Pioneer 90.1

Cathy Erickson Band to Play Pioneer 90.1 Barndance Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 7

Two polka and old-time programs on Pioneer 90.1 radio will join forces this Saturday to ring in the holiday season at Northland Community & Technical College.

Ron and Elsie Shereck, hosts of the Saturday Morning Barndance, welcome the Cathy Erickson Band to their live broadcast and Christmas party, held at the Gunderson Commons at Northland’s Thief River Falls campus, Saturday, December 7 from 8AM to noon.

Erickson is the host of “Cathy’s Variety Show,” Monday nights on 90.1 FM, the college’s listener-supported public radio station.

This is the fifth year that the Barndance Christmas Party has been broadcast from the commons area. Prior to 2009, it was a smaller event, with a live band playing to a few audience members gathered in Northland’s Broadcasting department.

Station manager Mark Johnson said that the December tradition attracts one of the largest audiences of the year for Pioneer 90.1. He said in-person attendance usually averages around 200 people. Hundreds more listen online, over the air, and watch a live video feed at the station’s website,

This year’s Christmas party will also be the official launch of the Pioneer Polkacast, a new online radio station that streams Minnesota-made polka and old-time music continuously at

The music featured on the 24-7 Polkacast stream is from the collections of the Sherecks and Erickson. “They have hundreds of CDs by Minnesota musicians that they have collected over the years. We’re very fortunate that they wanted to share this music with us, “ Johnson said.

The station plans to replay the Saturday Morning Barndance and Cathy’s Variety Show later in the week on the Polkacast.

Saturday’s Christmas Party is open to the public. A freewill donation will be accepted at the door to help Pioneer 90.1 continue its Old Time and Polka programming.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.