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 May 1, 2015

ArtsGarage, Karen Peterson and Dancers, KeyStock in Key West, & Florida Keys Calendar

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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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

International Jazz Fest, Perez Art Museum Miami, Jazz guitarist Randy Bernsen

04/24/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and producer Arturo Campa joins us to talk about another exciting Miami International Jazz Fest. Judith Bishop speaks with Leann Standish of the Perez Art Museum Miami about enticing current and future exhibitions.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Sweatstock Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Miami Light Project, and Palm Beach Calendar

04/17/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ owner and Indie promoter extraordinaire, Lauren Reskin, celebrates the store’s 10th anniversary, their Sweatstock Festival and Record Store Day 2015. Charles Greenfield checks in with The Florida Grand Opera and their spokesman, Justin Moss.

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South Florida Arts Beat
10:23 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The Award-Winning Jazz Pop Vocalist, Ms. Nicole Henry Live Performance

4/10/15 - On South Florida Arts Beat catch South Florida’s beloved Jazz Pop chanteuse, Ms. Nicole Henry, singing songs from the Great American Songbook to the Pop and R & B standards we grew up listening to and loving.

Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance.”

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South Florida Arts Beat
2:41 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

The legendary conductor Keith Lockhart speaks about his upcoming performance with the BBC Orchestra

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4/03/15 - The legendary conductor Keith Lockhart speaks about his upcoming performance with the BBC Orchestra at the Arsht Center

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, SoFlorida Jazz, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Florida Keys Cal

03/27/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our classical contributor, Charles Greenfield speaks with Executive Director Carlene Sawyer about upcoming Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation events and Bang The Ivories.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Miami Beach’s 100th anniversary with Charlie Cinnamon and Seth Bramson

03/20/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we celebrate Miami Beach’s 100th anniversary with legendary PR-man, Charlie Cinnamon and South Florida historian and writer, Seth Bramson. Join us for a historical tour of the former mangrove sandbar that transformed into one of the greatest resort cities in the world. We’ll also include Chef Norman Van Aken with A Word On Food and our Miami-Dade County arts calendar featuring Deborah Margol.

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

Sir James Galway, Miami Acting Company and Tigertail Productions

03/13/15 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat the renowned flautist, Sir James Galway, speaks with Charles Greenfield about his upcoming concert at Festival of the Arts Boca.

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

Latin-Funk-Fusion Band, Electric Piquete Performs Live On South Florida Arts Beat

03/06/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live studio performance. The Latin-Funk-Fusion band, Electric Piquete will perform their original compositions and give us a musical “exclusive” featuring their latest unreleased creation.

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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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