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

The Mississippi River Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, July 14th & 15th at the KAXE amphitheater in Grand Rapids. This year’s lineup is OUTSTANDING and will be a great mix of blues, folk, rock and world music.


Har Mar Superstar (Friday 8pm) - Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superstar) is an American songwriter / performer who makes R&B / Pop / Soul music. What started as a one-man show in 1999 has grown into a full band revue. Often noted as a premier live act, Tillmann works the crowd and earns his keep with sweat equity.

Food Trucks Wanted

Mar 1, 2017

It's hard to believe but spring is right around the corner and we are gearing up for some great events this coming spring and summer.  No event is complete without great food! So, we are putting out a call to all food trucks and food vendors who would be interested in participating in the following events:


April 22, 2017 noon-5pm @ Rail River Folk School - Bemidji


July 14 & 15, 2017 - @ KAXE Studios - Grand Rapids

Ask almost any of the staff at Northern Community Radio what book they are reading you are more than likely to get a laundry list of books they are currently reading, ones they just finished and the ones they hope to read in the future.  That is with the exception of me.  Don't get me wrong, I read a lot it just comes in the form of newspapers, news magazine and other news publications, very seldom is it for pleasure.

Calling All Writers!

Feb 7, 2017

Spread the word - KAXE and KBXE, Northern Community Radio is launching a new show for Minnesota writers!

I’m Robert Jevne and my favorite moments as a listener of KAXE/KBXE have always been hearing writers and poets in their own words. Wordish is a new writer-centered audio segment and we want to hear from you – your voice, your words. We have expanded the format to include short fiction and creative essay as well as poetry so you have more opportunity to express yourself.

What is a Podcast?

Jan 27, 2017

You may have heard us talking about our new podcasts for 'Phenology' and 'Dig Deep' and have wondered to yourself what is a podcast?  Simply put, a podcast is a series of audio files that you can subscribe to and listen to whenever you like.

There are a couple of different ways you can subscribe to these podcasts.

iTunes - Visit the links below to subscribe to the podcasts.  You will want to click view in iTunes and then select subscribe.   New audio will be sent to your iPhone, iPad or other apple devices when available.