Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

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In a year that saw the launch of Duluth's first all-female music festival, FeMNfest, we look back at a time when women weren't such a commonplace part of the music scene. Liz Minette talks with Ione Tomasetti of Iron Range band Renown and Duluth's Lorene Couture of bands Hostage and Legacy about their time in music, from their first-ever gigs to giving words of encouragement to a young Bob Dylan (then Bobby Zimmerman) after watching him get booed off the stage during a talent show to hearing their songs on the radio for the first time.

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www.bobdylan.com

Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples are bringing their tour to St. Paul and we want to send our listeners as a way of saying "thank you" for helping us reach our goal during our Fall Membership Drive. Tune in for a pledge-free week October 16 through October 20 to enter our drawing! 

Listen everyday this week for chances to call and enter, you can enter once per day.  The winners will be announced on Friday, October 20. The show takes place on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30PM at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. 

Coyote in Studio A
KUMD

Local musicians Jerree Small and Marc Gartman have been making beautiful acoustic music together as Coyote for 10 years now. Along the way they added bass player Matt Mobley and released a handful of albums. In honor of the band's anniversary, they performed at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth on September 29. We got a preview when Small and Gartman joined us in the studio the same day.

We thank you, our dedicated listeners and members, for cutting our membership drive short once again.

You helped us reach out $35,000 fundraising goal, ensuring that KUMD's music and programming will broadcast across the Northland, and stream online around-the-world, for another year.

Black River Revue Live in Studio A
KUMD

This local bluegrass-influenced four-piece releases its third album, Just Can't Win in style with back-to-back shows at Pizza Luce, September 29 and September 30. They also squeezed in an in-store performance at the Electric Fetus and a session with us on September 29.

Black River Revue

Pizza Luce

This Hibbing indie rock trio has been around since 2011, releasing one album along the way. They joined us in the studio on September 28. They performed the same night as part of Beaner's Central's One Week Live and on September 30 at the Rex Bar in Duluth.

Average Mammals

Rex Bar

Beaner's Central

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Ryan Ueki for KUMD

This native of Northern Minnesota's Leech Lake Indian Reservation has a new album combining her environmental activism and her music. The release, The Beast and the Garden, features veteran musician Mark Shark of the late John Trudell's Bad Dog band among others. Humphrey joined us in the studio on September 19, 2017 with The Long Hairz Collective; they all perform on Friday, September 22 at the AICHO Galleries in Duluth.

Annie Humphrey

FEmnFest

Abigail Mlinar and Brittany Lind, organizers of Duluth's newest festival FEmnFEST, joined Christine Dean to talk about what inspired this unapologetically feminist festival. They talked about why they felt it was needed and about the music and workshops that will be featured during this three-day event.

Find out more about the festival

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Breanne Tepler has been performing in Duluth's music scene since 2010, most recently with her band the Front Porch Sinners, which includes her husband, Evan Tepler, on guitar. She stopped by our studios on September 14, 2017, with pedal steel player Johnny "Blaze" Peterson to perform and talk about her latest album, Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds. While her first two releases were marked by family tragedies, she told us this one is more lighthearted.

Forever Home

Sep 7, 2017
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Kita-Animal Allies, Tux-Contented Critters

Kita is a gray and white large American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is 4 years and 3 months old. She came to us as a transfer from a different shelter and is now looking for her new loving home! Kita is a warm, loving dog who loves to explore the outdoors! She enjoys being around people and loves scratches behind her ears. She will be spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated by the time of adoption.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Rick McLean joined us for a session  of offbeat punky folk rock on September 8 . He had a release show the following night for his first full-length album, Here's Another Fine Mess.

Rick McLean Bandcamp

Blush

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Listen to our interview with Daniel Oyinloye and members of the Mixtape Project, a project to engage youth involved in a Woodland Hills program and give them the opportunity to write and record their own music inspired by their personal stories. They stopped by our studios on August 16, 2017, to talk with DJ TJ and share tracks from the project. You can hear the tracks mentioned in the interview and more here.

This Minneapolis group plays gypsy jazz with smooth female vocals. They recently released their second album, Masquerade. We found out more when they joined us in the studio on August 11, 2017.

Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League

The Red Herring Lounge

This Minneapolis musician fronted The Bill Mike Band and has collaborated with Haley Bonar and Carnage, among others. In 2013 he developed tinnitus and hyperacusis (extreme sound sensitivity), which threatened to end his ability to make music. After several years of seeking effective treatments, Michel has found relief from a combination of medication and mindfulness techniques. His latest album On the Mend, is his first studio album in seven years and his first all-acoustic album.

This Seattle-based singer/songwriter/guitarist got his start in his native Minnesota. He's released several albums of rootsy, guitar-driven material including his latest, RC, and has also scored TV shows and indie films. We welcomed him to the studio on  August 4, 2017; he performed the same night at the Boat Club in Fitger's and also had a show the previous night (August 3, 2017) at the Cedar Lounge in Superior.

Randy Casey

Cedar Lounge

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