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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe, Morning Host and Producer

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Preview: Downing College Choir in Blue Mountain Lake

The Downing College Chapel Choir of Cambridge University presents a concert tonight at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. This is the choir's third visit to the Adirondacks. The group performed a series of concerts in Manhattan last week, and will visit Vermont later this week. Todd Moe talks with Nicki Bryant, one of the singers in the 23-voice choir.  Go to full article
Carol Gregson, The Pottersville Complainer
Carol Gregson, The Pottersville Complainer

People: The Pottersville Complainer

Todd Moe chats with Carol Gregson, also known as "The Pottersville Complainer". She's collected on CD some of her memoirs of life in the Adirondacks. We'll hear one of her stories and you can decide if the name is justified.  Go to full article
Actor/mime Bill Bowers
Actor/mime Bill Bowers

Theatre: It Goes Without Saying

From a childhood in rural Montana, to Broadway, to training with Marcel Marceau, It Goes Without Saying tells a funny and touching story of the important role that silence plays both on stage and in life. It Goes Without Saying opens tonight at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. Todd Moe talks with actor/mime Bill Bowers about his one-man show, which reveals his "life in tights".  Go to full article

People: Singer/Songwriter Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler, originally from Michigan, is a mainstay of the Boston-area folk scene. She's performed her blend of folk/pop to packed coffeehouses, colleges and concert halls around the world, and she's touring the Adirondacks this summer. Todd Moe chats with Sara about how she developed her guitar playing and songwriting skills.  Go to full article
Members of the Long Rapids Fife and Drum Corps rehearse for a long summer of parades, musters and other events.
Members of the Long Rapids Fife and Drum Corps rehearse for a long summer of parades, musters and other events.

Keeping the Beat: Long Rapids Fife and Drum Corps Revives Early Military Music

Communities across the region are putting on their best show of the year to celebrate Independence Day. There are picnics, parades, reunions and the perenial fireworks displays at dusk. One of the units marching in today's Fourth of July parade in Norwood is the Long Rapids Fife and Drum Corps, which is dedicated to preserving the history of military music from the 18th and 19th centuries. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article

Potsdam Piper Heads to Scotland

Hollis Easter and Susie Petrov bring the musical heritage of Scotland to our studios. They're preparing for a concert Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton featuring traditional Scottish tunes. Hollis was recently awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study abroad. Todd Moe talks with Hollis about the upcoming concert and his year-long trek to Scotland.  Go to full article
Racers prepare for the Regatta. (above)  Bob and Jonathan Abbott, of Montreal, pose with "The Predator". (below)
Racers prepare for the Regatta. (above) Bob and Jonathan Abbott, of Montreal, pose with "The Predator". (below)

An Appetite for Speed: The Norwood Lake Regatta

Last weekend, nearly 100 power boats met on Norwood Lake, north of Potsdam, to compete for prizes and national titles. The Norwood Lake Regatta attracts hydroplane and runabout racers from across North America. As Todd Moe reports, it's an opportunity for drivers of all ages to showoff on the water.  Go to full article

Preview: Rebecca Kelly Ballet's Summer Dance Residencies

The Rebecca Kelly Ballet begins its 17th summer residency in the Adirondacks this month. The company offers a variety of dance-related activities this summer in Lake Placid, Plattsburgh and Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with Rebecca Kelly, who says her company's summer stay in the North Country has expanded over the years to include more communities and more programs for children.  Go to full article

Adirondack Carousel Seeks Songs

Calling all songwriters. The Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake is looking for original songs with a carousel theme. The Adirondack Carousel Project is building a full-size merry-go-round in the village of Saranac Lake, to be filled with wooden wildlife, from loons to bears. Todd Moe talks with "Songs for a Carousel" project coordinator Karen Loffler, who says the 28 foot carousel will include 20 animals and 2 chariots.  Go to full article

Music in the Park: Norwood Village Green Series Celebrates 30 Years

A popular North Country music series celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. Todd Moe talks with Norwood Village Green Concert Series founder and president Joe Liotta.  Go to full article

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A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe's hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music.