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Where in Duluth? #187

I went for a hike in a spot I’d never been before and encountered this.

Where in Duluth?


Red Cowboy Hat (featuring Jim Hall) – “Duluth Blues”

Jim Hall recently brought his Red Cowboy Hat trio to the KUMD studios for a Live from Studio A session. They performed this tune, perfect for a sub-zero windchill day in Duluth. Audio of the full session with Jim and company is available at

Where in Duluth? Bathroom Edition

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How many of these five Duluth establishments can you identify just from their restroom signs? Hint:  all but one are from restaurants or bars. Click the thumbnails for a closer view.

Homegrown 2014 on KUMD

As always KUMD, Duluth Public Radio, will feature performers from Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival Live from Studio A all week long. We’ll also feature a two-hour edition of the Local, Wednesday from 5-7pm, featuring Mary Bue, the Crunchy Bunch, and maybe more.

Homegrown Live from Studio A Schedule:

Monday: 2pm     Steve Johnson [Listen]
Tuesday: 2pm Tin Can Gin [Listen]
Wednesday:  noon Thunder Brothers [Listen], 2pm Wood Blind [Listen]
Thursday: noon Brother George [Listen], 2pm Timothy Martin and the New Norm [Listen]
Friday:  noon Silk Sheiks1pm Getarounds2pm Amy Abts of Extinct Gingers

The Best of Live from Studio A

On New Year’s Day KUMD 103.3 will be airing the Best of Live from Studio A from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It features portions of the more than 70 in-studio sessions we did in 2013 with artists including Southwire, Cars & Trucks, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Father Hennepin, Jeremy Messersmith, Freedy Johnston, and many more.

For Your Halloween Listening Pleasure

Listen to Wolf Blood

Wolf Blood rocked the CDs off the shelf on KUMD’s “The Local” last night. Listen to their performance/interview with DJ E on the Local podcast.

Homegrown 2013 on KUMD

Once again it’s a Homegrown Music Festival extravaganza on KUMD  all week long. We’ll have Live from Studio A sessions with Homegrown bands every week day, plus a two-hour edition of the Local Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring performances from Toby Thomas Churchill, Tim Kaiser, and more.

KUMD’s the Basement on mtvU

KUMD’s student-run programming, the Basement, will be featured on mtvU’s College Radio Countdown beginning tomorrow. We’ll celebrate our national television debut with a premiere party on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30-9:00 pm in the UMD Lake Superior Hall Lobby.

KUMD students produced a fun one-minute video to introduce the mtvU audience to KUMD and Duluth; it starts with a broadcast from a local ice fishing house. The video will introduce our ten video picks of songs that represent the sound of the Basement, including two Minnesota artists, Trampled by Turtles and Polica.

In addition, KUMD’s Music Directors picked five local videos to be featured on mtvU’s tumblr; our first pick, Brian Barber’s brilliant video for the Black-eyed Snakes’ “Rise Up,” has already been posted and more will follow each day this week.

In the Duluth area mtvU is available on digital cable channel 327 and the show will also be available online at

Homegrown 2012 on KUMD

It’s a busy Homegrown week on KUMD, 103.3. We’ll have Homegrown bands Live from Studio A every day, a four-band blitz on the Local Wednesday at 5, and a Local Music Download of the Day on our website. Find all the details at

Zoo Animal on the Local on KUMD

Zoo Animal was on the Local this past Wednesday, performing some tunes and talking with DJ E about preparing for their performance providing the score for The Passion of Joan of Arc at Zinema 2 (second show is tonight at 7). Listen to the podcast here.

Local Perspective on 9/11

Tomorrow (9/9)  at 10am KUMD 103.3 FM will air a panel discussion called “Reflections of 9/11.”  Hosted by Northland Morning’s Lisa Johnson, the program includes Paula Pedersen from the UMD Psychology Department, Dan Martin from the UMD Sociology Department and Nik Hassan from the Twin Ports Muslim Center.

The show will re-air on Sunday morning at 7.

KUMD will also be airing songs inspired by 9/11 throughout the day tomorrow.

The Local Does Duluth on Demand

Moose Wallow Ramblers albumIn case you missed the June 29th edition of the Local on KUMD hosted by me and Paul Lundgren and based on this PDD post, it’s now archived on our website here. It features an interview with John Berquist of the Moose Wallow Ramblers (pictured at left), who wrote “I Like it in Duluth,” and a medley of versions of that song.

You can also listen to my recent show featuring interviews and music from the Winnipeg Folk Festival, including interviews with Charlie Parr and Eric Berry of Trampled by Turtles, who were both playing the festival for the first time, here.

Low on World Cafe, 2011

Duluth band Low is the guest on World Cafe, which airs on 103.3 FM KUMD weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. The interview is part of the first hour of the program.

Homegrown 2011 on KUMD

As always, KUMD 103.3 will provide plenty of coverage of this year’s Homegrown Music Festival.