KUMD: Something for Everyone
KUMD 103.3 FM has reached a milestone. For the first time in its 53-year history, it is now broadcasting 24/7/365. In addition to expanding their hours, KUMD has also added a number of new shows. KUMD’s regular playlist features an eclectic mix of music including rock, folk, blues, and other genres.
KUMD is a strong supporter of the local music scene. On their new show, The Local, they feature local musicians and often highlight interviews and live in-studio sessions. The Best of the Basement is a one-hour drive time show in which they highlight that week’s top ten albums and five best new albums. KUMD show The Basement is the renamed late night college radio show, programmed by the students of UMD.
The Fun House, hosted by Tim and Shana and sponsored by Zinema, is a mix of novelty, jazz, world music, and alternative country and "will turn your house into a fun house". The Dead Letter Office features “College Music from the Dawn of Time.” It is hosted by two UMD alumns, John and Dave. Indeed, KUMD relies heavily on community volunteers and UMD students to complete the on-air and promotional work force. The station has over 60 staff and volunteers with only seven full-time paid staff.
Another interesting new show is Catching Up with Aquatic Science in which Minnesota Sea Grant host Judy Zomerfelt delivers university research concerning aquatic systems and coastal communities to her listeners. This show airs each Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. Listeners can also sign up for podcasts of this show, and they can listen to past shows online. KUMD recently received the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award for Media from the St. Louis River Alliance for their contributions to environmental stewardship in the St. Louis River area.
KUMD, which is part of AMPERS (Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations), has also added the shows of other AMPERS stations to their line-up. Bluegrass Review and Crap from the Past, which features pop music from the ’80s, are both produced by independent public radio stations in Minneapolis.
KUMD recently added the national show Undercurrents described as “American Music with a Passport”. Undercurrents runs Monday – Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 a.m. Whether you can’t sleep or are an early riser, there is something for every taste including rock, blues, folk, native, Americana, funk, electronica, reggae, world, dub, roots, and alternative country.
KUMD broadcasts in stereo all across the Northland, reaching listeners up to 100-mile radius from Duluth. KUMD’s programming is also available live online and attracts listeners from 41 different countries. You can view the days and times of all KUMD programs on the Program Guide page of their website http://www.kumd.org.
Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, email@example.com.