My Archive: Radio

Lazerbeak in the back office

A Day in the Life of Doomtree’s CEO

The music business is about more than making beats. Somebody has to count the merch money and organize things. At Doomtree Records, that person is Aaron Mader, also known as Lazerbeak. I spent a day with ‘Beak to understand his world.

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Dameun Strange

The Strange Music of “Mother King”

Composer Dameun Strange has loved opera ever since he was a little kid. For over 25 years, he struggled to compose an opera of his own. Now Strange has teamed up with other black artists to create a new opera about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother — Alberta. But writing the music wasn’t easy.

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2017 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards

2017 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards

Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and yes, radio journalism. I received a first place award for “How Black Lives Matter Got an Anthem,” which I reported and produced for KFAI’s Minneculture series.

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From Cuba to Minnesota: The Birth of Charanga Tropical

Fifteen years ago, American musician Doug Little traveled Cuba to study Latin jazz. In Havana, he met a flute teacher who introduced him to a traditional Cuban musical style called “charanga.” He hasn’t looked back.

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Carlos Stroia

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