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KUMD’s Tribute to the Troubadour’s Translator

June 12, 2017

For the first time in its history, KUMD is naming one of its studios.

“John Bushey Highway 61 Revisited Studio” is being dedicated on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 4 p.m. at KUMD, room 130 of the Humanities Building, 1201 Ordean Court. Mayor Emily Larson will join Bushey and community members for the ceremony.

“It is wonderful to know that whenever a new student steps foot on UMD’s campus and should find an interest in the music of Bob Dylan, they will have a permanent sign to guide them on their journey,” says Marc Percansky, a concert promoter and friend of Bushey’s. “This new designation is a reminder of all the hard work that John Bushey has put forth over the years, and I wish him many more ahead.”

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

An Unparalleled Dylanologist

“Highway 61 Revisited” was launched in 1990 when Bushey contributed his innate understanding of all things Bob Dylan. 

Bushey a consummate fan and Dylan historian with an extensive collection of recorded concerts, outtakes, and vintage recordings of Bob Dylan. He has the attention and respect of Dylan fans across this country and around the world.

Since the show’s inception, Bushey has volunteered thousands of hours and featured hundreds of guests who share his passion for Dylan’s music.

“By maintaining such a high-profile show honoring Bob Dylan, Bushey has drawn attention to Dylan’s connections to the Northland and helped strengthen Duluth’s commitment to celebrating its native son,” says Maija Jenson, program director of KUMD.

“John Bushey’s commitment to his show, through good times and bad times, is deserving of exceptional honors,” says Jenson. “John has battled health concerns for more than 10 years and through treatments and health concerns, John has remained a dedicated KUMD volunteer host at KUMD.”

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, officially proclaimed, October 15, 2016 as “John Bushey/KUMD Highway 61 Revisited Day.”

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