Kearney, Nebraska, and Albert Lea and Mankato in Minnesota. The tour is a collaboration with the Journey Museum in Rapid City, the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, and the SD Arts Council.

South Dakota Retailers Association

The election and ag commodity prices have caused caution in South Dakota shoppers. Shawn Lyons, executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association, visits about the retail forecast for the holiday season.

Nancy Savage is a small business owner in Sioux Falls. She joins Dakota Midday to discuss the success of this year's "Small Business Saturday" for local retailers and strategies small businesses employ to pull customers away from the big box stores.

Dakota Midday: Christmas Cheer At The Nora Store

Nov 23, 2016

This is Mike Pedersen's 27th year opening the Nora Store's doors and inviting people to join in for Christmas caroling and hymn singing. Pedersen plays the pipe organ and some visitors even share their own musical talents as the spirit of Christmas comes alive. Guests also enjoy donations of coffee and cider as well as Christmas cookies baked by neighbors. The Nora Store is on the National Register of Historic Places. See this year's schedule at

Theologian Anna Madsen, founder of OMG Center for Theological Conversation, explores the Christian season of Advent. Madsen shares the difficult message of repentance and how Christians can honor the weeks leading up to Christmas by pondering the mysteries of the season.

Lost Tropical Bird Eats Cat Food To Survive SD Winter

Dec 21, 2015
K.C. Jensen / SDSU

A tropical bird that doesn’t often make it farther north than Texas is toughing out the winter in South Dakota.   

The Great Kiskadee normally calls Mexico home, but birdwatchers confirmed one living in South Dakota this fall, and they’ve even photographed it in the snow.  The bird is finding some creative solutions to survive a South Dakota winter.

Finding a Great Kiskadee in South Dakota is a little bit like having a penguin pop up on a beach in Jamaica.

Tech Radio: Guide To Geek Gifting

Dec 18, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present the annual Guide to Geek Gifting on this version of Tech Radio.  Kent, Joel, John and Jeff offer dozens of gift ideas for every budget!

Erin Mairose

The Salvation Army in Sioux Falls is closer to its $300,000 goal after match day over the weekend. 

The familiar sound of bells and the sight of red kettles is one of the Salvation Army’s largest fundraisers.

On Saturday for every $20 donated, a local bank gave $80—helping the red kettle campaign raise over $30,000 in one day. Major Thomas Riggs says the money supports programs for food, rent, and utility assistance.

The 2015 Holiday Jam is underway with concerts scheduled through December 20.  Hegg brothers Jon and Jeremy along with Jam members Allison Nash and Andrew Reinartz joined guest host Cara Hetland at SDPB's Sioux Falls studio Wednesday for a lively visit about this year's Holiday Jam and some live music.

Dakota Midday: Acoustic Christmas

Dec 3, 2015

Acoustic Christmas is celebrating 25 years this season.  The only Acoustic Christmas performance for 2015 is Tuesday night at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Guitarists Boyd Bristow and Mike Connor and award winning fiddle player Kenny Putnam joined guest host Cara Hetland to reflect on past performances and talk a little bit about the music planned for this year's show.

While people brave Black Friday on the hunt for deals, an expert says toy shoppers should make sure their great buys are appropriate for particular kids. Not all toys are made for children of different ages. Plus some choices offer kids a better opportunity to learn and grow.

Amy Hiesinger is a family life educator with Sanford Health. She says people should consider a child’s age and capabilities when shopping for gifts. Hiesinger says little children respond well to interactive gifts.

Last Minute Gift Ideas From "The Computer Guys"

Dec 23, 2014

Kent Osborne, host of SDPB's Tech Radio, and Joel Broveleit, one of Tech Radio's "Computer Guys," joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss last minute gift ideas for technology lovers - and for those who may not be so tech savvy.

More Gift Ideas From The Computer Guys

Dec 5, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" offer more gift ideas in a continuation of the annual "Guide to Geek Gifting" program.  They also cover the important topic of online security for kids.

In his new book, Return to the Farm: A Christmas Journey, Sioux Falls author and storyteller Tom Roberts takes readers on a sentimental visit inspired by his childhood growing up on a farm near Ipswich, South Dakota. The book also features scrapbook-styled art and photography by Jim Brummond and his 8-year-old son Zack. Return to the Farm is Roberts’ fourth Christmas book created as a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. Roberts joined Dakota Midday and discussed the book and his Christmas memories.

Guide To Geek Gifting

Nov 21, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present one of their favorite shows of the year - the "Guide to Geek Gifting."  Listen for great gift ideas for the "tech geek" in your life!

Tech Gadget Gift Ideas

Dec 19, 2013

Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer of Tech Radio with the Computer Guys visited about last minute tech gadget gift ideas for Christmas.