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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Broward Center Educational Events, Miami Short Film Festival, Florida Keys Calendar

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11/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Broward Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO, Kelley Shanley, brings us the details about their exciting arts and educational events. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the 13th Annual Miami Short Film Festival with founder and director, William Vela.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Allan Harris performs Jazz, Blues and R&B compositions from his latest recording “Black Bar Jukebox"

11/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios.

Tune in Friday for the dynamic Jazz, Blues and R & B of Allan Harris and his band featuring Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax. They’ll perform compositions from their latest recording, “Black Bar Jukebox”, from Love Productions Records. That’s the exciting, dynamic Allan Harris performing live on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Gold Coast Jazz Society, St. Martha Concert Series, Miami Book Fair, Palm Beach Arts Cal.

11/07/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Pam Dearden joins us to share her excitement about a new season of concerts coming up for The Gold Coast Jazz Society.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Broward Arts Cal

10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.

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South Florida Arts Beat
10:18 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lindsey Blair Quartet Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

10/24/14- This week's South Florida Arts Beat features the superb contemporary Jazz of the Lindsey Blair Quartet, Friday, Oct. 24th, 1pm on 91.3 WLRN.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's New Season

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10/17/14 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop speaks with Curator of Exhibitions, Jane Hart, about her long career in the arts and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s season of exhibitions and community outreach programs. Catch the conversation and information and phone in your pledge on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

The Miami City Ballet and Miami Beach’s Art Deco Museum

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10/10/14 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez talks with contributor Charles Greenfield about a new season of dance delights from the award-winning Miami City Ballet. The new Art Deco Museum on Miami Beach is now open to the public. The Miami Design Preservation League’s Programs and Outreach Director, Judith Frankel, brings us the programming details. Catch the conversation and information on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Culture Shock Miami, Festival Miami, and Florida Keys Calendar

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10/03/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Culture Shock Miami celebrates its 10th season providing inexpensive tickets to students 13 to 22 years old to events all over Miami-Dade County. Gerry Landreth with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs brings us the details.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Broward County’s 100th, New Theatre's New Season, and Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

09/26/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, on October 16th Broward County will start a year of celebrations for its 100th anniversary. Jody Horne-Leshinsky and Dawn Robinson-Patrick with the Broward Cultural Division bring us the exciting details. Judith Bishop highlights a new season presented by New Theatre with Artistic Director, Ricky J. Martinez.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Miami Light Project, Deep City Records Documentary on WLRN TV, and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Deep City Records was founded in the back room of Pearsall’s Johnny’s Records, a shop at NW 60th Street and 22nd Avenue in Liberty City.

09/19/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Beth Boone of the Miami Light Project  runs down their new season of exciting, cutting-edge events. Film makers, Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson talk about their latest documentary, Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound, premiering on WLRN TV, Sept. 23rd. Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Palm Beach arts calendar features Marilyn Bauer. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Chloe Dolandis Performs Live On South Florida Arts Beat

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09/12/14 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, singer and songwriter, Chloe Dolandis, performs her new compositions about life and love. Her new band features musical director Christian Davis on guitar, Jesus Lazcano – keyboards, Chris Pasis – bass, Seth Bailen on drums and percussion with Bill Muter on tuba.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Arsht Center's New Season, 2nd Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair, and Florida Keys Calendar

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09/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat Arsht Center President and CEO, John Richard, tells us about all of the exciting events coming to the Arsht this season. Founder Jan Mapou describes his comprehensive 2nd Annual Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Nova Southeastern University/Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FIU School of Music, Broward Arts Cal

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08/29/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop catches up with Executive Director and Chief Curator extraordinaire, Bonnie Clearwater, of the Nova Southeastern University - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Contributor Charles Greenfield speaks with the new, interim dean of the FIU School of Music, Dr. William Hipp. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Amernet String Quartet Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Amernet String Quartet
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08/22/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Ensemble-In-Residence at FIU’s School of Music since 2004, the Amernet String Quartet, performs live from WLRN’s Studio A. This award-winning group, born of Juilliard students, has traveled the world performing and educating since 1991. They are committed to the music of our time and aim to enlighten the concert experience through their innovative programming.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Film Critics Circle Roundtable with Dan Hudak, Skip Sheffield and Rubén Rosario, Miami-Dade Arts Cal

Ruben, Skip and Dan in the WLRN Studios
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08/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the business of film critics as discussed by Dan Hudak, Skip Sheffield and Ruben Rosario on the 4th Annual South Florida Arts Beat Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable. What’s hot, what’s not, 3D, sequels, comic book adaptations, South Florida art houses, the future of film criticism and much more.

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