The concept behind the Big River Radio Wave is to create an hour-long variety with performers, themes and topics native to the rural upper Midwest area in which the show is performed, but easily accessible to a wider audience. The show interweaves original and public domain music performed by the house band The RiverBenders with the off beat comedy of Minneapolis comedian Mary Mack, storytelling by internationally acclaimed naturalist Kenny Salwey and call in observations from author/speaker/humorist Michael Perry.
The show is performed at the Big River Theater in the historical downtown district of Alma, Wisconsin. Alma is a river town of 900 people tucked in the bluffs along the banks of the Mississippi River. The theater itself has a capacity of just over 100 people and lends itself perfectly to the intimate, personal feel of the show. The support personnel were culled from community volunteers with experience ranging from theatrical, to technology, to financing, art and promotions. The end result is an engaging theatrical experience with an intelligence, wit and charm all its own.
The Big River Radio Wave will be broadcast Friday nights, July through September, at 6PM on 90.3 WHLA/La Crosse, 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.
Make sure to tune in!