Local broadcast legend Steve Poitras definitely has the gift of gab. He’s worked in TV and radio in Fargo-Moorhead for almost 40 years, covering everything from news, weather, sports, finance, and everything in between. Currently, Steve hosts the personal finance show “Investment Talk” at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and the quiz show “Trivia Time” at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoons, both on The Mighty 790, KFGO.
Apart from his broadcast work, Steve also has a long theatre career. He was active with MSUM’s Straw Hat Theatre during his college years in the late 60s and has kept theatre a part of his life ever since. Over the years, he’s had a number of roles in area theatrical productions, including “La Perichole,” “Desert Song,” and “The Mikado” with the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera;” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at MSUM; “Joined at the Head” at Theatre B; and plenty of roles with FMCT, including the upcoming “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (opening April 4).
And, Steve is a big music nut. For this installment of What Gets Me Going, we were invited into Steve’s sun room/vinyl cave, listened to side one of “Sergeant Pepper’s,” and talked extensively about The Beatles’ appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” which was 50 years ago this week … and let me tell you, the guy knows his Beatles history.
What book, music, movie, artwork, etc., really gets you going? Why?
Book: “The Age of Reason” by Thomas Paine, because it eloquently counters the fairy tales and contradictions of The Bible.
Music: Louis Armstrong, among others, declared that there are two kinds of music: good and bad. I like all good music whether the blues, R & B, jazz, country, rock, and classical. None of that new shit that supposedly passes for country, though. That is schlock! The blues probably ranks number one with me.
Movie: “Pulp Fiction” was a landmark in popular film-making.
Artwork: I especially like Turner and all of the Impressionists.
What artist, musician, etc., inspires you the most? Why?
Tough question – a few who rank highest with me would be Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, and Taj Mahal.
What’s something you saw or heard recently that you would recommend to others?
“Dallas Buyers Club” really impressed me. Matthew McConaughey’s performance may not win the Oscar, but it deserves to.
What local artist, musician, writer, etc., do you admire, and why?
Glass master Jon Offut, saxophone superstar Russ Peterson, trumpeter extraordinaire Tom Strait, and Ellen Diederich for all her appealing works.
Any guilty pleasures you’d like to share?
I spend far too much time online playing a word game called Lexulous that I am addicted to. And I waste too much time on Facebook, too. (Don’t we all, Steve. – ed.)
Images, from top: Steve Poitras rummages through his excellent vinyl collection, including plenty of Tom Waits, Rolling Stones, Henry Nilsson … a lot of gems; putting on side one of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and talking Beatles.