Personalities: Cheryl Ladd, Pride of Huron

May 16, 2017
Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe in Charlie's Angels

She was one of Charlie's Angels, portrayed Grace Kelly in Princess Grace, and most recently played Robert Shapiro's wife in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Cheryl Ladd is arguably South Dakota's most famous female celebrity.

What you may not know is that she was once Cheryl Stoppelmoor, a talented youngster born and raised in Huron. Chuck Anderson, a native Huronian himself, naturally had to find out how the town contributed to her success.

On July 8th, 1995, he got that chance.

South Dakota high schools produce a variety of plays each year. This week the Washington High School drama department took us backstage during rehearsals of "The Wizard of Oz."

Featured cast and crew: Skylar Chapin, Kiley Lenz, Tatiana Chance, Isaiah Henderson, Noah Salter, Merci Bita, Ms. Micki DeCurtins, Noah Schlekeway, Reanna Rohrer, Ethan Jensen, Gabriella Salazar, Madelyn Morgan, Madison Weber, Joshua Maldonado, Gabriel Morvant, Arianna Person, Liliana Rolon-Colon, Jack Clarke, Jane Walsh, Blake Anderson.

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


Feb 20, 2015

Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook form the acronym SHEL, a folk/pop powerhouse from Ft.

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 2

Oct 20, 2014
Concert Window

More fun covers, Albert and Gage originals and a few songs penned by Tom Peterson highlight the second half of No Cover, No Minimum Radio's two-part concert recorded in July at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Special guest Kenny Putnam toured with Chris Gage during their stints in the Red Willow Band and with guitar legend Roy Clark.  Christine Albert has performed with Chris Gage for about 17 years.  They have released six full-length albums as a duo.  While their joy of making music is infectious, it only gets better when they're joined on stage by Putnam.  Enjoy this week's progr

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 1

Oct 10, 2014

This concert is the first of a two-part program featuring Albert and Gage with special guest Kenny Putnam, recorded July 27th at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Christine Albert and Chris Gage formed their duo in 1997 after Albert saw her future partner perform with West Texas alt-country singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore.  Albert moved to Austin, Texas in 1982.  Among her credentials are a trio of "Franco-Lone Star" fusion albums and an appearance on Austin City Limits.  Gage's roots are in South Dakota where he led the Red Willow Band in the mid-70's and early 80's.  He appear

The Rough & Tumble

Sep 19, 2014
Miner Brewing Company

Nashville has a couple of rising stars in the folk music duo of The Rough & Tumble.  Scott Tyler and Mallory Graham share in the songwriting and, according to Tyler, they instantly found a common language.  Their harmonies can bemoan great sadness and celebrate peace, comfort and joy.  In 2013, they released two songes each month as part of The Rough & Tumble Holiday Awareness Campaign.  Some of the songs celebrated the 5th of July, A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales and Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You get the picture!  The Rough & Tumble performed during the Min

The Tinder Box

Jun 13, 2014

Two months after releasing "The Attic Sessions: Volume 1," a collection of eight new songs, The Tinder Box played most of the new tunes at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City during their Winter Music Series (March 21, 2014).  Its the third recording for brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh and cousin Jon Wallner who formed in 2010 during their scholastic days at South Dakota State University.  Gruff vocals aid to the band's distinctive sound.  Elevated banjo picking, drum kicks, well-timed trumpet fills and rich harmonies enhance the overall concept.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 2

Mar 14, 2014
No Depression

More music and conversation with the Union Grove Pickers on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Hear the second half of the Union Grove Pickers performance at the 4th Annual Americana Music Festival held last November at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Also, band members Tim Jewell, Erin Castle and Josh Rieck visit about the band's new album, "Great Plains Driftin," great South Dakota venues and the Sioux Falls music scene among other topics.

Union Grove Pickers Preview New CD

Mar 11, 2014

The Union Grove Pickers, a Sioux Falls based folk/American band, are set to release their second album, "Great Plains Driftin'," at a cd release concert on Saturday, March 22 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Band members Tim Jewell, Josh Rieck, Megan DeBoer, Erin Castle and Travis Jamison talked about the upcoming release and performed live at SDPB's studios at the University of Sioux Falls on Tuesday.

Ten Tenors In Sioux Falls Friday

Mar 10, 2014

The Ten Tenors from Australia present a collection of Broadway's greatest hits Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 1

Mar 7, 2014
Orpheum Theater

According to Josh Rieck, the sound of the Union Grove Pickers could've gone any number of different directions when the group formed.  Their new cd, "Great Plains Driftin'," which is scheduled for a March 22 release during a special show at the historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, demonstrates that the band still likes to dabble in several genres.

The Good Lovelies Play Spearfish

Jan 23, 2014

The Good Lovelies perform at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The funny and upbeat Canadian trio bring textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter with just a pinch of sass to their shows.  Lighthearted songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made The Good Lovelies the darlings of the summer festival circuit, including spots at the storied Mariposa and Hillside Festivals and the Montreal Jazz Festival.  In 2010, they received a Juno Award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year for their self-titled full-le

Listen For Life's Middle Grounds

Nov 14, 2013

Israeli born Ronit Widmann-Levy performs Saturday night with Listen For Life's Middle Grounds at the Matthews Opera House.  The project is a group of international musicians championing peace and unity through music.  It brings together five acclaimed artists from the conflict countries of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.  They are bound by a belief that these countries share a heritage that transcends political, religious and geographic boundaries.  The Middle Grounds musicians' artistic repertoire includes Middle Eastern instruments like the oud, santur, rahaba and variati

"Imperfect Harmony"

Aug 21, 2013

Life can be hard.  Battles continue to rage all around us, and by midlife many of us have had our share of personal disappointments.  In her book, "Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others," Stacy Horn tells of her moving story of forgetting all that in the weekly ritual of singing some of the greatest music humanity has every produced.  She admits that she doesn't have a great voice, but like thousands of other amateur chorus members throughout the world, singing together with other people makes her happy.  Horn's commentaries have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered

"V" - The Gypsy Cowbelle

Jul 25, 2013

Living for fourteen years at a remote homestead ranch in Wyoming afforded Miss "V" the first-hand understanding of the western way of life that many read, write and sing about, but few have actually come to know. Her original songs reflect her experiences at the ranch, as well as depicting characters who rode the range before her time. The Gypsy Cowbelle brings her stories to life with her homemade banjo, guitar and rich vocals that create a comfortable campfire ambience on any stage.

Jami Lynn & Dylan James

Apr 24, 2013

Rapid City based musicians Jami Lynn and Dylan James performed live in SDPB's Vermillion studio and discussed their new cd, "Cluck & Croon."  Their concert schedule is keeping them busy into October.

"The Godmother Of Rock & Roll"

Feb 21, 2013

Gayle Wald, Professor of English at George Washington University, is featured in the PBS American Masters episode, "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll," which premieres Friday night at 10 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Wald is the author of "Shout, Sister, Shout!  You can learn more about Wald's book at

Always...Patsy Cline

Feb 19, 2013

"Always...Patsy Cline" was originally written and directed by Ted Swindley and is one of the two productions that is licensed by the family and estate of Patsy Cline.  Kaija Bonde returns to portry Patsy Cline in this musical tribute this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.  Bonde was joined by Boyd Bristow on Dakota Midday.  Bristow plays lead guitar in the six-piece band that also includes some of South Dakota's premiere musicians including Larry Rohrer, Owen DeJong, Fred Evans, Harry Wood and Gail Tallaksen.

Jami Lynn, Dylan James & Ryan Kickland

Jan 25, 2013

Three Rapid City singer/songwriters star on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Recorded September 21, 2012, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, Jami Lynn, Dylan James and Ryan Kickland took turns entertaining the American Music Festival Crowd in a warm up slot for Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps.

Enjoy the powerful vocals of Jami Lynn, the flat-picking skills of Dylan Smith and the "wrong side of the tracks" guitar and singing of Ryan Kickland.

Osborn Reunion Concerts

Oct 11, 2012

Susan Osborn is returning to South Dakota for several reunion concerts with old friends including Boyd Bristow, Kenny Putnam, Hank Harris and Eddie Dunn.  Osborn began her career in the early 70's singing in bands like Blueberry Buckle, Rosewater and the Red Willow Band.  Later, she was the lead singer with the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985.  Osborn joins Dakota Midday en route to Rapid City while Bristow and Putnam play a 40-year-old Osborn inspired song live from SDPB's Rapid City studio.

Duet Contest Finalists

Oct 2, 2012

Brian and Kaija Bonde are finalists in A Prairie Home Companion's vocal duet contest.  They perform regularly with their band East of Westreville, known for its tight harmonies and arrangements of Americana music.  The Bondes will perform on A Prairie Home Campanion's duet contest program on October 20th from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.