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

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have the first of a two-part conversation with Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe grandmother, elder and water activist involved with the Mother Earth Water Walkers.

Okeh/Sony Masterworks

The Bill Frisell Trio played at Sound in downtown Duluth on May 18th, 2018. Bill Frisell is a renowned guitarist, composer and arranger who has made a variety of recordings over the past few decades, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator with many different types of musicians.  

Susan Worner [via Flickr]

Naturalist larry Weber observes that following the 5th coldest April on record we moved into a warm start to May, then colder again.  Some much needed rain finally arrived (not much, but a good start), and many plants and blooms are beginning to emerge.  We've now reached over 15 hours of daylight.  Frogs and turtles are awakening, and many birds are returning.

University of Minnesota Press

Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van named Bert.   Their escapades are the stuff of legend, but even when things seemed dire, as Sullivan relates, "we were 22 years old and were having a lot of fun, really."

Sullivan's memoir Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Most people who go to a tattoo parlor are looking for body art.  But one Duluth couple found love.  UMD Journalism student Katherine Burke has the story.

University of Minnesota Duluth

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt has a conversation with UMD Assistant Professor Randel Hanson, the Co-Director of the Program in Environment and Sustainability.

The Duluth Playhouse / Underground Theatre

What started as a few friends dancing for fun at home has become a production at the Underground Theatre of The Pursuit of Love, a familiar journey through life in the search for "true love."  With cabaret flair, the show is filled with dancing, singing and comedic skits, featuring the music of Etta James, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Christina Aquilera.  The show performs tonight and tomorrow night at the Underground.  

Dr. Melissa Walls

With over 150 members, the KwePack Running Group includes native women from across the region who run together, but also talk together, share, encourage and redefine the standard of health and wellness in native women's lives. 

Dr. Melissa Walls (who is also an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health at UMD) joins us to talk about the group's successes and impact on their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

Tara Austin

Annie Dugan puts us in the know about several new events this week:

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 3

May 2, 2018
Woman dancing in front of a sign reading Duluth Dolls
Vicki Kurker for KUMD

Tuesday, Day 3 of Homegrown, saw much of the action shift to Canal Park where fans could easily loop between Vikre, Amazing Grace, and the Sports Garden, or hop across the Lake Avenue Bridge and take in nearby shows at Prove Gallery or Dubh Linn.

Mark Salmon [via Flickr]

Roxanne DeLille and Valerie Shangreaux discuss their work with The Community Leadership Programs at The Blandin Foundation, building leadership skills in rural and reservation communities throughout the state.  

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. 

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