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 July 18, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Sarah Packiam Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Live performance from WLRN-TV Studio A.

07/18/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Singer, songwriter and musician, Sarah Packiam, performs new compositions about life and love from her soon to be released second studio recording. Catch the delightful songs of Sarah Packiam on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

ArtServe, Mad Cat Theatre, 30th Annual Underwater Music Festival, Palm Beach County Arts Calendar

ArtServe
www.artserve.org

07/11/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jaye Abate, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale non-profit, ArtServe, joins us with info about their RedEye Reboot, an explosion of live art and entertainment scheduled for Saturday the 19th. Judith Bishop previews Mad Cat Theatre’s exciting new season. Bill Becker talks about his underwater festival in the Lower Keys.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Palm Beach Chamber Music Fest, Arts At St. Johns, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Miami Arts Cal

Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival cofounder, bassoonist extraordinaire, Michael Ellert
www.facebook.com/pbchambermusic

07/04/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Michael Ellert, bassoonist with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival speaks with Charles Greenfield about their concerts taking place in Palm Beach County. Carol Hoffman-Guzman is back as Acting Director of the Arts at St. Johns series. We’ll hear about her exciting plans for the program.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Filmmakers Franco Parente and Angel Eva Markoulis, Symphony of the Americas, Dan Hudak and Keys Cal

Little Haiti Rock City
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06/27/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, will an old Miami music pub get its own documentary? Only a Kickstarter campaign can pull it off. Find out more from film makers Franco Parente and Angel Eva Markoulis. Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese describes a new season of delights coming up for The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the new Spanish film that garnered 6 Goya Awards, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, opening soon in South Florida. Chef Norman Van Aken whips up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Little Haiti Rock City documentary film of the 35yr history surrounding Churchills pub.

The Symphony of the Americas

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Aaron Lebos Reality Returns To South Florida Arts Beat To Perform New Tunes From Their Latest Record

WLRN

06/20/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Catch the exceptional Jazz Rock of Aaron Lebos Reality as they perform compositions from their latest recording, Turning Point. That’s Friday on South Florida Arts Beat featuring Aaron Lebos Reality at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Russell Mofsky of Gold Dust Lounge, O Cinema with Dan Hudak, And Our Broward Arts Calendar

Russell Mofsky of Gold Dust Lounge
twitter.com/russellmofsky

06/13/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, musician/composer Russell Mofsky of the band Gold Dust Lounge drops by to give listeners a preview of the band’s new recording, Lost Sunset. Born out of a successful Kickstarter program, Lost Sunset will have its official debut Saturday, June 21st in Miami.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

JazzRoots Series, Bassist Christian McBride, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Jazz Roots
www.jazzroots.net

06/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, TV and event producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, talks about Miami-Dade county’s most successful Jazz series, the 7th annual JazzRoots coming to the Arsht Center.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Taste of the Nation, Ballet Hispanico, Annual Hukilau and Florida Keys Calendar

05/30/14 - Friday on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser talks about Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and their “No Kid Hungry” mission. Choreographer Rosie Herrera speaks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about  Ballet Hispanico’s world premiere coming to the Arsht Center. Contributor, Chris DeAngelis, previews the 13th Annual Hukilau coming to Fort Lauderdale in mid-June. Chef Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman.

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Night Train
8:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Remembering Miami's Music, Clubs and the Good Old Times

Listen to the audio below.  This week on Night Train, Ted Grossman takes a trip down memory lane with WLRN's Ed Bell, Seth Bramson, and Charlie Cinnamon sharing stories of South Florida music, the clubs and rare recordings. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

ArtsGarage, Coral Gables Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series, Broward Arts Calendar

ArtsGarage
artsgarage.org

05/23/14- On the next South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes the major success that is the ArtsGarage’s first three years of presentations and their new expansion into Pompano Beach. Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church’s Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series has the details about their exciting events.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO! Performs Live!

WLRN

05/16/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat experience the Latin Funk of PALO! They’ll perform compositions from their new CD: PALO! Live in our WLRN TV Studio A. For the past ten years this signature Miami band has been spreading their brand of 'Afro-Cuban Funk' featuring the Grammy-nominated vocalist Leslie Cartaya. This is Cuban music for a new generation. Catch the excitement of PALO!

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti

05/09/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll get to know Jan Mapou, owner and manager of Libreri Mapou, the first mini-cultural center in Little Haiti. Classical music presenters Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch talk about their 33 years of bringing the greatest talent to Miami with Sunday Afternoons of Music.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Miami Theater Center, musician Albert Castiglia, Masterpieces of Haitian Art, Broward Arts Cal.

Albert Castiglia, Bob Weinberg and Ed Bell
SELFIE

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

7th Annual Record Store Day, New Blues CD from Mosher Street Records, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/18/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ founder, Lauren Reskin, talks about the resurgence of vinyl albums and the internationally celebrated 7th Annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

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