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

Ways to Connect

A cartoon drawing of a chicken
Artwork by Chris Monroe

On March 15 Melissa LaTour, the Director of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival shared an update from the festival's web page letting people know all festival events would be canceled this year. "Please know we love you and want you and your loved ones to be healthy," she wrote. And with that, the festival's uninterrupted 21-year streak came to an end.

Four men standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local supergroup features Marc Gartman, Trampled by Turtles members Dave Carroll and Tim Saxhaug, and drummer Kyle Keegan. They've released their first full-length album, Among the Wild, produced by Low's Steve Garrington, and were scheduled to have a Duluth release show on  March 13, 2020 at Pizza Luce in Duluth, but just before our in-studio session they got the word that the show had been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Fortunately they stuck around to play some songs for us and talk about making the album.

Katy Vernon
KUMD

A native of England, this singer/songwriter has lived in the Twin Cities for several years now, performing in bands including The Camdens before releasing her first solo album in 2012. Vernon's most recent album, Suit of Hearts, was released in 2019 and features the musician on ukelele, which has become her primary instrument in recent years. We found out more when she joined us in the studio on February 25th.

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 found out more when the Americana singer/songwriter joined us in the studio on February 26th He performed the same night at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth.

Eli Gardiner
Bent Paddle Brewing

The hunt is OVER! The Golden 45 has been found!

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.

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