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Welcome into the Shadow of the Sugarloaf!

What does In the Shadow of the Sugarloaf mean, anyway?

The story originates in my hometown: Winona, Minnesota; situated in a box canyon in the southeastern corner of the state, surrounded by scenic bluffs in the Mississippi River Valley. While most of its landmarks (natural or otherwise) have been eroded down, sold off, or scrapped for parking lots since the 1990s, the city's defining rock formation still stands sentinel near the east-side of town; still accented by flood lamps at night, as if an acting security light for the entire city.

It's called Sugar Loaf.

I grew up in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf. I don't simply mean the shadow it would cast on sunny days, but with the natural eponymy that comes with such landmarks. My grandfather worked for Sugar Loaf Ford; there was, once upon a time, a Sugar Loaf Brewery situated in the base of the bluff (later Bub's, now an antique store and mildew repository), etcetera.

One of the other local landmarks, a restaurant called The Hot Fish Shop (also gone the way of the carrier pigeon), stood at the east end of town, right there on Mankato Avenue, highway 61 and 14 (now a Dairy Queen). You might have heard of it, it was name dropped on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Anyhow, back in the 1950s and 1960s, many of the establishment's promotional materials publicized its location "in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf". That tagline, of course, was also a source of inspiration, though I've fudged the two words "Sugar" and "Loaf" into one, to read the way it sounds when spoken.

What kind of music do you play?

All kinds. No, really. The station spins everything from early blues and rock 'n' roll to contemporary rock music, with everything from surf music, soul, funk, library tunes, soundtrack cuts, new wave, punk and country music in the mix as well.

What you won't find is country music post-mid 1970s, gangster rap, anything you might hear on your contemporary Hot 100 affiliate. See the detailed playlist on the Music page. There are also weekly live broadcasts, which will be advertised on this site.