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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It's been a whirlwind year for this Duluth native, who's been touring steadily and working on her latest, Catie Curtis-produced, album, Rabbit in the Road, her first since 2011.   

Along the way Kilgour won the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, which led to performances at the Sundance Film Festival and at New York City's Lincoln Center. The new material reflects the heartbreak, resilience, and new beginnings that Kilgour's experienced since her 2014 divorce. She joined us live in the studio on September 5, 2016 in advance of her CD release show on September 11 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

This Florida singer/songwriter's music has evolved from rootsy folk to a more rock sound in the past few years. 

She and her band joined us in the studio on August 30, 2016, fresh from performing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival the weekend before and at Lutsen on Monday, August 29.

This Minneapolis 6-piece released their first full-length, Thaumatrope last year with a sound they describe as cinematic, aggressive folk. 

They joined us live in the studio on August 26, 2016 and performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

This multi-instrumental Americana duo made up of Kristoffer and Abby Jo Robin got its start in Mankato a decade ago before hitting the road as glass artists on the Renaissance Fair circuit. They recently settled in Duluth, playing their first Homegrown Music Festival this year. We welcomed them to the studio on  August 9, 2016, prior to their performance at Chester Bowl.

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Storm recovery continues across the area, with power being restored to more areas, including UMD. KUMD is now back on the air, and the Rolling Thunder Reunion show will go on at the Weber Music Hall tonight as planned.

Mayor Larson will be holding a press conference with representatives from Minnesota Power and St. Louis County at 10 this morning for an update on the storm recovery efforts.

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Duluth continues to recover from Thursday night's destructive storms, widespread power outages, and high temperatures. 

UMD sent out an alert around 6 this morning that, due to the continued power outage, campus will again be closed for today. KUMD will remain off the air until power is restored to campus.

This singer/songwriter's most recent album is 2014's Blind Water Finds Blind Water, gothic tales from his native Arkansas wrapped in a rootsy blues, folk, and rock mix. Since its release, he's been touring nationally and internationally; he made a stop in Duluth July 20, 2016 for a show with Useful Jenkins and the Devil's Flying Machine. We got a preview when he joined us in the studio the same afternoon.

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Nat Harvie of Duluth band Vivielle released a solo EP on July 1, 2016.

He stopped by The Local on July 6 to share tunes from the project and spoke with host DJ TeeJay.

They talked about the EP, titled Snow is a Gift to My Fear, which was inspired by the bleakness and monotony of a Duluth winter and written during a wet, gray winter north in British Columbia, where Harvie goes to college.

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This Minneapolis Americana singer/songwriter is releasing his long-anticipated full-length debut American Dreamer on July 8.

Lee was immersed in the Minneapolis music scene at an early age, appearing onstage with the likes of Slim Dunlap of the Replacements and Curtiss A while still a teen. He later spent time in Nashville, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles before coming back to his home state. He joined us in the studio on July 14, 2016 prior to his album release show that same night.

 

Formerly based in Nashville, this Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler hit the road in 2015 in their 16-foot trailer and have stayed there ever since.

They joined us in the studio on July 8, 2016  to share tales from the road and tunes from their most recent release, Pieces and Pieces, released earlier this year. 
 


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July KUMD Monthly Concert

THURSDAY, JULY 14 // Red Herring Lounge
DOORS 8PM // MUSIC 9PM // Find tickets

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Be listening on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13, to Music Through the Day and the Local for your chance to go to the show!

Forever Home 7/7

Jul 7, 2016
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Contented Critters and Animal Allies

Corny and Ally | Animal Allies

Meet Ally and Corny! These two purr-balls are super fluffy, medium haired, and just live for attention! Ally is a gorgeous tuxedo gal who is 8 years, while Corny, a grey and white gentleman, is the younger of the two at 5 years old. Although they can be a little shy at first, once they are given enough time and patience to warm up to their new environment - they are absolute attention cravers!  They both also LOVE to be brushed and LASER toys! Unfortunately, Corny thinks that another cat will try to steal Ally from him, so they need to be the only felines in the household.

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These Twin Cities Americana singer/songwriters joined us on July 7, 2016.

Emerson is a rural Wisconsin native who's toured nationally and released her third album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down earlier this year. Morris spent time making music in Nashville before settling in Minneapolis. The two have been on the road together with what they're calling their "Highways & Heartstrings Tour." We talked about their latest albums and the challenges of balancing parenthood with playing music, and how their songwriting has changed since having kids.

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This five-piece based in Northfield, Minnesota, joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016.

We found out how they all met as professors at Carlton and St. Olaf  Colleges and how the guy with the jazz drumming degree (Daniel Groll) became the singer/guitarist and the guy with the jazz saxophone degree (Mike Fuerstein) took over drums. Andy Flory on bass,  Jason Decker guitar Louis Epstein keyboards

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Sleeping Jesus is the alter ego of Winona, Minnesota musician Nick Elstad, self-described as a "soft-spoken hopeless romantic."

We talked with Elstad about recording his first EP of melodic indie-pop, released earlier this year, on his own at his parents' house and his plans for a new recording with his full band. Elstad also shared how an obsession with Bob Dylan's music led to his own pursuit of songwriting and performing. He and his band joined us in the studio on July 1, 2016, to perform songs from the EP as well as unreleased material.

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