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.