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

Listen to our session with these two Twin Cities-based  guitarists from October 9, 2015. Bruhn is a former Duluthian and Fosburgh is the founder of independent label Grass-Tops Recordings.

King Cardinal playing on Live from Studio A

This Denver, Colorado Americana band joined us for a session on October 6, 2015. They performed the same night at Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth.

The nontraditional bluegrass band from the Twin Cities, Ginstrings, joined us October 1, 2015. They played the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


Local folk/punk performer, Rick McLean, joined us for a session on September 25, 2015. He performed at Beaner's Central in Duluth as part of their One Week Live Celebration.

This Duluth band, started by former members of Gallus, has been around for about two years and joined us in the studio on September 25, 2015 to talk about their debut album, Fortune Favors the Brave.

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Three fourths of this local alt-country band joined us in the studio on September 21, 2015. They went through many band name changes (Next of Kin, Sonja and the Reckoning) before settling on a moniker that pays tribute to their beloved dog. They recently released their first album as Feeding Leroy.

Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal from this local alt-country band join us in the studio on Monday, September 21 at 2pm. The two went through many band name changes (Next of Kin, Sonja and the Reckoning) before settling on a moniker that pays tribute to their beloved dog. They recently released their first album as Feeding Leroy, and will perform on Tuesday, September 22 at Beaner's Central in West Duluth for their annual One Week Live celebration.

This non-traditional bluegrass group from Illinois joined us in the studio on September 18, 2015.

Listen to our session with this Minneapolis-based Neo Soul/Americana band from September 18, 2015. The group, together since 2009, released its latest album, The First Four, earlier this year.

Christine Dean

Check out our session with this indie pop/rock group that got its start in Duluth from September 11, 2015. We talked about their latest project, Stories from the Road, a series of short documentaries highlighting inspiring stories of fans the band has met on tour. They also gave us some hints about their next album, due to be released song by song over the next few months along with an accompanying movie.

Cloud Cult

9/10 Forever Home

Sep 10, 2015


Jenga is a tan and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is 2 years old. She came to us as a stray from St. Louis County and is now looking for her new loving home! Jenga is a smart and loving girl who already knows the commands for "sit", "shake" and "down". She has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.


Ears of sweet corn
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Tom Kasper talks about garden tasks other than harvesting and preserving that we can be doing this time of year to prepare for next year's growing season.  He also shared tips for growing sweet corn successfully in our Northern climate.

Nate Lindstrom

Shane Bauer of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival joined us to kick off Community Week on Northland Morning and talk about this year's theme for the festival, re-defining bullying.

Duluth Art Institute Annie Dugan tells us about three new exhibits at the Institute and talks about a recent feature in the New York Times about how keeping a creative brain is important.