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Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mike also helps with assembling music for “Jazz From Studio One” hosted by the advanced radio students at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mike is an Omaha native and graduated from Technical High School in 1984.
For over thirty years, Jazz in the Afternoon has brought you mainstream jazz here on KIOS FM. Every Tuesday-Friday from 1:00-3:00PM Chris Cooke, Mike Jacobs and Gordon Spencer present the wide spectrum of jazz recordings dating back to the "golden age" of jazz in the 1920's through it's evolution in swing, bop, Latin and other styles right up to today's new releases. We also have a strong commitment to keeping you up to date on the local scene bringing you artists from the Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln areas and partnering with local non-profit organizations to publicize major jazz concerts in our area with music and interviews. Straight-ahead and in the pocket.
Mike Jacobs has hosted Blues in the Afternoon on KIOS-FM since its inception on October 4, 1994. Since that time, he has produced more than 500 shows and featured more than 8,000 songs.
The theme music at the beginning of the program, "Juke" by Little Walter, has become a familiar introduction to the weekly show.
Mike Jacobs became interested in Blues when he was a student at Technical High School, which is where the KIOS studios are now located.
His interest in the music of Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones led him to the Blues artists who inspired them and a deeper appreciation and understanding of the genre.