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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490 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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9 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.

Caption: Tippy, Credit: Karen Oothoudt
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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569 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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Our brains only work because we can ignore so much sensation, and what's in the background doesn't even count as sound...

Bought by WTIP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2010
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Shana David-Massett, the new organizer for Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, talked with us about the festival (the first week of May) and highlight...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2010
  • Length: 16:09
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Shana David-Massett, the new organizer for Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, talked with us about the festival (the first week of May) and highlight...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Mar 12, 2010
  • Length: 57:17
  • Purchases: 1
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Bill Marshall, local historian, remembers Chief Busticogan and other people and events in North Itasca County/Minnesota history.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 17:20
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This hour presentation includes John Latimer's Phenology Report and Talkbacks, plus A Talk on the Wild Side with Tom Hewitt on the Chippewa Nationa...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 01:01:34
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John's weekly update on the change of nature in our lives.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 10:33
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Guido has been stranded multiple times and says you haven't REALLY been stranded until you're in a place where you can't speak the language.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 09:45
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When we think of being stranded, we often picture some remote island...but what about in everyday situations?

Bought by WTIP


  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 04:42
  • Purchases: 1
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We talk with Jake Dilley of Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy about their new psychedelic/indie EP "DeTour." This "Full Hour" is actually about 1...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 47:10
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We talk with Jake Dilley of Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy about their new psychedelic/indie EP "DeTour."

  • Added: Mar 10, 2010
  • Length: 35:48