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
10:41 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Award-Winning Jazz Pianist And Vocalist, Ariel Pocock, Performs With Her Band

Ariel Pocock

4/11/2014 - You can enjoy another concert in our monthly performance series from our Miami studios. Award-winning Jazz pianist and vocalist, Ariel Pocock, brings her band to the airwaves.

This Downbeat Magazine and Ellington Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center lauded star performs compositions from her debut CD, Touchstone.

Catch this marvelous talent, Ariel Pocock, with her band performing live on South Florida Arts Beat.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New Events Coming To The Deering Estate with Jennifer Tisthammer

4/4/2014 - On South Florida Arts Beat, we cover new events coming to The Deering Estate with Assistant Director, Jennifer Tisthammer and Exhibit Specialist, Kim Yantis.

Contributor Judith Bishop speaks with founder Mary Luft about exciting upcoming shows for Tigertail Productions.

Musician Aaron Lebos talks about his latest release, Turning Point.

Chef Norman Van Aken delivers A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman.

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

Florida Grand Opera, American Art Museum, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Broward Arts Cal

Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca
www.fgo.org

03/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca opens this weekend at the Arsht. FGO’s spokesman, Justin Moss, previews the exciting event with Charles Greenfield. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opens April 2nd at FIU’s Frost Art Museum. Judith Bishop speaks with Carmen Ramos, the exhibition’s curator. Dan Hudak previews the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival with festival president, Randi Emerman. Chef Norman Van Aken delivers A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky. 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 March 21, 2014

Flick Coffee House 50th Anniversary Celebration of Folk Music and Fairchild Tropical New Art Center

David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) with Bobby Ingram

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03/21/14 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, musician Bobby Ingram talks about the local Folk music boom in the ‘60’s and the 50th anniversary of The Flick Coffee House Folk music events, March 28th through the 30th in Coral Gables.  Tickets are $40 and $25 at the bar, with a limit of 100. Information at eventbrite.com Judith Bishop speaks with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s COO, Nannette Zapata, about their exciting, new Arts Center. 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 March 14, 2014

Troy Roberts Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

03/14/14 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance.

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

YoungArts, Joshua Bell, Women’s International Film Fest, and Florida Keys Calendar

Joshua Bell
Marc Holm www.joshuabell.com

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

MiamiArtZine.Com, Festival of the Arts Boca, Miami International Film Festival, Broward Arts Cal

Harvey J. Burstein with SFAB host and producer Ed Bell
miamiartzine.com

02/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Florida’s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.

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

Brenda Alford Performs Live with her Jazz Trio

Brenda Alford
www.brendaalford.com

02/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, vocalist/composer/actress/educator and broadcaster, Brenda Alford, will perform with her Jazz trio. She’ll sing some of her original compositions as well as Jazz evergreens. This former teacher of the year has appeared in John Waters’ film Hairspray and Barry Levinson’s Avalon.

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

Sobe Wine & Food Festival, The Chopin Foundation, Dan Hudak’s Oscar Picks, Miami Arts Calendar

Sobe Wine and Food Festival
www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF

02/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sobe Wine and Food Festival founder and director, Lee Schrager, shares his excitement about this year’s 13th edition. Charles Greenfield speaks with the executive director of The Chopin Foundation, Jadwiga Gewert about enticing upcoming performances.

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

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, Opera For Kids, Riverwalk Blues Fest, Florida Keys Calendar

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival
http://virginiakeygrassroots.com

02/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival previews the world music, dance and art festivities for all ages.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Latin Jazz Concert, Cleveland Orchestra, Jimi Hendrix, & Broward Arts Calendar

A gathering of Jazz greats are set to perform at MDCA in February... Negroni's 3o / Ed Calle / Federico Brito / Roberto Perera / Sammy Figueroa... WOW!!!
www.facebook.com/MDCAuditorium

01/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, drummer extraordinaire, Nomar Negroni, talks about a spectacular Latin Jazz showcase coming to the Miami Dade County Auditorium next week. Charles Greenfield chats with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero about the Cleveland Orchestra’s exciting upcoming concerts at the Arsht Center.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli
www.officiallizaminnelli.com

01/24/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop continues her South Florida museum series with Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum featuring ArtCycle, free Jazz concerts and so much more.

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

Allan Harris Performs Live on South Florida Arts Beat

Allan Harris live at Umbria Jazz Festival.
Pat Harris www.twitter.com/allanharris

01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.  www.AllanHarris.Com  

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

Art Deco Weekend, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Dranoff Piano Foundation, Florida Keys Calendar

Art Deco Weekend
www.facebook.com/ArtDecoWeekend

01/10/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush with the Miami Design Preservation League brings us details about the 37th Art Deco Weekend. Film critic, Dan Hudak, speaks with the new director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival about their exciting offerings starting January 23rd.

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

Johnny Rodgers, Coral Gables Blues Fest, Key Largo/Islamorada Food & Wine Fest, Broward Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli and Johnny Rodgers circa 2006
http://johnnyrodgers.com

01/03/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, hometown singer/songwriter, Johnny Rodgers, returns to South Florida in concert this weekend at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. We’ll catch up with this busy talent.

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