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

Fishing on a lake
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Today on the Sea Grant Files, Ashley McFarland joins us to discuss cooperating with water-related and connected businesses and industries to facilitate their working relationships with water researchers.

And also - Happy fishing opener this weekend! Don't forget, National Safe Boating Week is coming up: May 18-24, 2019

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Yes, winter does seem to be lasting too long.  Nonetheless, hardy gardeners can find plenty to do, such as continuing to clean up the yards and gardens after winter, pruning bushes, and planting early vegetables like peas and spinach.  Spring will eventually arrive in full bloom, and your garden and yard will thank you for it.

Recently, posters appeared around the Twin Ports promoting a white nationalist hate group.  Last week, a community meeting was held by leaders from the Indigenous, African-heritage, and European-heritage communities with the purpose of creating dialogue about how our communities are impacted by this and to determine next steps that can be taken together.  Another meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Men As Peacemakers Center (123 West Superior Street) in downtown Duluth.  

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Synesthesia is a condition where one sensory or cognitive pathway is cross-connected with another (for example, hearing sounds causing a person to see colors).  So with that idea in mind, Where's Art host Annie Dugan celebrates The Homegrown Music Festival by highlighting music-related visual art that can be seen in the Twin Ports.  Tonight (Monday) at 6 pm at the Duluth Coffee Company is the Wolfskull Creative Musician Portraits Opening Reception, featuring portraits of area musicians and also

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Now that the snow is "officially" gone (according to the Weather Service), spring is heading into high gear.  Naturalist and author Larry Weber observes that early flowers are waking, catkins are appearing in trees, and many interesting birds and frogs are active in our midst.

Earlier this month, the Duluth Police Department hosted two public listening sessions in collaboration with an outside organizational assessment company. 

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There are many stories about people getting lost in the forest.  But what happens to a forest when it gets lost?  This children's book tells the true story of surveyors mapping northern Minnesota in 1882 who misidentified 144 acres of old-growth forest as a lake.  That error wasn't noticed for over 75 years, and to this day those centuries-old trees stand tall as part of the Chippewa National Forest.

City Nature Challenge
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Get engaged in scientific discovery!

Today on the Sea Grant Files, Marte Kitson, Environmental Literacy Extension Educator for Minnesota Sea Grant, tells us how we can get involved.  

"The goal of the City Nature Challenge is to add as many photos of wild, living things to the Twin Ports City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist as possible."  Twin Ports City Nature ChallengeMN Sea Grant

Susana Pelayo-Woodward, the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UMD, spoke with KUMD this morning about the #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Health & Justice Conference held at UMD this past weekend. 

River Dam
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Spring is in the air...and in the water!! 

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg and guest Emma Burgeson discuss temperature changes, species migration, and the Knife River watershed. 

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Chris Harwood

"There is nothing so stable as change"

It's natural for lake levels to fluctuate...but when intense storms whip through, the power of water shows. 

Jesse Schomberg talks about the fluctuating water levels today on, The Sea Grant Files

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Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van named Bert.   Their escapades are the stuff of legend, but even when things seemed dire, as Sullivan relates, "we were 22 years old and were having a lot of fun, really."

Sullivan's memoir Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

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We speak with Tressie Kamp a staff attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, who is working with petitioners on the City of Racine Diversion Challenge

Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth Department of Theatre and Dance

#MeToo.  Musical Theatre.  Medieval Drama.  What do these things have in common?

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The average February snowfall total in the Northland is 6 inches.  Now just halfway through February 2019 we have already seen over 28 inches of snow accumulation.