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 from August 28, 2015 with this St. Paul musician, who takes an offbeat and eclectic approach to playing the accordian. We talked about how it became his primary instrument and about his main band, Cafe Accordian Orchestra, and how it differs from his solo performances.

Check out our session from August 18, 2015 with this band of Duluth natives who are releasing a new album of indie pop/rock the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Listen to our session with Twin Cities singer/songwriter Johnny O'Brien when he returned to our studios on August 14, 2015. He performed the same night at Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior.

8/6 Forever Home

Aug 6, 2015

  Animal Allies Humane Educator Pat Castellano talks about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets not only to reduce animal overpopulation, but also to protect pets from wandering, health problems, and some behavioral issues.  

Members of this Twin Cities Americana band joined us in the studio on July 31 2015 to give us a stripped-down preview of their full band show the same night at Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth. The group recently released its second album, We Can do Anything.

Listen to our session from July 17, 2015 with this Mississippi native who's keeping the Bentonia style of blues alive. Holmes still runs the Blue Front Cafe, which was started by his parents and is one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi. His 2006 debut album, Back to Beltonia, won three Living Blues awards, and he's since released three more discs. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Listen to our session with this Boise, Idaho band on from June 9, 2015. Their music blends folk, bluegrass, punk, and  string-band blues. They played the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Listen to our session with this Minnesota roots artist from May 27, 2015. He performed the same night as the opening act for Charlie Parr's CD release show.

Woman playing guitar and singing into a microphone, man seated playing guitar

This Rochester, New York native spent time on the Boston and New York City music scenes before landing in Austin, Texas. Listen to our session with her from May 10, 2012.

Jess Klein

A special edition of The Local on KUMD with Paul Lundgren of local blog Perfect Duluth Day. Paul joined Christine Dean for an hour of songs that mention Duluth in their title or lyrics (based on this PDD post.)

Listen to our session with this Philadelphia musician from Wednesday, April 27. His latest album, Fixin' to Die, was produced by the Avett Brothers.

G. Love

Listen to our live session with Mark Olson from September 14, 2010.

Mark Olson