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

UMD Land Lab / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Dr. Randy Hanson, Director of the UMD Land Lab joins us to talk about the 2018 UMD Farm Fest, a celebration of community, food, art and the hard-work of our on-campus farm, happening this Sunday from 12 to 4 pm at the UMD Land Lab, aka the Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm.

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In 2015, Minnesota had the third–highest reported number of human trafficking cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. St. Louis County Commissioner Beth Olson spoke to KUMD about her recent round table discussion with the head of the Blue Campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as local agency leaders. 

KUMD's contributing producer JP Rennquist brings us story about Denfeld High School, the most diverse high school north of the Twin Cities and one of the most diverse schools in the state overall.

Shannon Cousino/UWS

Every Monday, CSS art instructor Annie Dugan keeps us informed about the great art in our community.  This week:

The UWS Faculty Art Exhibition opens Thursday at 5pm at the Kruk Gallery at UWS,

The Duluth Art Institute has two simultaneous openings, also on Thursday, featuring works by Amanda Breitbach ("Land/People") and Aaron Squadroni ("Mesabi Land Portraits").

For years, the existing Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House and Treatment Center has been providing individualized treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency.  However, its facility on 4th Avenue West in Duluth is showing its age.

Jacob Norlund [via Flickr, modified]

Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, talks with KUMD about ongoing efforts across the community, both civic and private, to create energy sustainability that can last, reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

Mrdorkesq [via Flickr]

August was awesome, but Naturalist and author Larry Weber explains why September is wonderful. too.  Among many things to note: Bird migration is underway and next week will be a prime week to view raptors at Hawk Ridge.  It's also "turtle time," with baby snapping turtles emerging from their nests.  Leaves are starting to change and some late-season wildflowers are blooming too.

© 2017 MN Historical Society Press / Mary Lahr Schier

MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, published in 2017 by MN Historical Society Press.  She is the editor of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Northern Gardener Magazine, and she has created this guide distilled from the century-and-a-half of that publication, providing useful wisdom for

Brett Groehler / NRRI / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Efforts in Minnesota to restore wild rice haven’t been consistent. In some lakes it came back beautifully, in other places competing perennial plants – mainly pickerel weed and narrow-leaf cattails – have won out. Why?

Cindy Hakala, the President of Starry Skies Lake Superior, talks about ways that we can reduce light pollution in our nighttime sky.  By using lights that emit warmer colors and limit their focus downward, we can support better astronomical vistas in the Northland, and also a better circadian environment for plants, animals and people in the region. 

We speak with Annika Frazer, Co-Leader of the Environmental Task Force of MPIRG at UMD (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), about MPIRG's nearly 48-year mission as "a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota."

Ginette Callaway / Blind Ambition Mgmt.

KUMD's Chris Harwood, host of Soul Village, interviewed the great singer, songwriter and producer William Bell, noted for his career at Stax Records in Memphis where he made such hit records in the 1960s as "You Don't Miss Your Water," "I Forgot to Be Your Lover," and his duet with Judy Clay "Private Number."  As a songwriter, he wrote many of his own records, often partnering with longtime friend and label mate Booker T Jones.  Together they wrote many songs for Bell and others, including Albert King's "Born under a

Susanne Nilsson [via Flickr]

Naturalist and author Larry Weber reminds us that the fog and dews that we often see in August make for some amazing spider web views in the mornings.   That said, we've had less rain this month than we should have.  Mushrooms and berries are on the scene, the sphinx moths are out and about, and sunflowers, aster, goldenrod and arrowhead are gracing our landscape as well.

© 2018 23rd Veteran

KUMD talks with Mike Waldron of 23rd Veteran, an organization assisting veterans in their transition from military to civilian life through an innovative positive reconditioning program.

23rd Veteran is hosting a bus ride for veterans for Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on August 28th.

Kristine Osbakken of Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota (BigMN), a grassroots organization advocating for an emancipatory Basic Income, talks with us about the concept of basic income and their recent potluck on Sunday August 5th with guest speaker Stefan Ziller a Berlin state government MP.

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