Radio Red

Radio Red

by Mark R Hunter


Radio Red by Mark R Hunter is a fun romp through the inner workings of a low budget radio station. It has everything I want in a book – a touch of romance, a touch of mystery, and plenty of laughs!

From the opening scene, to the final chase scene, I enjoyed everybody in this fast-moving story. Jumping to conclusions is my favorite form of exercise, so I especially loved it when poor Aaron thinks the Stephan King book he is reading has come to life.

Radio Red bounces quickly, extricating Aaron and Kirsten from imagining they are in the middle of a terrifying movie scene to Kirsten learning how to operate a radio station. She becomes comfortable in her on-air persona and masters operating the studio machines and the remote studio. As soon as she starts thinking she might like working at the radio station, she becomes the target of  a mad saboteur. Kirsten battles wits with the vandal as she tries to discover who is trying to set her up to take the blame for ruining the radio station.

Peopled with some entertaining minor characters to keep things moving, this story is a very fast read. Radio Red is peopled with characters that could easily be my real-life neighbors

Aaron and Kirsten end up falling in love against their will. In between all the silly hijinks of the humans – was it Dear Abby or Shakespeare who said the path of true love never runs smooth? But then again, why should humans get to have all the fun? After all, the Lake Bellaire Plaid Sock Monster could easily become a worthy villain in its own right – as long as nobody decides to call out the National Guard to attack it.

Good escape fiction wraps up all the loose ends in a satisfying manner, and I really enjoyed the way Radio Red tied that bow!





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Radio Red by Mark R Hunter really should be available at your local public library! If it is not, ask them to order a copy, because this book is fun.



Because I like model trains, you really need to check this place out!

The South Dakota State Railroad Museum


Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the South Dakota State Railroad Museum fascinates the young — and the young at heart – with an amazing operational HO scale railroad. It features places you can really identify from both North and South Dakota – and features something interesting for everyone!



The name of the Museum sounds like their funding is provided by the State of South Dakota, but that is not the truth. In fact,  all funds for operations, materials, and railroad items have all been donated along with grants and fundraising event and hours of volunteer participation.

It is the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, Ltd, a not-for-profit 501c3. The museum was established for the purposes of preservation, education, and promotion for South Dakota’s railroad history.



From the brochure: “You will see locomotives and rolling stock from many of the railroads that have and are still operating in South Dakota, plus replicas of other famous trains from around the United States. There are also numerous scale buildings and scenes from around the State and region that you may recognize.”



It is located right next to the Black Hills Central/1880 Train depot in Hill City, South Dakota



In 2004, the museum started out in an unused former Pullman sleeper on the 1880 Train’s property in Hill City, SD.



If you are planning a Mount Rushmore vacation, this is another family friendly excursion you need to add to the itinerary.


ALL Aboard the 1880 Train

The 1880 Train


Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the 1880 Train is a vintage steam train that runs between Hill City and Keystone.

If you are planning a Mount Rushmore vacation, this is something you need to add to the itinerary.



The round trip takes two hours, but it feels much faster than that. It is a relaxing ride


If you want to sightsee in the middle, you can schedule the return trip to be later. They do require you select the “return time” when you make your reservations, just to make sure everybody has a seat!









The 1880 Train is a family friendly excursion.

It gives you a unique way to see the Black Hills of South Dakota by vintage steam train in this exciting two-hour 20-mile roundtrip ride between Hill City and Keystone.