Grand Rapids
Hibbing Bemidji
Bagley Brainerd

About Northern Community Radio

Our Mission StatementNorthern Community Radio builds community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media.

Northern Community Radio is an independent, nonprofit organization that operates two unique community-based public radio stations, KAXE and KBXE. NCR serves most of north central and northeastern Minnesota with a 100,000-watt signal originating in Grand Rapids at 91.7 FM and a 50,000-watt signal originating in Bagley at 90.5 FM. Northern Community Radio also operates translators in Brainerd at 89.9 FM and in Ely at 103.9 FM

Northern Community Radio is a different kind of radio. When you tune in to NCR you hear northern Minnesota...its people, environment, communities, attitude. These are the "stars" of NCR programs. NCR is a place where people gather to dance to good music or to find out about the flowers in the ditches and the birds at their feeders. It's a place to learn about the world, laugh, meet good neighbors, and share ideas.

Over 100 community volunteers add depth and sparkle to Northern Community Radio, along with a small staff. The voices you hear on the air belong to real people making radio that is live, immediate, and interactive. NCR's volunteers and staff love the medium of radio and care about the people who live here. Some listeners have told us about moving away, only to find they were compelled to move back under NCR's signal.

Volunteers at Northern Community Radio are trained to perform as professional broadcasters, but they do what they do as a community service and are not paid. Some volunteers travel from as far away as the Twin Cities, Brainerd and Effie. Some live close by. Some volunteer several times a week and some volunteer occasionally.

Northern Community Radio is a first-of-its-kind rural public radio station and a national model for regional rural public radio of its type. NCR's mission is to build community through programming and linkages with the people of northern Minnesota. The station intentionally shares the airwaves with organizations and people.

Northern Community Radio operates in an economically challenged but geographically large market. NCR is radio that operates outside the box ... radio that believes conventional wisdom can only achieve predictable results. It is creative, frugal, and responsive. In many ways it is closer to old time radio than its modern cousins. We are proud of NCR and think the radio produced in this small corner of the world is some of the best to be heard anywhere.

Northern Community Radio is a federally and state tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its board of directors can have as many as 10 members (the board currently chooses to operate with 9). Four are elected by the membership and the rest are appointed by the board itself. Northern Community Radio's board adopted a system of policy governance in 1993 that it still uses.

Northern Community Radio operates an amphitheater on the lawn outside its studios in the summertime. We use the amphitheater for music and cultural events, and the community uses it for their events. We also operate Northern Community Internet, a group of participatory, hyperlocal community websites.

The staff, board, volunteers, and members of Northern Community Radio hope you enjoy what you hear and find it useful and significant in your life. Please contact us with your reactions and comments.  You may read our Public File Report here.

Northern Community Radio has adopted the following Code of Integrity as a statement of shared principles, and to strengthen the trust and integrity that communities expect of their public service media. Code of Integrity.

Northern Community Radio 800-662-5799
KAXE260 NE 2nd Street • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744 • 218-326-1234 • FAX: 218-326-1235
KBXE 305 America Avenue NW • Bemidji, Minnesota 56601 • 218-333-9005
Grand Rapids - 91.7 FM • Bemidji - 90.5 FM • Brainerd - 89.9 FM • Ely - 103.9 FM