MANKATO — We're willing to go out on a limb here and say there are only two people in Mankato who have interviewed so many celebrities.
Two happening dudes — who make no money doing it — have for years been saying to each other, “Who would be somebody cool to talk to on the show this week?” And then oftentimes, whatever name pops out of their mouths, they make it happen.
Dustin Wilmes and Juston “Ton” Cline of “The Five Count” on 89.7 FM, the independent KMSU Radio station, have interviewed John C. Reilly, Jesse Ventura and “Weird Al” Yankovic, to name a few.
But some of the funnest shows (if you were a child of the '90s like they were) are the interviews with people mostly popular back in the day — Jaleel White (Steve Urkel), Michael Bower and Danny Cooksey (Donkeylips and Budnick of “Salute Your Shorts”), and even one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This summer the two have compiled the most jam-packed roster of celeb interviews yet.
We talked with the fellas about how their idea for such a unique series of guest shows began and where they hope to take it from here.
Free Press: You're going on 10 years of doing “The Five Count” on KMSU. What's kept you excited to keep doing the show every week for that long?
Dustin Wilmes: It’s still fun! The show has changed and evolved over the years, but at its core it’s still just an opportunity to hang out with my buddy Ton, be obnoxious, play some cool music, and chat with some people we admire. I still look forward to it every week.
Juston Cline: I agree, it remains fun and interesting. Never in my life did I expect to be doing the things I have on the show and to have a pal to do it with is extra special.