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KUMD studio renamed for radio host John Bushey

Mayor Emily Larson and John Bushey share a moment after KUMD's Studio B was renamed for Bushey Tuesday. Steve Kuchera /

The space formerly known as Studio B at KUMD-FM was officially renamed for a radio show host who has regularly recorded his long-running Bob Dylan-centric program within its walls.

The John Bushey Highway 61 Revisited Studio sign was co-hung by its namesake and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson during a short event Tuesday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where the public radio station is based. Larson called it “a celebration of your life’s work” and added, “You are a treasure to us, John.”

Bushey said he thought his show, which airs at 5 p.m. on Saturdays on 103.3 FM, would last about a year. It’s been more than 25. “It’s not volunteering,” he said. “It’s not work at all when you’re doing what you love.” Bushey’s program includes rare songs, anecdotes and interviews — all delivered without notes, according to Maija Jenson, program director.

As for John Bushey Highway 61 Revisited Studio, which is in line for an upgrade: “It’s very peaceful to me,” Bushey said.