Chris Harwood

Production Director / Interim Program 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. 

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Larry Weber makes many interesting year-end observations when looking back over 2019.  Here are a few: January was colder than normal, including twice when temps dropped below -40.  We set a February record for snowfall.  March and April didn't see a lot of snow, but May did and set another record.

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Baby is a black domestic short hair cat who is about 1 year old. He came to Animal Allies from a previous home. Baby is best friends with Chips (below) and would love to go home with him if possible! 

Chips is an orange tabby who is about 1 year old. He came to Animal Allies from a previous. Chips really loves his friend, Baby (above), and would like to go home with him if possible! 

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Liz West [via Flickr]

Although the winter snow has been building a good water-base in the soil for the upcoming spring, Tom Kasper advises us that it has also provided coverage for voles and other ground critters to feast on your recently-planted trees and shrubs.  You might want to do a little snow excavation and get some wrap around the bases of those plants.

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Annie Dugan suggests some interesting diversions during this holiday week:

A book on the women of the Bauhaus movement,

A podcast series about the 1990 art heist at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston,

A film about the 2004 library heist at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky,

There is a cornucopia of art to see this week, and plenty of activity for you and your relatives to burn off the carbs from Thursday's feast:

Everyday Mayhem, an exhibit of the photographs by Kip Praslowicz at the Kruk Gallery of the Holden Fine Arts Center at UWS.  The exhibit is open now through December 18,

The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.,

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Grey November is upon us.  After the cold spell earlier this month ten degrees lower than normal, temps in the Northland have now risen back to typical November levels. 

The last thirty days have yielded less than one inch of snow.  

Chris Harwood

"Sensational September" is now over, and naturalist and author Larry Weber notes that, despite what you may think, September was actually 2 degrees warmer than normal.  Not many hot days, but there were also not many chilly days.  But there was also about 1.5 inches more precipitation than usual.

There are many reasons to create social clubs, such as community service, sports, arts, books, or other common interests.  A new club on the UMD campus has been created called the Kevin Klub, with the goal of gathering together a common-interest community of Kevins; people named Kevin and people who know and admire persons named Kevin.

Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren [via Flickr]

This week we are joined by John Richardson, Count Interpreter for the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.  Hawk Ridge is gearing up for another season, and John reports that activity began picking up last week.  Many great birds have already been spotted, including common nighthawks, bald eagles, and broad-winged hawks.  Also they were delighted a few days ago to spot a black vulture!

KUMD speaks with Bryan French the co-founder and current director of the Duluth Folk School.  

Founded in 2016, they have experienced such significant growth that the space they share with Dovetail Café in Lincoln Park is becoming too cramped, and often can be too disruptive for the co-habitation of the two entities. 

Chris Harwood

Tom Kasper advises that the cold spring temperatures 

- regardless of the steady rains and warmer temps in early summer - may result in fewer and smaller vegetables and fruits in the fall.  Hardy gardeners should always consider utilizing tactics in the spring to give their plants a good start.

Not that long ago, people were shocked at a viral video showing a homeless woman discharged from a hospital to the street here in Duluth.  But that was over a year ago.  Since then, Duluth's Bob Tavani Medical Respite House - one of only 62 in the nation - has provided a safe and nurturing place for homeless persons, giving them the necessary time to fully recuperate from hospital treatments.  

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