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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308 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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109 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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482 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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Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music.

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:40:33
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Stay Human's special mail delivery edition with stories of mysterious ways that the message can get delivered and what to look for in your mailbox.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:42
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"Orchestrations" a passionate and rhythmic poem by Tony Plocido.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 02:51
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Milt Lee talks to Emily Derke from Dora Lake about basket making, living in a yurt and skinning rabbits.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:00
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Bemidji, MN was a host city for a national female playwrights contest recently. In this segment, co-organizer Season Ellison tells our morning show...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 10:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Steve Downing talks about his resolution to be more open to experiences, opportunities and surprises.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 04:29
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Close to Home visited the Ely Winter Festival to talk with some of the snow carvers on a frigid day.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 05:02
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Since 1992, Valentines Day has been the day people have been marching to show support for the missing and murdered indigenous women worldwide. In ...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 13:38
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In our January Dig Deep segment Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn converse on the idea of reform and what is working in our world. Part three is on the...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 21:20
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In our January Dig Deep segment Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn converse on the idea of reform and what is working in our world. Part two's discussio...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 18:41