Kari Hedlund

Music Director

Kari (CAR-ee) is originally from South Dakota … a state often referred to as the land of infinite variety. As Music Director at Northern Community Radio, Kari has taken that theme to heart with her ability to feed a community of listeners hungry for an infinite variety of music and ideas. Along with her trademark lipstick and husky voice … Kari also raises a family … and Baguettes when time permits

Ways to Connect

Record Store Day

Mar 24, 2017

Record Store Day is honored around the world (except on Antarctica),  celebrating and spreading the word about the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores. Three years ago, we wanted to get involved, but unfortunately don't have any record stores to partner with in our listening area. So we created our own pop up record store, open only on Record Store Day, selling used vinyl.

I was lucky enough to have some special guests in the studio during New Music this week - Bemidji boys Corey Medina & Brothers along with The Incepticons came by to play some of their brand spanking new songs for us. They were also our guests for the CenterStage Concert Series at The Reif Center on Thursday.

Check out the video they put together!

Spring Member Drive

Mar 11, 2017

If you listen to public radio (which if you're reading this, probably highly likely), you know the dreaded pledge drive...I remember in listening to public radio in other places, and I would change the station until the drive was over (don't judge too harshly, I was already a member!).

Giving Music to Kids

Feb 25, 2017

My 10 year old nephew, is starting to discover music. Just went to his first concert, is playing an instrument, and is always asking for iTunes gift cards to purchase music. There are some albums (see pictures above) that stick out as integral in my music growth, starting around that age. And I want to expose him to those! But it's not as simple as going out and buying him a CD (no CD player) or vinyl (no record player). And I don't suppose I can give him a gift card with the caveat that he must buy a specific album, right?

Live Music

Feb 17, 2017

Our latest CenterStage MN Concert was last night, (featuring a northern Minnesotan for the first time in the series!) with Sam Miltich & Charmin Michelle. I had the opportunity to sit next to a man, probably in his late 80s/early 90s. This dude was feeling the music, being transported in time; I couldn't help but share in his love.

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