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

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397 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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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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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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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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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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In this installment of Paddle Minnesota, Karen-lisa Forbes connects the threads between a wooly Arctic mammal…the meditation of spinning yarn… and ...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:54
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We spoke with Simone Senogles and Natasha Kingbird on the morning show about the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls on Val...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 15:14
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Poet Robert Jevne shares his poem "In Praise of Shag" on this segment of Wordish.

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 01:59
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Interviews with Joseph Finder, his new thriller is called Judgment, author Sophie Hannah, "How to Hold a Grudge: from resentment to contentment—the...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 59:53
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Kelli Lien was awarded a Region 2 Arts Council Fellowship in the fall of 2017. The funding, supported by the McKnight Foundation, allowed Kelli th...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 14:19
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The Great Northern Radio Show broadcast live on February 9, 2019 from the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd Minnesota.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 02:00:31
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Poet Rob Dougherty shares his poem "Royal Supper" on this segment of Wordish.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 02:12
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We're living in an Age of Prophecy. Not that something predicted before is now coming true. Or that the predictions people now make will happen (th...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:28
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Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist and author. Heidi Holtan and John Bauer talk with Frank about his latest book, The I-94 Murders, and how he...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 13:00
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Steve Kohls has worked as a photojournalist for the Brainerd Dispatch for 43 years. This month, his photography will make its way from the pages ...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 12:33