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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316 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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112 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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488 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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Laura Packer uses storytelling to cultivate awareness and build community. She conducts writing and performance workshops dedicated to sharing #me...

  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 17:24
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Grant Frashier talks to Gail Blackmer, 4th generation owner of Deer Lake Charlies, a tavern in the wilderness of northern Minnesota.

  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 10:26
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Interview with Richard Powers on his new book "The Overstory."

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 11:20
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On this segment of Wordish Sasquatch tells us about his latest venture selling real estate.

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
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The Ikidowin Indigenous People's Task Force(IPTF) Youth Theater Ensemble brings their production,"We will do it for the Water!"to the Reif Center G...

  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 10:23
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Grant Frashier talks with Ashley Runge of Get Fit Itasca about the bike share program in Grand Rapids.

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 05:35
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Producer Tammy Bobrowsky interviews journalist Marc Perrusquia, author of A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the...

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  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 11:00
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Syttende Mai means the 17th of May. Norwegians worldwide celebrate this special day and we learned all about it on the morning show.

  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 11:46
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Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:38:01
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Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:46:32