Chris Harwood

Production Director

Chris Harwood grew up in Duluth, and as a high school student he was a volunteer announcer at KUMD.  He received a BA in Music from Macalester College in 1993, and an MA in Musicology from Columbia University in 2004.  Upon returning to Duluth in 2006, he resumed volunteering as the host of Blues Alley until 2013.  As a volunteer, he also created and continues to host Soul Village since it began in early 2009.

Now also employed as KUMD's Production Director, Chris oversees the creation of pre-recorded announcements and many other on-air programs, including Women's Words and Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  On the air, he can be heard regularly on Music Through the Day on Mondays and Tuesdays, on Soul Village on Friday afternoons, and occasionally hosts Northland Morning as well. 

Chris is a musician, a music historian, and an avid record collector.  He has worked as an audio engineer, an arranger, and a record producer.  In the mid-1990s Chris was the Music Coordinator for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  He has also worked for BMI, The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and worked behind the scenes for many musicals and concerts in New York City. 

Ways to Connect

liz west [Via Flickr]

Naturalist Larry Weber talks about his many finds this week, including Indian pipe (thriving in shady woods), basswood trees that are in bloom, mushrooms, and Queen Anne's Lace, blooming in northwestern Wisconsin.  Many songbirds are quieting down now that the fledglings are leaving the nest, although goldfinches are only now starting to nest.  Young frogs are maturing, fawns and bear cubs are out exploring with their mothers, and masses of mayflies are emerging to briefly breed before they die.

There are TWO opportunities this weekend to participate in a detailed look at the natural world in the Northland.  It is BioBlitz weekend at the Sax-Zim Bog and at Hawk Ridge.   The two events will allow the avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast to explore familiar sites with greater detail.

Friends of the Bird Sanctuary (FOTBS) of the Douglas County Wildlife Area in Gordon, Wisconsin invites members and the community to Barrens Fest 2017, a celebration of the globally significant landscape of Northwest Wisconsin.  The event is this afternoon (Wednesday July 19) from 3 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse of the Douglas County Wildlife Area, located between Solon Springs and Gordon, Wisconsin. The festival is free and open to the public. A picnic supper will be hosted by FOTBS at 6:00 p.m.

Sharon Mollerus [via Flickr]

Last month, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $988 million bonding bill, including $25.4 million in funding for the St. Louis River Estuary Restoration Project.  This funding will ALSO trigger the awarding of $47.2 million in federal funds made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to accelerate the cleanup efforts of the St. Louis River and the Duluth- Superior Harbor.  We talk with Kris Eilers, Executive Director of St. Louis River Alliance, about the vital clean-up projects this funding makes possible.

No, it is neither "mosquito season" nor "road construction season."  It is actually mural season here in the northland, with large-scale artworks being unveiled around town this week, including:

Yesterday a new mural was unveiled in Lincoln Park on the side of the Frost River building (1910 West Superior Street) by artist Paul LeJeunesse, a Duluth Art Institute artist-in-residence.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He talks about the value that Anishinaabe culture places on respecting the wholeness of the human body when considering things such as blood donations and transfusions, organ donation, body piercing, vasectomies, tattoos, amputations and surgical alterations.  He also stresses the importance of respecting each other's differences, to not tease or bully those with different identities or lifestyles.

Chris Evans [via flickr]

Naturalist Larry Weber say this period just prior to the summer solstice gives us the earliest sunrises of the year, even though not yet the longest days.  In this first week of June, the rainfall total so far this month is lower than normal.  We are now near the end of bird migration.  Many blooming flowers, including lilacs, are in fine form this week as well.

    We talk with Esther Gieschen, Program Manager and Interim Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Summer College at UWS about the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum, on June 15 as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

We speak with Robert Lee, the artistic director for the Underground Theatre in Duluth about their new production, the What She Said One Act Festival, a celebration of new plays written by women playwrights from around the country, and directed by women of Duluth, Minnesota, highlighting women's voices.

Radio Theatre is produced at KUMD with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

University of Minnesota Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Douglas Wood, the author of Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir, published in 2017 by University of Minnesota Press.

The book is a personal and familial reflection on his lifelong connection to the promise and of nature.

Doug Kerr [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  Obizaan talks about the passing of Mille Lacs elder and longtime Ojibwe Stories contributor Larry Amik Smallwood.  Obizaan conducted Amik's funeral in April, and he discusses teachings about our journey to the spirit world.  Obizaan also discusses growing up with Amik in the Aazhomog community.

Jack Pearce [via Flickr]

Naturalist Larry Weber talks about these mid-May mornings that are "beyond description" with so much happening as nature awakes.  Also, because leaves have not fully grown out yet, it is a greater opportunity to see both flora in fauna as you explore the woods of northern Minnesota.

We speak with Kate Horvath, the Children's Theater & Education Program Director of the Duluth Playhouse, about how bringing children to the theater can educate while it entertains.

KUMD is saddened by the passing of Larry Smallwood [Amik], a longtime contributor to our program Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, and to the many people in the community who benefited from his wisdom and guidance.  Amik grew up in Aazhoomoog, the Lake Lena District of Mille Lacs, and served as the director of language and culture for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He also taught Ojibwe language at many institutions, including UMD.

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