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


We're always happy to welcome this Twin Cities-based singer songwriter back to Duluth, where she spent some of her formative musical years. HALEY has grown into an artist who's not afraid to take creative risks, whether it be fronting flamboyant pop-rock band Gramma's Boyfriend or releasing an album of all instrumentals; Pleasureland came out to critical acclaim last October. We found out more about the album and heard some tunes when she joined us in the studio on February 15.

Rich Mattson and the NorthStars

These Northern Minnesota rockers are releasing their fourth album, Totem. Mattson dropped by our studios for a solo session on February 15 and shared some tunes and talked about the record. The band had a release show the following night at Blacklist.

Salty Dogs

Although he's only been in Duluth for a few years, this young singer/songwriter with a distinctive style is firmly established in the local scene. He released his debut full-length album last year, and has a new EP on the way. He and his band The Salty Dogs have a release show scheduled on February 6 at Blush in Duluth; we got a preview when they stopped by our studios for a session that afternoon.

Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld

Scanlan is a Montana-based Americana singer/songwriter who was formerly in The Reeltime Travelers, a group that appeared on the Cold Mountain soundtrack. She's been collaborating with Neufeld, a Portland, Oregon musician, for several years. He produced and plays on her latest album (her fourth), The River and the Light. We found out more about the making of the album and the duo shared some tunes when they joined us in the studio on January 25. They performed later the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Wes Urbaniak

This eclectic Montana singer/songwriter recently released two albums simultaneously, Hippo + Crate and The Adelphos. Not only did Urbaniak play all of the instruments on the albums, he made them all himself. We found out more when he joined us in the studio on January 22. He had a Duluth show at the Barrel Room on January 19 and headed down to Minneapolis for a show on January 23.

Wes Urbaniak
The Barrel Room

Man sititng on a stool playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Northern Minnesota country blues guitarist is known for his collaboration with Bob Bingham in Bingham and Thorne, but regularly performs solo as well. We caught up with Thorne and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on January 7, 2019 while he was in the midst of a regular Monday evening gig at the At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe wine bar in Duluth.

At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe

Forever Home 12/27

Dec 27, 2018

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Man playing guitar and woman looking into camera
John Heino for KUMD

Listen to our session with this local duo, which features siblings Eric and Rachel Cyr. They've been playing a blend of Americana, folk, rock, and jazz in the Duluth area since 2014 and recently released their first album, Callused. In 2018, Eric won Beaner's Central's annual songwriter's contest. They joined us in the studio to share tunes from the album on December 19, 2018.


The Langerstons
John Heino for KUMD

 This young group is made up of the children of Mahtowa band the Holy Hootenanners. They dropped by a year ago to share tunes from their first album, and have already made a second recording, Flower Crowns and Imagination, with Rich Mattson of Sparta Sound. They had a release show for the album on December 15 at Beaner's Central in Duluth and gave us a preview when they dropped by our studios on December 13.

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Emily Haavik
John Henio for KUMD

This Duluth native, now based in Minneapolis, made her first full-length album, Ease Back with her band in a cabin north of Duluth on the banks of the Lester River. The folk/pop singer/songwriter joined us in the studio on December 7 for a preview of their release show later the same night at Blacklist Beer in Duluth.

Emily Haavik and the 35s
Blacklist Beer

Mike Munson
John Heino for KUMD

This Winona, Minnesota-based singer/songwriter is known for his slide guitar blues, influenced by rural Mississippi players like Fred McDowell. Munson recorded his latest album, Rose Hill, in Bentonia, Mississippi at the Blue Front Cafe, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi. It's owned by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, who guests on a couple of tracks. He joined us in the studio on December 6 for a preview of a string of shows he did in the area, including at Mont du Lac Ski Resort the same night, Castle Danger Brewery on December 7, and Sir Benedict's Tavern in Duluth on December 8.

Timbre Ghost
John Heino for KUMD

Duluth native Dustin Tessier spent time in his hometown music scene before moving to the Twin Cities in 2002. After playing in a band called Lazer Forever for several years, Tessier started his own project under the name Timbre Ghost, releasing an EP in 2016. He's just released his first full-length album, Life, Death, and Disintegration, featuring contributions from familiar names like Al Sparhawk of Low, Al Church, and Mary Bue.

Cuckoo Bees
John Heino for KUMD

Self-described "percussion nerds" Cory Coffman and Mikayla Haynes met in the percussion section at University of Wisconsin, Superior and formed The Cuckoo Bees in 2016. Coffman plays guitar in the project while Haynes plays xylophone and percussion, and they both sing. Although they've played a handful of shows, their main focus has been recording Weeping Willow, their debut album of quirky folk/pop, which they releases at a Beaner's Central show on November 30th. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio with bassist Matt Mobley on November 28.

Band playing in radio studio
John Heino for KUMD

In May this Duluth country band went to Nashville to record 5 songs for their new EP, Salt in the Snow. They released the EP on November 21st at Bent Paddle Brewery in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us in the studio the same day.

Breanne Marie on Bandcamp

Bent Paddle Brewery