Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster, Interim Station Manager

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

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Eli Gardiner
Eli Gardiner

This native of Michigan's U.P. is now based in Minneapolis, where he recently recorded a fourth album, The Fire and the Medicine, due out this spring. We'll find out more when the Americana singer/songwriter joins us in the studio on Wednesday, February 26 at 2pm. He performs the same night at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth.

Eli Gardiner
Bent Paddle Brewing

Tender Ness
KUMD

Duluth musician Peter Witrak performed his own blend of Brazilian-inflected jazz/lounge under the name Tender Ness. He released an album in 2016 and, rumor has it, is working on a new EP. We found out more when he and his band joined us in the studio on February 12th. They performed a Valentine's Day show on February 14th with Superior Siren at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.

Tender Ness
Sacred Heart Music Center

Who will find the golden record? The Hunt for the Frozen 45 begins Sunday, February 16!

The UMD campus holds a secret hit record that gets lost once a year somewhere, find the disc, and bring it back to the KUMD station, located in the basement at 130 Humanities.

If you are the lucky winner you not only feel the great warmth that comes from being a winner but also $200 of gifts from UMD Stores!

Mark Joseph
KUMD

This Twin Cities singer, songwriter, and guitarist was last in our studios as part of The Big Wu. This time around he has a new solo blues album to share, The Musician & the Muse when he joined us on January 31st. He had a release show the same night at The Caddy Shack in Duluth's Lincoln Park.

Mark Joseph
The Caddy Shack

Key Kids
KUMD

This garage-pop duo from Northfield, Minnesota, recently released its debut album, Townie. We got to know them and they performed songs from the album when they joined us on January 31st. They had a show the the same night at Blush in Duluth.

The Key Kids on Facebook
Blush on Facebook

KUMD's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon coverage starts on Wednesday, January 22 on Northland Morning. We're getting you ready for the race with a chance to win a dog sled run for two from Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing near Bayfield. Be listening the week of January 20 for your chance to enter and win!

Man playing a guitar and singing into a microphone in front of a wall of CDs on shelves
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minneapolis-based songwriter and performer got his start in music as a teenager in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He's performed in Twin Cities bands including the Lowland Lakers, and released his debut solo album, Paper Over It, in January, 2020. He joined us in the studio on January 17, 2020, to talk about the album and share some tunes.

Taylor James Donskey

Man in a Santa hat holding a stuffed reindeer and a Christmas 45rpm record
Jennifer Moore

Tune in for a festive musical holiday lineup on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

12/24

9pm-midnight A Mayou, Mayou Christmas-father and son hosts Dave and Mike Mayou bring us three hours of music for the holiday.

Woman playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean

This long-time local folk singer, community choir director, and activist is releasing her sixth solo album, Song Like a Seed, on Sunday, December 22nd at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. We found out more and heard songs from the album when Thomsen joined us in the studio on December 19, 2019; listen to the session below.

Sara Thomsen
Sacred Heart Music Center

 

Tuck & Patti
KUMD

Fazio is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist whose latest album, Let's Go, was produced by renowned jazz duo Tuck & Patti. They joined us in the studio on December 5 for a preview of their show the same night at the West Theater in West Duluth.

Sam Fazio
Tuck & Patti

West Theater

Frankie Lee
KUMD

Listen to our session with this Minnesota musician recently released a new album named after his hometown, Stillwater. We found out more and heard songs from the release when he and local musician Sarah Krueger joined us in the studio on November 22, 2019.

Frankie Lee
Sacred Heart Music Center

Charlie Parr
KUMD

We are delighted to welcome back this local favorite to our studios on November 20th. He's doing a residency Wednesdays in November at the Cedar Lounge in Superior. We chatted with Parr about his latest, self-titled, album and heard some tunes.

Charlie Parr
Cedar Lounge

Pert Near Sandstone
KUMD

This Minnesota quintet has been making high-energy, foot-stomping string band music (complete with percussion from a clogger) for over a decade. They founded the Blue Ox Festival, have appeared at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and since their last visit to our studio did their first tour of Europe. We caught up with them when they joined us in the studio on November 15; they performed later the same night at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth with dobro legend Jerry Douglas and Useful Jenkins.

Jim Hall at KUMD's Live From Studio A
KUMD

In his 50 years playing music in the Twin Ports, this singer/songwriter/guitarist has performed in a long list of projects that includes Azure du Jour, Blue Healer, Spotted Mule, and Jim's Country Laundry. He's released numerous albums, both solo and with groups, and has written many much-beloved tunes, including "Beast in the Yard." Truly a Duluth treasure, Hall played a 50th anniversary show on November 16 at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth; he joined us in the studio for a preview on November 14.

Sacred Heart Music Center

Nicholas David
bywurm from Nicholas David FB

Ten years ago when we did an in-studio session with Nicholas Morzinski (aka The Feelin'), we had no way of knowing that in a few short years he'd become a finalist on The Voice and become a household name as "Nicholas David." KUMD's Christine Dean had a chance to catch up with Nicholas when he was back in Duluth for a show on 11/7/19; they talked about the opportunities he's had since that 2012 The Voice appearance and about his new album.

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