Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE

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Northern Community Radio is an independent, nonprofit organization that operates a unique community-based public radio station, KAXE and KBXE. NCR serves most of north central, northeastern and northwestern Minnesota with a 100,000-watt signal originating in Grand Rapids at 91.7 FM and a 50,000-watt signal in Bemidji at 90.5 FM. Northern Community Radio also operates translators in Brainerd at 89.9 FM and in Bemidji at 105.3 FM

Northern Community Radio is a different kind of radio. When you tune in NCR you hear northern Minnesota...its people, environment, communities, attitude. These are the "stars" of NCR programs. NCR is a place where people gather to dance to good music or to find out about the flowers in the ditches and the birds at their feeders. It's a place to learn about the world, laugh, meet good neighbors, and share ideas.


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10 Pieces

Local independent producer David McDonald recently returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2012 to 2014. During his service, he interviewed over 40 fellow Peace Corps Volunteers as well as recorded a fascinating variety of audio from all over Morocco.

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252 Pieces

Radio essays recorded in the writer's own voice. As of July 1, 2015, Acoustic Stories will continue as Arts Review.

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1 Piece

Each week host Bobbie Kleffman talks with people who have a passion for horses.

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365 Pieces

Area Voices explores the arts, culture, and history of Northern Minnesota. Through in-depth interviews, hosts of Northern Community Radio's Morning Show connect listeners to the area's unique cultural heritage and the experience of life in northern Minnesota. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the people of Minnesota.

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41 Pieces

Reviews from a wide variety of arts venues and events around Minnesota.

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5 Pieces

The annual Bemijigamaag Powwow brings together natives and non-natives to celebrate the tradition of the powwow and community. Presented by Ampers and supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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148 Pieces

Between You and Me is our weekly get together, a mix of music and conversation. Including commentaries from regular contributors like Aaron Brown, Guido and The Last Word

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121 Pieces

The Call of the Wild is a call to your heart. The call to the wild part of yourself that you want to express in the work that you do. Sometimes you can even make a living doing what you love. And sometimes you can’t, but you still do it. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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515 Pieces

Centerstage Minnesota showcases the talents of Minnesota musicians. A local production of Northern Community Radio: KAXE - Grand Rapids and KBXE - Bemidji. Also heard on KSRQ in Thief River Falls and on WTIP in Grand Marais.

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Centerstage Minnesota Features are value-added segments focusing on various aspects of Minnesota's music landscape, past and present. Centerstage Minnesota Features are produced by Nothern Community Radio, and are made possible by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Latest Pieces

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Lost in the funhouse on Stay Human - Anne Marie Erickson reflects on the mythic role of mirrors, and Michael Goldberg takes himself by surprise in ...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:28
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This First Friday weekend in Bemidji promises all kinds of art, all over town. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, snowflake decorations, wood-turned bow...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 07:58
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We spoke with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School about the upcoming classes and events at the Folk School this month! We learned what a capote is...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 08:26
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A conversation about arts events happening in Grand Rapids, MN this First Friday!

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 08:45
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Paddle Minnesota producer Jim Gallagher talks with Pete Moberg about netting tullibees under the ice and Pete’s 45 years of experience gathering th...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 10:02
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Adam Swanson's colorful works will be on display at the Frame Up gallery in Grand Rapids, MN this month. He talks about his journey as a painter i...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 12:26
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Let's Go Shopping! On this segment of Stay Human, Cory Kolodji on shopping's pre-history, Doris Kolodji talks about guilt-free shopping, Julia J Cr...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:30
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After a trip to Prague, Steve Downing shares his thoughts and comparisons on the Old World versus the New World.

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 04:36
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Poet Katie Carter shares her poem "Universal Life" on this segment of Wordish.

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 02:33
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For 50 years, Bemidji State University students have transported guests of the dinner theater, madrigal experience to the holiday happenings of the...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 11:20