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.

Email address:mike.jacobs@ops.org

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since 1979, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz you can party to, all night from coast to coast,with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO FM in Newark, New Jersey and NPR Music.

Jazz Piano Christmas

Dec 19, 2013

KIOS will present "Jazz Piano Christmas" on Monday, December 23rd at 8:00pm.

This program, produced by NPR Music,  brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists Andy Bey,Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michelle Rosewoman and others will perform their favorite holiday songs.

The James Hunter Six / Minute By Minute / Fantasy
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite / Get Up! / Stax
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters / Just For Today / Stony Plain
James Cotton / Cotton Mouth Man / Alligator
Dayna Kurtz / Secret Canon Vol. 2 / M.C.
Candye Kane / Coming Out Swingin' / Vizztone
Roomful of Blues / 45 Live / Alligator
Valerie June / Pushin' Against A Stone / Concord
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops / Daddy Told Me / Blind Pig
Guy Davis / Juba Dance / M.C.
Jim Allchin / Q.E.D. / Self Release

Shelly Yoellin's Jazz Workshop Septet / Secret Steps / Blujazz
Pablo Masis / Intrinsic / Self Release
Minho Hazama / Journey To Journey / Sunnyside
Giacomo Gates / Miles Tones / Savant
Eliane Elias / I Thought About You / Concord
Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece / Top Shelf / Posi Tone
Etienne Charles / Creole Soul / Culture Shock
Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Expectativas / Mavo
Janis Siegal / Nightsongs / Palmetto
Diego Rivera / The Contender / D Clef

DECEMBER 5th: JAZZ OF 2013 PART 1                        
Some of the notable jazz recordings of 2013 are presented including music from Dick Reynolds, Phil Woods and Mary Stallings.

DECEMBER 19:  JAZZ OF 2013 PART 2                          
The second installment of our year-in-review series with music from Eliane Elias, Geoffrey Keezer and Freddy Cole.

KIOS airs Lou's Legacy: A Lou Reed Appreciation Sunday night at 7:00pm.

Rock icon Lou Reed died earlier this week at age 71. His work as a member of the Velvet Underground and his years as a solo artist inspired generations of fans and musicians alike. To honor Reed, KIOS will air the two-hour special  Lou's Legacy: A Lou Reed Appreciation Sunday night at 7:00 .

Miles Davis , Thelonious Monk and Donald Byrd are among the artists presented in this hour of jazz highlights from fifty years ago.

Music from John Coltrane, Hank Mobley and Horace Silver will be heard in this program featuring classic sessions at Blue Note Records.

On Sunday September 29th at 7:00PM KIOS will present The Band Radio Special. An in-depth look at one of rock music's most influential groups.

From their roots in rockabilly as the backing band for legend Ronnie Hawkins, to their years playing with Bob Dylan and their own rise to fame, The Band is one of the most celebrated and iconic groups of their time.

KIOS airs a two-hour highlights show of the 2013  Newport Jazz Festival at 8:00PM Thursday September 5th. The program is produced by WBGO and hosted by Josh Jackson. The show includes a performance by Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock celebrating Shorter's 80th birthday. Also in the lineup are the Rez Abbasi Trio, Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Joshua Redman and the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra.(Photo Credit: Adam Kissick for NPR.)


For the 11th consecutive year KIOS will air highlights of the Detroit Jazz Festival prior to Labor Day Weekend.  Highlights of  the 2012 gathering will air on the afternoons of Thursday August 29th and Friday August 30th at 2:00PM. The programs are hosted by Ed Love of WDET and Linda Yohn of WEMU.

The artist lineup includes Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Poncho Sanchez, Fred Hersch, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more!