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

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.  


On Tuesday, July 9th, The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) is holding open office hours from 2 to 5:30 p.m., where artists can not only ask for grant writing tips from Holly, their grants manager, there is also great local art on the walls to be seen!

Monica Argentina [via Flickr]

"Lowell would never say this, but deep in his heart he kept a lesson we all learn in childhood, but most of us forget. In order to find true love, you have to be true love. He was all of that to Joyce and he's ready to do it again."

Lorie Shaull [via Flickr]

Naturalist Larry Weber reports the astonishing statistic that we've had more snow in May 2019 than either January 2019 or March 2019. 

© 2018 New Rivers Press

Among the many events during this year's Duluth Dylan Fest, there was the poetry event on Wednesday night at Teatro Zuccone featuring poems from the anthology Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan, edited by Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis and published in 2018 by New Rivers Press in Moorhead, Minnesota.  

© 2019 University of Minnesota Press

Honey and maple syrup might be better for you than sugar. They might be better for the environment. But even better, and sweet as anything, is how these natural ingredients taste and the wonders they do for a dish.

Dave Freeman

Last week the US Bureau of Land Management renewed mineral exploration leases for Twin Metals, a crucial step in the Chilean-owned mining company’s bid to develop a large copper-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters. On Green Visions this week we are joined by Tom Landwehr, Executive Director of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and former Minnesota DNR commissioner who shares his concerns on how this project will impact America's most popular wilderness area.

Chances are, you missed artist/documentarian Drew Anderson's video event, "So Much More: From Me to You," at the end of March.  For one thing, it was held outside at the end of March.  

Shoreline of Lake Superior
James St. John

National Safe Boating Week is here! In order to have fun and enjoy the water, practice safety. 

Lifejackets, knowing water conditions, and being aware of dangerous water currents are a few ways to stay safe and enjoy your time on the water. Listen for more tips and strategies to avoid dangerous situations.

MN Sea Grant

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art