Blues in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs

Mondays, 1pm - 3pm

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.

He honed his broadcasting skills as a student of the broadcasting program at Tech and was a member of its last graduating class(1984). Jacobs went on to study broacasting at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he produced a Friday afternoon Blues program at the student run-station KBLZ.  In addition to working at KIOS-FM, Jacobs has also worked at several Omaha area commercial radio stations as on-air talent. 

Jacobs says his favorite Blues song is Robert Johnson's Hell Hound on My Tail.

Note: NPR's audio for First Listens comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.


Record-making is typically not a spectator sport.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.JIMMY BURNS / IT AIN'T RIGHT / DELMARK

2.FIONA BOYES / BOX & DICE / REFERENCE

3.TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS / METHOD TO MY MADNESS / ALLIGATOR

4.DANIELLE NICOLE / WOLF DEN / CONCORD MUSIC

5.SHEMEKIA COPELAND / OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE / ALLIGATOR

6.ZORA YOUNG & LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES / FRIDAY NIGHT / ELROB

7.LAURA RAIN & THE CEASARS / GOLD / LRC

8.JOE LOUIS WALKER / EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE / PROVOGUE

9.ROBERT CRAY BAND / 4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS / PROVOGUE

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.BUDDY GUY / BORN TO PLAY GUITAR / RCA

2.BARRY LEVENSON / THE VISIT / RIP CAT

3.RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS / FATHER'S DAY / STONY PLAIN

4.JOHN PRIMER / MUDDY WATERS 100 / RAISIN' MUSIC

5.SAMANTHA FISH / WILD HEART / RUF

6.JOHN GINTY / NO FILTER / AMERICAN SHOWPLACE

7.ANDY T - NICK NIXON BAND / NUMBERS MAN / BLIND PIG

8.ZAC HARMON / RIGHT MAN RIGHT NOW / BLIND PIG

9.THE ROBERT CRAY BAND / 4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS / PROVOGUE

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS / FATHER'S DAY / STONY PLAIN

2.SAMANTHA FISH / WILD HEART / RUF

3.THE BETTY FOX BAND / SLOW BURN / SELF

4.JOHN PRIMER / MUDDY WATERS 100 / RAISIN' MUSIC

5.JOHN GINTY / NO FILTER / AMERICAN SHOWPLACE

6.ALBERT CUMMINGS / SOMEONE LIKE YOU / BLIND PIG

7.SONNY LANDRETH / BOUND BY THE BLUES / PROVOGUE

8.DAVID MICHAEL MILLER / SAME SOIL / SELF

9.BEY PAULE BAND / NOT GOIN' AWAY / BLUE DOT

10.THE LUCKY LOSERS / A WINNING HAND / WEST TONE

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