Mike Jacobs

Music Director

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.

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2:31 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream

KIOS presents The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream on Sunday July 15th at 5:00PM. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is emerging from a 7 year studio layoff with a new record and tour. It's an opportune time to hear about her new music (Slipstream, released on April 10) and revisit her remarkable career and personal story. This two-hour special includes interviews with Bonnie as well as friends and colleagues like Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bill Payne, Maia Sharp, Freebo plus NPR music critic Ann Powers.

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10:24 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Levon Helm Rambles Home: An Appreciation

Levon Helm Rambles Home: An Appreciation will air Sunday June 17th at 7:00PM. This one-hour special features music and commentary about the late musician Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Band, and a revered solo artist. Helm died on April 19th at the age of 71 from a recurrence of throat cancer. The program features Helms vocals and drumming with The Band, as well as some of his post-Band performances with special attention given to his Midnight Ramble concerts held in recent years at his home in Woodstock, NY.

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11:11 am
Thu May 3, 2012

CD of the month: Michael Benedict and Bopitude / Five and One / Planet Arts

The latest offering from Michael Benedict and Bopitude, Five and One, is a hard bop delight filled with classic tunes and some forgotten gems by some of the greats of the post war bop scene. Drummer Benedict is joined by special guest baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, Chis Pasin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Patneaude on tenor, pianist  Bruce Barth and bassist Mike Lawrence. The band offers fresh interpretations of such classics as Nat Adderley's Work Song and Miles Davis' Compulsion. There are a few non-bop tunes in the set as well.

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9:47 am
Mon March 26, 2012

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival

Once again this year KIOS will air highlights from the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival.
The one-hour 2012 edition will air Thursday March 29 at 8:00PM. The festival took place on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and featured a wide array of high school jazz bands ranging from small combos to big bands. On this years' broadcast you'll hear performances by Omaha Central, Omaha Burke, Westside, Papillion-LaVista, Millard North,Thomas Jefferson, Kearney, Lewis Central and Bloomington North High School, all the way from Bloomington, Indiana.

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4:40 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Paul Serrato interview 2/10/2012

Mike Jacobs interviews jazz pianist and composer Paul Serrato about his career and his new release, "Alternations: Solo and Collective Expressions".  

(apologies for the sound quality of the second half of  the interview  -MH)

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12:42 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Mike's Jazz in the Afternoon Top Ten list of 2011

Artist / CD Title / Record Label
Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant
Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records
Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz
Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads
Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone
Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO
Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote
Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho
Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media
One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live

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5:49 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Jazz CD of the Month: Jimmy Owens / The Monk Project/ IPO Recordings

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Jimmy Owens, an NEA Jazz Master, has gathered an outstanding septet to reinterpret the Thelonious Monk Songbook on The Monk Project, just released on IPO Recordings.This is Owens debut as a leader and he has the backing of fellow NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at the piano, Wycliffe Gordon- trombone, Marcus Strickland- tenor sax, Howard Johnson- tuba and baritone sax, Kenny Davis-bass and Winard Harper-drums.Highlights include a Latin take on Well You Needn't, a gutbucket blues arrangement of Blue Monk and Let's Cool One arranged as a waltz with Owens playin

Jazz in the Afternoon Wednesday and Friday

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.

Blues in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs

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.

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8:18 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Dan Cerveny interview

Jazz Appreciation Month

Mike Jacobs talks with the Omaha pianist and member of the Omaha Musician's Association about April events at the Durham Western Heritage Museum in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

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