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.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

Ways to Connect

Listen to our session with this Minneapolis-based Neo Soul/Americana band from September 18, 2015. The group, together since 2009, released its latest album, The First Four, earlier this year.

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Check out our session with this indie pop/rock group that got its start in Duluth from September 11, 2015. We talked about their latest project, Stories from the Road, a series of short documentaries highlighting inspiring stories of fans the band has met on tour. They also gave us some hints about their next album, due to be released song by song over the next few months along with an accompanying movie.

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9/10 Forever Home

Sep 10, 2015


Jenga is a tan and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is 2 years old. She came to us as a stray from St. Louis County and is now looking for her new loving home! Jenga is a smart and loving girl who already knows the commands for "sit", "shake" and "down". She has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.


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Tom Kasper talks about garden tasks other than harvesting and preserving that we can be doing this time of year to prepare for next year's growing season.  He also shared tips for growing sweet corn successfully in our Northern climate.

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Shane Bauer of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival joined us to kick off Community Week on Northland Morning and talk about this year's theme for the festival, re-defining bullying.

Duluth Art Institute Annie Dugan tells us about three new exhibits at the Institute and talks about a recent feature in the New York Times about how keeping a creative brain is important.

Listen to our session with this pop/rock performer from September 4, 2015. The Chicago native spent a decade in the Twin Cities before relocating last year to New York City, where she recorded her latest album, Red Letter Day. She performed at the Duluth Armory Music Fest on September 6, 2015.

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  We were happy to welcome back to our studios this veteran Minnesota folk performer (originally from New Jersey) on August 28, 2015. We talked about his latest release, Bright Side of Down, which came out early last year.

 Listen to our session from August 28, 2015 with this St. Paul musician, who takes an offbeat and eclectic approach to playing the accordian. We talked about how it became his primary instrument and about his main band, Cafe Accordian Orchestra, and how it differs from his solo performances.

Check out our session from August 18, 2015 with this band of Duluth natives who are releasing a new album of indie pop/rock the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Listen to our session with Twin Cities singer/songwriter Johnny O'Brien when he returned to our studios on August 14, 2015. He performed the same night at Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior.

8/6 Forever Home

Aug 6, 2015

  Animal Allies Humane Educator Pat Castellano talks about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets not only to reduce animal overpopulation, but also to protect pets from wandering, health problems, and some behavioral issues.  

Members of this Twin Cities Americana band joined us in the studio on July 31 2015 to give us a stripped-down preview of their full band show the same night at Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth. The group recently released its second album, We Can do Anything.

Listen to our session from July 17, 2015 with this Mississippi native who's keeping the Bentonia style of blues alive. Holmes still runs the Blue Front Cafe, which was started by his parents and is one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi. His 2006 debut album, Back to Beltonia, won three Living Blues awards, and he's since released three more discs. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Listen to our session with this Boise, Idaho band on from June 9, 2015. Their music blends folk, bluegrass, punk, and  string-band blues. They played the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.