Sarah Bignall

Director of Operations

If you need to know the words to a particular song ask Sarah Bignall, the Director of Operations for Northern Community Radio.  She claims to know the words to all songs played on KAXE/KBXE.  Sarah is deeply involved with the day to day operation of the station assuring that things run efficiently and effectively.  She brings a particularly impressive expertise in marketing and graphic design to the job.  Sarah grew up in Grand Rapids and continues to live there with her husband and their two children…well…three if you include her favorite, the one with four legs.  Sarah is the go to person when you need a straight direct answer or opinion.  She continues to work to perfect  her “indoor voice”.

Ways to Connect

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Senator Amy Klobucher  joined us on Making Sausage this week to talk about the recent vote on net neutrality and a fire fighter cancer registry.

White Pelicans

May 15, 2018 / Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Jake Graham spoke with John Latimer about white pelicans on Red Lake.

What have you been observing on area lakes?  Send it along to

Grant Frashier

The complete line-up for KAXE/KBXE’s 2018 season of ‘Events Under the Tent’ is set.  The season is filled with a wide variety of events including live music, family movie nights, nature walks and more. 

In total, there will be 8 events as part of ‘Events Under the Tent.’  The season kicked off Friday, May 11th with a concert by The Social Animals.  Based in Duluth, this indie rock band is fronted by Dedric Clark. 

The next in the Centerstage Minnesota concerts at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids is Siama Matuzungidi.  A Congolese guitarman,  Siama, recorded hundreds of hits and toured the world with soukous greats until making Minneapolis home base.

Siama’s picking style is legendary.  He and partner Dallas sing up a sweet storm and, along with authentic drum and belafon (a calabash marimba), they perform the sounds of DR Congo and upbeat soukous of East African dance floors