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 September 5, 2014

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

Pictured dancer from Disney’s Newsies Musical
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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

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
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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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Jazz Musician/Educator Bobby Ramirez, Frost Art Museum at FIU, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Bobby Ramirez Jazz Flute CD
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08/08/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat Jazz musician and educator, Bobby Ramirez, talks about his new CD, Jazz Flute. Executive Director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Carol Damian, discusses with Judith Bishop their exciting, new season of exhibitions.

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

Jamaica’s Independence Day Events, Non-profit Cannonball, and Florida Keys Calendar

Jamaica Awareness, Inc.
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08/01/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll hear about Jamaica’s 52nd Anniversary Independence Day events in South Florida from Cheryl Wynter, with the information office of the Consulate General of Jamaica and Sydney Roberts, Executive Director of Jamaica Awareness, Inc.

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

South Miami Cultural Arts Center, Summer Reading/Classical Music Suggestions and Broward Arts Cal

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07/25/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, describes an exciting new season on tap at the beautiful arts center in Cutler Bay. Charles Greenfield runs down some reading and classical music suggestions for your summer enjoyment.

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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

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
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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
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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.


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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

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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
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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
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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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