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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Jim Hall at KUMD's Live From Studio A
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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
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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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Robb Justice
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This Minnesota native recently moved back to the state after years spent in Alaska. The singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose influences rock, blues, and country, recently released a second album. He joined us in the studio on October 25 for a preview of his show the same evening at Wussow's Concert Cafe in West Duluth.

Robb Justice
Wussow's Concert Cafe

The Lately's
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This soulful local trio releases their new album, Waiting for You, on Friday, October 18 at The Rex Bar in Duluth. We got a preview when they joined us for an interview on October 16 during The Local.

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Dan Israel
KUMD

This Twin Cities singer/songwriter recently released his 15th album, Social Media Anxiety Disorder. We found out more when he joined us in the studio on October 10; he has a show the same night at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth's Lincoln Park.

Whale House
KUMD

This psychedelic rock band from Madison, Wisconsin, has been together since 2007 but just released their first full-length album this year. They joined us for a stripped-down session on September 27; it was a preview of their set the same night as part of Wussow's Concert Cafe's One Week Live.

Whale House
Wussow's Concert Cafe

Life Parade
KUMD

Life Parade is the brainchild of Cameron Mathews, who recorded the project's pop-rock debut album, Suburban Life, by himself. When the album started getting some local airplay and positive reviews here. Mathews put together a band for live performances. We found out more about Duluth's latest came-out-of-nowhere musical sensation when Mathews and company joined us in the studio on September 25.

Paul Cerar
KUMD

"DIY bedroom rock" is how this young Duluth-based musician describes his music. We got a taste when he joined us in the studio on September 20. He had an album release show for his latest, The Royal We, the following night at Blush in downtown Duluth.

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Blush on Facebook

Reina del Cid
KUMD

This Twin Cities indie folk/rock artist built a following by recording weekly YouTube videos. Del Cid has expanded her sound with the addition of a backing band; they have a new album due out on October 4 and recently released the first single, a song about a ghost named Bernadette. We found out more and heard some tunes when del Cid and her band joined us live in the studio on September 20. It was a preview of their show the same night at Prove Gallery in Duluth.

Mary Bue
KUMD

Since our last visit with this Minnesota native, she made the difficult decision to close her Twin Cities yoga studio in order to follow the pull of making music her full-time job. Bue assembled a new band to record her forthcoming album, The World is Your Lover. Her website describes the collection, due to be released early next year, as "power pop, piano dream waves, and layers and layers of shimmery 90’s influenced guitars." A lifelong seeker, Bue recently traveled to India, which led to her adding a new instrument, the harmonium, to her repertoire.

Toney Rocks
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This singer/songwriter, most recently based in Las Vegas, is touring behind his latest album, Drifting. We found out more about the album and heard some tunes when he joined us in the studio on September 6. He performed the same night at Wussow's Concert Cafe in West Duluth.

Toney Rocks
Wussow's Concert Cafe

Christine Dean

This Minneapolis soulful indie pop group was founded early last year by singer/songwriter Rachelle LaNae and producer Andrew Frederick, both multi-instrumentalists. They've released one infectious EP, The Mini Album. We found out more about this new-ish band when they joined us in the studio on Tuesday, July 23 at 2pm.

Tacky Annie

Christine Dean

This local musician has evolved from a solo folk/punk performer to a plugged-in garage rocker with a backing rhythm section. A constant through this transformation is his sly sense of humor and quirky lyrics. McLean released his latest CD on Friday, June 28 at newish venue the Barbershop in Superior; we geot a preview when he joined us in the studio on Wednesday, June 26 at 2pm.

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