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

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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.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we talk with Richard Smith, an elder of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, who talks about his experiences serving in the United States Navy in World War II, and his service in the U.S. Army following that. 

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator. 

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  In this two-episode series, Obizaan talks about what he calls the three different "camps" in Ojibwe culture: the "traditional" camp, the "lost spirit" camp, and the "hang around the fort" camp. 

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Larry Weber, educator, author and naturalist, talks about his observations in nature this week, including light from the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, and from glowworms who are feeding before they bed down for winter.  Despite the warm temps of late the fall foliage is showing some brilliant yellows and reds.  Larry has seen woolly bear caterpillars and an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  The fog yesterday also provided a brilliant showing of spider webs. 

© 2017 Gibson House Press / Courtney Yasmineh

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Courtney Yasmineh, the author of A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place, published in 2017 by Gibson House Press. 

Daisey is a short-haired calico who is 6 years old. She came to Animal Allies from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home!  Daisey is a gorgeous and sweet lady who is hoping to find a calm home. She loves attention, especially when it involves a nice scratch under the chin or some long, smooth strokes. Daisey is affectionate and would make a great lap cat.

We speak with Dr. Liz Hill, a UMD Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, about the Sustainability Education Summit happening this Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We speak with Duluth City Councilor-at-Large Elissa Hansen.  She is the Chair of the Finance Committee and the writer of an award-winning grant that was submitted to the Knight Foundation for Imagine Canal Park. This award will be celebrated today with a free and open-to-the-public Community Launch Party from 4 to 7 p.m. in Canal Park.

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We speak with Ellen Wiss, a member of the Voter Service Committee of the League of Women Voters in Duluth, who shares important information about tomorrow's primary election in Duluth, including who can vote, what seats are on the ballot, and when the polls open and close.

Annie Dugan talks about three big events tomorrow (Tuesday):

An opening of the Duluth Art Institute exhibit Window to the West - Nik Nerburn's Polaroid photography of Lincoln Park neighbors as well as Brad Tollefson's paintings will be on display on the front windows of the Esmond Building (2001 W Superior St.),

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Naturalist Larry Weber observes the terrific autumnal conditions this morning, including aerial spider webs in the trees, bird migrations (robins, Canada geese, crows, flickers, warblers, et al.), young coyotes, newly-independent fawns, and butterflies.  Rainfall totals are the 13th highest on record (dating back to 18701), five inches above normal.  Wasps and hornets are gathering on goldenrod as they start to seek winter homes.  Late blooms include sunflowers, aster. Blackberries are still on hand, and the first phase of fall leaves are beginning to appear.

Our Sustainability Week series continues on Northland Morning as we speak with Bret Pence, the Arrowhead Network Regional Coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.  Solar energy and the use of "smart" storage batteries home is a reality that not only can serve as a backup for outages but also can provide an ongoing renewable power source that integrates with the existing power grid to reduce dependency on power from fossil fuel sources.  

© 2017 Prospect Park Books

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Quinton Skinner, the author of Odd One Out, published in 2017 by Prospect Park Books.  This novel, his third, starts with an abrupt awakening of three children in the night by their father who has found that their mother has deserted them.  Their ensuing cross-country journey to find her reveals many more unanswered questions, some that take years to resolve.

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