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Tune in for final 'Goin' Coastal'

Patchouli provides the music for the fourth and final live radio hour program “Goin’ Coastal” at 7 p.m. Saturday June 8.

Mike Slygh and the Goin’ Coastal Players wrap up their four-part live audience radio show next weekend. Experience the radio hour at 7 p.m. Saturday June 8 in the WideSpot Performing Arts Center, Stockholm, Wisconsin.

“Goin’ Coastal,” originally masterminded by former Widespot art director Kelly Tatum, has been a major collaborative effort among Wisconsin’s west coast talent, debuting last August.

Funded through a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the radio program serves not only as an outlet for local entertainment but also has opened up communication options to meet the community’s need for local information.

“This is our fourth show and each one has been better than the previous,” said host Slygh, adding he hopes the trend continues.

The once radio disc-jocky later high school sports-announcer couldn’t be more thrilled about the show’s success. Slygh, a local Pepin resident, returned to the performing arts world last year after a 25-year hiatus – first by starring in community-based film “River Road Romance” as part of the Flyway Film Festival and now serving as the host for the live radio program.

“The most satisfying part of the show, so far, has been how incredibly good the cast has been as performers working together,” he said. “I couldn't hope for any better people to have on this project.”

The radio cast includes musician Emily Huppert, sound effects man Gib Krohn and actors Michelle Meyer, Steve Anderson, John Demma and Helene Olson-Reed. Crew includes sound man Fred Harding and recording engineer Tim Caswell.

“We've also had great writing for our dramas from professional writers Mary Logue and Lu Lippold,” Slygh said. “Then when you add in the outstanding musical guests we've had, including the very popular Patchouli in this next show, you can't help but be happy with the result.”

Think of the show as the Wisconsin-spinoff of National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Paralleled show structures emulate the same feel-good community-based vibes through conversational dialect, on-going stories, perfectly placed sound effects and music.

During the final episode, followers will find out who killed Ole Anderlanderson as Patty the Postmistress, (along with her hunka burnin’ love boyfriend, the Sheriff), finally solves “The Case of the Cat Hater,” written by Mary Logue.

Learn about the Lake Pepin region from loveable “local historical expert,” Floyd Torgeson. Created by writer Lippold, Floyd’s long-winded Swedish charm infects the collective heart of the audience as he changes history one slice of lemon pie at a time.

Musical guest Patchouli includes award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel.

Slygh notes the show “looks” better with the addition of better lighting onstage through the professional efforts of local lighting experts Jay Olson-Goude and John Myklebust.

“The audience response has been so good we've been asked to do a second season starting this fall,” he said. “We're happy about this because we're having too much fun to stop now.”

Wine, craft beer, soda, and water are available at the WideSpot cash bar located inside the theater.

The company recommends securing your seat with an early reservation. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, online at or by mail if postmarked by Monday June 2. Find more information about Patchouli at

If you go …

What: “Goin’ Coastal” radio hour.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday June 8

Where: WideSpot Performing Arts and Community Center, second story of N2030 Spring St., Stockholm

Cost: $10

More info: 715-307-8941 or or

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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