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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331 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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118 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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496 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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38 Pieces

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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Each First Friday we check in with Katie Marshall from the McRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN to find out what's going on in the art world for...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 12:18
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Shawn Kiefer and Parker Bruns will compete in the USA Special Olympics July 1st thru 6th in Seattle, Washington. Shawn stopped by the KBXE studio...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 11:40
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Barbara Schlichting writes mystery novels with First Ladies at the center of them. We spoke to her about it!

  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 12:12
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John Bauer talks to Kathleen Blake about losing two children to cancer.

  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 21:26
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Last July was the 50th anniversary of Bemidji's Art in the Park. Here's a look at our conversation last July

  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 11:44
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Milt Lee talks to fiber artist Stephanie Anderson about her art and the Pine to Prairie Folk School she co-founded.

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Grant Frashier talks with Jess Edberg, Executive Director of the Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 10:48
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Heidi Holtan and Michael Small talk to Ann Hood about her YA novel "She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah".

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 14:30
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Concrete art, houses of straw, outbuildings and their many joys - stories this week celebrating how people who live in the woods shape their place.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:21
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This Father’s Day special is "sponsored" by Michael Goldberg’s poker game, with stories of reunions with family, classmates and neighbors.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:34