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

photo by Sam Alvar

Women's Words on February 3, 2013 featured Duluthian Sue Sojourner reading an excerpt from her new book Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi that has been published this month by the University Press of Kentucky.

Women's Words: February 3, 2013: Sue Sojourner

Women's Words on January 27, 2013 featured Amy Lee, a UMD graduate student reading two poems, "Feeding the Hungry," and "Voices, Crazling, Rattling."

Women's Words: January 27, 2013: Amy Lee

Women's Words on January 20, 2013 featured Meredith Cornett of Duluth reading an excerpt from her memoir, Heart of Palms.

Women's Words: January 20, 2013: Meredith Cornett

Women's Words on January 6, 2013 featured Jill Hinners of Duluth reading two poems, "Interrupted" and "Outliving."

Women's Words: January 6, 2013: Jill Hinners

Women's Words on December 30, 2012 featured Deborah Cooper, Duluth's Poet Laureate, reading two poems, "This Twilight," and "In Poetry Class at the Jail, Derek Talks about the Moon."

Women's Words: December 30, 2012: Deborah Cooper

Women's Words on December 23, 2012 featured Deborah Cooper, Duluth's Poet Laureate, reading three poems, "In Winter," "Collecting Light," and "Let This Poem Be."

Women's Words: December 23, 2012: Deborah Cooper

Women's Words on December 16, 2012 featured Katharine Johnson of Cloquet reading an excerpt from her work in progress The Wind and the Drum.

Katharine Johnson is a retired teacher and Media Center Director from Cloquet High School. Her love of research and writing fills her time now--as well as traveling with her husband to see family and grandchildren.

Women's Words on December 9, 2012 featured Micky McGilligan, a writer from Two Harbors reading an excerpt of "The Kindness of Rangers," from her online travelogue Last Chance to Travel with Charlie.

Women's Words: December 9, 2012: Micky McGilligan

Women's Words on December 2, 2012 again featured Sheila Packa, a former Duluth poet laureate, who read two poems, "Red Clover, " and "The Cost."

Women's Words: December 2, 2012: Sheila Packa

Sheila Packa writes about northern Minnesota. She was Duluth's Poet Laureate 2010-2012, and she teaches writing at Lake Superior College. See her website and blog about poetry process at www.sheilapacka.com

Women's Words on November 25, 2012 featured Sheila Packa, a former Duluth poet laureate, who read three poems, "Vermillion Trail, " "Not Forgotten," and "Fox, No Longer Hidden."

Women's Words: November 25, 2012: Sheila Packa

Sheila Packa writes about northern Minnesota. She was Duluth's Poet Laureate 2010-2012, and she teaches writing at Lake Superior College. See her website and blog about poetry process at www.sheilapacka.com

Women's Words on November 18, 2012 again featured Amy Jo Swing of Duluth, this time reading a chapter called "Lollypop, Lollypop" from her middle grade novel-in-progress called Mo the Mouse and the Train of Words.

Women's Words: November 18, 2012: Amy Jo Swing

Women's Words on November 11, 2012 featured Amy Jo Swing of Duluth, reading three poems: "Coloring the Monsters," "Crossing It Off," and "Wordage."

Women's Words: November 11, 2012: Amy Jo Swing

Womens Words on November 4, 2012, featured Cheryl Reitan of Duluth, reading her short story "Survival."

Women's Words: November 4, 2012: Cheryl Reitan

Womens Words on October 28 featured Terry Falsani of Duluth, reading three poems, Onerous Words, Halloween, and Closure.

Women's Words: October 28, 2012: Terry Falsani

Women's Words on October 21, 2012 featured Margi Preus of Duluth, Minnesota, reading a second excerpt from her newest book Shadow on the Mountain; A Novel Inspired by the True Adventures of a Wartime Spy.

Women's Words: October 21, 2012: Margi Preus

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