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. 

Ways to Connect

Jason Quick

Annie Dugan lets us know about several snow sculptures that have been created on several sidewalks and parking lots in the Lincoln Park Craft District as part of the Duluth Winter Festival in Lincoln Park.

Lisa Johnson

With a few fresh inches of snow on the ground, the 37th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has begun.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Need a new hobby? A reason to get some fresh air in the woods? Want to help Minnesota’s forests grow healthy and strong? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has an opportunity for you. The DNR needs hundreds of bushels of black spruce cones within the next few weeks to meet state and county spruce seed orders for spring 2021 reforestation efforts. Seeds from the nursery are used to reforest about 6,000 acres of black spruce in Minnesota each year.

Library of Congress [public domain]

December's full moon, the "cold moon," arrives tonight, though in our area it may be obscured by clouds and snowfall. However, if the clouds hold back on Sunday morning between 4 and 6 a.m. there will be a good chance of seeing the Quadrantids, an annual January meteor shower, radiating from a point above the handle of the Big Dipper. If the waxing moon to the west is too bright, Astro Bob recommends standing on the eastern side of a building to give yourself a good opportunity to see them.

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Dennis Yang

Reflecting on 2020, Annie Dugan acknowledges and offers her appreciation for artists, teachers and arts organizations in our area. "Artists and arts organizations and folks who enjoy art have had to adapt and be flexible, which is certainly one of the things that art teaches us."  She reminds us that art is "a place of refuge, of escape, [but also a place] for working out the problems and the joys in our world."  

Jernej Furman [via Flickr]

Dr. Mary Owen talks with KUMD's Lisa Johnson about the first rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. With a death rate in the native American population that is higher than the white population in the U.S., the challenges faced by the Indian Health Service (IHS) include how to distribute the vaccine efficiently, but also how to foster the community's trust in its effectiveness and safety.  

Pleuntje [via Flickr]

Tom Kasper suggests, in this pandemic era, that many lovely gifts for the garden would be very lovely for a friend, like new gardening tools, some soil, or a gift certificate.  But consider offering your time helping them in their garden as well - a great chance to visit and enjoy the fresh air while also staying physically distant.

© Ken Bloom

This week, Annie Dugan helps us find some great art available online:

  In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet. His essays on life, work, medicine and spirit are published in "News From Indian Country," and you can find the link to this story here.

KUMD's Chris Harwood talks with musician, songwriter, and producer BrownMark about his memoir, My Life in the Purple Kingdom, published 2020 by University of Minnesota Press.  Within a couple months in the summer of 1981, he went from being Mark Brown, a nineteen year-old 7-Eleven employee struggling to broaden the sound of his Minneapolis band Fantasy, to becoming BrownMark, playing bass with Prince and The Revolution in Los Angeles as the opening act for The Rolling Stones.

Fall colors along a hiking trail
Christine Dean for KUMD

It's officially fall; the days are getting shorter and the trees are putting on a colorful display.

There are still late season wildflowers adding to the color, and milkweed pods are opening to release their seeds.

Mushrooms, migrating ducks, bats, and bugs are all part of this week's phenology report from Larry Weber.

University of Minnesota Duluth/Dept. of Theatre

In the COVID-19 pandemic era performing artists have been challenged to discover new ways to share their gifts with their audiences.  Some solutions, like streaming on social media, did not even exist two decades ago. 

Chris Harwood

St. Louis County Public Works and the City of Duluth will be holding a virtual public meeting to provide information about - and get feedback on - plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Glenwood Street and Snively Road.  KUMD talks with Vic Lund, a St. Louis County Traffic Engineer, about the considerations that were used by the city and county when determining a roundabout would be the best option at that intersection.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, published a new book, called Eyewitness: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change, that features short stories, poems, and artwork authored by prominent figures and ordinary people across the state.  KUMD speaks with Erin Sharkey, poet, essayist, and graphic designer who was a member of Climate Generation's Selection Committee for the anthology.

LISC Duluth and the US Bank Foundation recently joined to provide Main Street Lincoln Park businesses grants to implement their COVID-19 safe reopening and recovery plans.  Grants of $5,000 along with technical assistance provided by Main Street Lincoln Park and the Entrepreneur Fund were awarded to eight businesses from retail to the trades to a neighborhood farm.  Those businesses include Liila Boutique, Sew Duluth, New-2-You, Duluth Pottery, Sheet Metal Solutions, Flora North, Saltless Sea Urban Farm, and Hemlocks Leatherworks.

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