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 February 20, 2015

Master Chorale, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, Motown – The Musical; and Broward Arts Cal

02/20/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Co-producer, Kyle Barnhart, shares his excitement about the numerous events at The Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music, Art and Dance. Contributor Charles Greenfield previews upcoming concerts from The Master Chorale of South Florida with Artistic Director, Brett Karlin.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Jazz and Blues Vocalist Brenda Alford Performs Live

02/13/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

South Beach Wine and Food Fest, Miami Theater Center, Dan Hudak’s Oscar Picks, Miami-Dade Arts Cal

02/06/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Founder Lee Schrager shares his excitement about the 14th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Judith Bishop speaks with Founder and Artistic Director, Stephanie Ansin, about the Miami Theater Center’s latest presentation, The Seven Year Itch.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Miami Jazz Co-op, Chopin Foundation, the Coral Gables Museum, and Florida Keys calendar

Miami Jazz Cooperative
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01/30/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz pianist and educator, Jim Gasior, tells us about the not-for-profit, Miami Jazz Co-op’s performances and rent parties featuring South Florida’s finest talent. Viga Gewert, Chopin Foundation’s Executive Director for the U.S., shares her excitement about the 9th Annual National Chopin Piano Competition and its many local events.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Cuban Bebopper, Orlando Sanchez, sets our airwaves on fire with his incendiary brand of Latin Jazz

01/23/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another studio performance. Latin Jazz Bebopper, Orlando Sanchez, brings his terrific band into our studios to burn up the airwaves. This multi-instrumentalist (piano, saxophone, clarinet), founder of the Jazz Plaza Festival, director, composer and arranger with more than 30 years of artistic experience, displays virtuosity and creates a passionate and energized brand of Jazz.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Record Man Documentary, Southern Circuit Film Tour, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

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01/16/15 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, documentarian, Mark Moormann, brings us the details about his upcoming film, The Record Man, about how Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Art Deco Weekend, Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

www.artdecoweekend.com

01/09/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush brings us the exciting details about the 38th Annual Art Deco Weekend on Miami Beach. Charles Greenfield talks with Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, about the Miami City Ballet’s 2015 enchanting season events.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Miami Jewish Film Fest, Chamber Music Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Broward Arts Cal

www.chihuly.com/exhibitions/chihuly-fairchild

01/02/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Miami Jewish Film Festival with director Igor Shteyrenberg. Classical contributor, Charles Greenfield talks with Julian Kreeger about the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami’s upcoming concerts through April.

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

Pinecrest Gardens Jazz and Classical Series, King Mango Strut Parade, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

12/19/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Alana Perez, Director of Pinecrest Gardens, talks about their exciting cultural arts park events from their Jazz and Classical series to theater, visual arts program and their Airie residency program and much more. Coconut Grove’s annual satirical parade, The King Mango Strut, gets under way Sunday, Dec. 28th.

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

World Erotic Art Museum, Florida Grand Opera, and Broward Arts Calendar

12/12/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and Executive Director, Naomi Wilzig, talks about W.E.A.M, Miami Beach’s most engaging and adult museum and its upcoming exhibitions. General Director, Susan Danis, voices her support for the Florida Grand Opera and shares her excitement about their future presentations.

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

South Florida’s Jazz legend Ira Sullivan and his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet Live!

12/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Jazz legend, Ira Sullivan, brings his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet to our WLRN Studio A to perform Jazz standards with his group of professional musicians. Please tune in Friday to hear the Jazz excitement of Ira Sullivan on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Art Basel, Art4Apes Fundraiser in Wynwood, Iko Iko’s latest CD, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Center for Great Apes
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11/27/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop speaks with Bob Goodman about the artistic tidal wave that is Art Basel/Miami Beach. Patti Ragan describes her non-profit Center For Great Apes and its fundraiser in Wynwood next week. Bob Weinberg reviews Iko Iko’s new CD, “Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol.

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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

Rose Miniaci Education Center Classes
www.browardcenter.org

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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