Ed Bell

Host, Producer, Announcer

Ed Bell produces and hosts South Florida Arts Beat, bringing over thirty years of experience and networking within the South Florida performing arts community to his exciting and informative show. There are few names in the media more supportive of South Florida's cultural arts organizations than Ed Bell.

He has been involved in the local music scene since getting his start on the air at the University of Miami's WVUM in 1971. In the years that followed, he co-produced Jazz legend "Symphony Sid" Torin's show on the all-jazz WBUS, Miami Beach. Bell hosted live broadcasts of Jazz concerts on WTMI from the Airliner Jazz Club and worked as a sound designer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Since starting at WLRN 91.3 FM in 1977, Ed has spearheaded many initiatives in support of South Florida's jazz and blues artists, especially in his work as a promoter and concert series producer. One of Ed's most distinguished efforts as a jazz producer was his role as a principal co-founder of the Hollywood Jazz Festival. From 1983 to 1986, Ed turned the festival into a memorable weekend of television and live radio broadcasts of top locally, nationally and even internationally known jazz musicians.

In his first twenty years at the station, Ed was instrumental in making WLRN South Florida's premier jazz and blues station. Soon after coming to WLRN, he began his Lunchtime Miami program featuring a broad history of great American music, jazz, blues and R&B. Each Friday, he produced a half-hour segment called South Florida's Own that highlighted the work of the best local jazz, blues and R&B musicians. Interspersing his music presentations with intelligent interviews featuring international, national and local musicians and cultural arts leaders, the show became a unique presentation on the South Florida radio dial. In June, 1995, local news magazine New Times deemed Ed the Best Local Jazz Advocate in its best of South Florida issue.

He brought his broadcast production expertise in January, 1999, to a new program called Topical Currents broadening his radio presentations to include diverse cultural arts activities all over South Florida. That show is now called South Florida Arts Beat, broadcasting regionally to four counties in South Florida (from Jupiter to Key West) and worldwide on WLRN's Internet site every Friday at 1:00 pm, EST.

South Florida Arts Beat is a unique radio presentation on the South Florida airwaves featuring interviews, reviews and live musical performances. The show's executive producer is Adrienne Kennedy, special projects manager for WLRN. Contributors include humorist Buzz Fleischman (columnist for the Community Newspapers and The River Cities Gazette), Richard Pachter (book reviewer for The Miami Herald's Business Monday section), Leila Cobo (Miami/Latin American Desk for Billboard Magazine) and Chris DeAngelis (pop culture reviewer), Charles Greenfield and Judith Bishop among other fine producers. Each program wraps up with an entertainment calendar filled with arts events and features contributors associated with various arts councils from a four county region, Deborah Margol (Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs), Michael Aller (Chief of Protocol/Director of Tourism and Conventions for Miami Beach), Jody Horne-Leshinsky (Marketing Director for the Broward Cultural Division), Bill Nix (V.P./Chief Program Officer for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council) and Andy Newman (Fla. Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council).

The South Florida arts community is now being heard each week on a worldwide basis, and South Florida Arts Beat on WLRN is leading the way!

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07/03/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jaye Abbate, President and CEO of the non-profit, ArtServe, talks about their Red Eye fundraiser and upcoming community events. Charles Greenfield previews the exciting Miami Summer Music Festival with founder and artistic director, Michael Rossi.

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06/26/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat chef extraordinaire, Allen Susser, talks about the region’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation - South Florida. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Filmed In Broward Series starting July 9th in Fort Lauderdale.

06/19/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another performance from our Miami studios. Featured will be The Miami Jazz Trio comprised of legendary South Florida Jazz musicians and educators – Vince Maggio on piano, Randall Dollahon on guitar and Jamie Ousley on bass. Catch this rare live performance from the superb Miami Jazz Trio Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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06/12/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Charles Greenfield speaks with the founders of the Nu-Deco Ensemble, the exciting Miami-based 21st century chamber group. Miami Jazz Coop’s director Rick Katz describes his not-for-profit’s first 5 years of successes.

06/05/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Matt Cooper tells us about The Taste of the Caribbean, the popular culinary and culture showcase in Miami. The 14th Annual Hukilau brings a Polynesian celebration to Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale next week.   Chris DeAngelis highlights the Exotica, Jazz, Surf and Rockabilly bands and the Tiki Tower Takeover. Jazz drummer Duffy Jackson swings at ArtsGarage in mid-June. Chef Norman Van Aken and our Florida Keys calendar wrap up the show.

05/29/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, legendary record man and broadcaster, Michael Dean, previews his Lincoln Road Listening Club presentation about WBUS, Miami Beach’s alternative radio station of the early 1970s.

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05/22/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, describes to contributor, Judith Bishop, new exhibitions coming to the museum through the fall. Charles Greenfield previews future concerts from the Mainly Mozart Series with Artistic Director Marina Rah-DU-shina. Jazz and Blues writer, Bob Weinberg reviews “Brandon’s Blues”, a new CD from South Florida’s Blues legend, Joey Gilmore.

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05/15/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another exciting studio performance. One of the greatest names on violin in European Jazz comes to Florida to continue his stateside career. Catch the magnificent talents of Vitali Imereli as he performs with his superb trio. A protégé of the legendary Jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli, Mr. Imereli is poised to become an international Jazz star.

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05/08/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Christopher Cook, Executive Director and Gean Moreno, Artistic Director of the non-profit Cannonball are dedicated to supporting artists. We’ll find out about their latest programs. Contributor Judith Bishop speaks with Julia Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art about exciting upcoming exhibitions and events.

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05/01/01 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative, Alyona Ushe, guiding light of ArtsGarage in Delray Beach and Pompano Beach’s Bailey Contemporary Arts informs us about exciting events coming to those venues.

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