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

Scott Maxwell

Roxanne DeLille and Valerie Shangreaux share their experiences in community leadership: how they entered into leadership roles, who inspired and encouraged them, and the lessons they have learned.

Chris Harwood

While your garden is slumbering (yet surviving) under the cold snow and ice, now is the time to contemplate the coming season.  Tom Kasper reminds us that while gardening activities are dormant out-of-doors, there are still preparations to be made indoors and in our imaginations.  Seed catalogs are beginning to circulate, providing many options to consider.

Duluth - Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

The MIC (Metropolitan Interstate Council) has been putting together a long-term Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bikeways Plan - a system of safe, coordinated, on-street bike routes to support bicycling as a transportation option for people of all ages and abilities.

Pupparazzi / Lisa Johnson

Now 51 hours into the marathon, Ryan Redington has arrived at the Finland checkpoint.  At nearly the same minute, the next closest competitor, Denis Tremblay, was just leaving Sawbill for Finland. 

Pupparazzi / Lisa Johnson

Ryan Redington is repeating the strategy he used last year - starting off with a sprint to the front.  The question is: Can he keep up the pace?  Last year, this strategy unfortunately saw his team shrink in size to the point that he was passed approaching the final finish line.  KUMD's Chris Harwood talks with Beargease veteran John Stetson about Redington's possible plan of action, and the other five or so teams that are by no means left behind.  

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Host Annie Dugan brings to our attention a few notable events this week:

On Wednesday, 1/17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Erika Fryklepak is holding an "Asana & Art: postures and creative exploration" class at Muggymoose Massage and Thai Bodywork in downtown Duluth,

Sharon Mollerus [via Flickr]

It has been so cold these past few weeks, it's enough to make one think that everything in nature has burrowed down deep for a long sleep. But if there is anyone in our community who can remind us to look around to see that is not the case, it is educator, author and naturalist Larry Weber, and he joins us every Friday for Backyard Almanac.

Michael Rael [via Flickr]

Larry Weber observes the cold temps ending this month are in sharp contrast to the warm temps at the end of November.  Our precipitation totals for 2017 are 6 inches above the normal average.  We reach perihelion on the night of January 2 when the earth is closest to the sun on its annual orbital journey.  There will be two full moons in January – on the 2nd and the 31st, and there will ALSO be two full moons in March – on the 1st and the 31st!  Larry is conducting his Christmas bird count today.   He has seen many tracks in the snow; mammals are out and about despite the cold temps, includ

Forever Home, 12/28

Dec 28, 2017

  Pipsqueak is a tan and white American Staffordshire Terrier, 1 year and 6 months old. He came to Animal Allies as a stray. Pipsqueak is very high energy and super social. He is outgoing and playful, but also very cuddly.  He isn't interested in toys, rather people and hanging out with you all day! He will be neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated by the time of adoption.  Two free training sessions will be provided by Animal Allies.

University of Minnesota Press

Our guest on this segment of MN Reads is Andrea Swensson, the author of Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, published in 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.  The book explores the culture and music that shaped the Twin Cities' R&B scene, and the life and career of Prince.  

Ms. Swensson has long been a music journalist in the Twin Cities and hosts a radio program the Twin Cities on local music.


We have a conversation with Jodie Slick, the CEO of Ecolibrium3, about ways to examine our homes in the winter months.  We talk a lot about our green spaces outdoors, but many of our homes are not healthy, as they can be places where mold and dust build up. What does it mean to have a healthy home? A home energy audit can help find where these issues develop and, especially in the winter months, can reveal ways to make your home more energy efficient.

Every year at this time KUMD brings you a special series called Caring and Sharing.  We interview people from local non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the Northland -- what they give TO the community and what they need FROM us during this holiday season.  Our guest this morning on the Caring and Sharing Holiday series is Mary Schmitz, the Development Director of CHUM in Duluth.

This interview originally aired on November 28, 2017

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we talk with Edye Howes, Coordinator of American Indian Education for ISD 709, and Gordon Jourdain, the Lead Teacher of the Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program at Lowell Elementary School in Duluth.

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We speak with Jennifer Teegarden, a forestry outreach specialist with the MN Department of Natural Resources about how the DNR goes about selecting the holiday tree to be placed at the Minnesota Governor's residence each year.  Also, she recommends using real trees rather than manufactured trees as they can be mulched and returned to the environment – storing carbon rather than releasing it. 

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A flurry of sick leave and minimum wage laws took effect in 2017, including in Minnesota: St Paul and Minneapolis both passed sick leave laws that went into force on July 1, 2017.  Duluth may be the next city to follow suit. Over the past year, the Duluth City Council has convened an Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force to study public views on sick leave laws and to collect input from residents and businesses alike.