Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota

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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 Ely at 103.9 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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561 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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58 Pieces

A radio segment about Ojibwe language and culture that features puppets. Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the people of Minnesota.

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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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612 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.


Latest Pieces

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A statewide conversation with Ruth Lynfield, M.D - State Epidemiologist and Medical Director, It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesot...

Bought by KVSC, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, and KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 30:57
  • Purchases: 3
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We continued our conversation for Strong Women on KAXE/KBXE with Simone Senogles and Dawn Goodwin. Last time they told us about getting arrested, ...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2021
  • Length: 16:25
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Show Me A Story, the current exhibit at The Harlow/Kleven Gallery within the Watermark Art Center, inspires curiosity by inviting the viewer to eng...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2021
  • Length: 14:05
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Word Up, this Sunday on Stay Human. Essays and stories about the word, the magic of every incantation. Steve Downing diagrams a sentence, Terry O’...

Bought by Angelica Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:27
  • Purchases: 1
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This week on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we learn to count to ten in Ojibwemowin. Nana Boozhoo and Natasha teach us a song to help us remember the numbers.

  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 04:16
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Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music including Reina del Cid, The Bad Co...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 01:44:50
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A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response an...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, and KVSC


  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 28:20
  • Purchases: 3
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Jen Sincero is a badass. She was always cool – she once played in a punk band called Crotch and worked at a record company – but she became a true...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 14:33
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Support Within Reach is an area nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of sexual violence. Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoss is a Regional Navigator ...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 23:09
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This week Nana Boozhoo teaches us to say the Ojibwe phrase for each month of the year. From the “Halfway Moon” of January to the “Little Spirit Mo...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 05:35