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 20, 2013

Arts Thrive In South Miami-Dade

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
www.smdcac.org

09/20/13 - On a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Eric Fliss, talks about the arts explosion in South Dade due to the center’s community outreach programs and presentations of international, national and local talent. The arts are transforming this South Florida community.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Antonio Adolfo Quartet Performs Live

In the WLRN studios warming up.
Paul Leary/WLRN

09/13/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy a live studio performance by the Antonio Adolfo Quartet. With an A-list rhythm section of Jamie Ousley on bass, Claudio Spiewak on guitar and Carlomagno Araya on drums, they’ll perform Brazilian Jazz standards and original compositions from Mr. Adolfo’s latest recording, Fine Mixtures.” Catch South Florida’s finest Brazilian Jazz sounds with the Antonio Adolfo Quartet Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Documentary "Instruments of Change," Friends of Chamber Music Miami, A Word On Food & FLA Keys Cal

Circa 1965. Dr. Ruth Greenfield, founder of The Fine Arts Conservatory
Miami Dade College

09/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Steve Waxman, discusses his new documentary, Instruments of Change, with its leading lady, a pioneer of integration and the arts, Dr. Ruth Greenfield. Julian Kreeger of the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami talks with Charles Greenfield about his new season of exciting concerts.

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South Florida Arts Beat
7:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series

St Paul AME Church
http://www.greaterstpaulame.com/

Due to the live press conference at 1pm this segment did not air live on South Florida Arts Beat.  Hear it now: 

 The Coconut Grove Cultural Arts Program presents:  “A Labor of Love Concert” – WHOLESOME, FAMILY-­FRIENDLY RHYTHM & BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC sung by Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with friends, The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., “with the support of the Miami-­Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-­Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Black Heritage Music Series, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Frost Art Museum, and Broward Arts Calendar

Mel Dancy & Renita Samuels Dixon in WLRN studios
Tracy Fields/WLRN Evenin' Jazz

08/30/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, The Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series launches this weekend featuring two local music legends. Catch the details with Renita Samuels-Dixon. Producer extraordinaire, Doreen Marx, shares her excitement about Sunday Afternoons of Music’s new season. Director and Chief Curator, Dr.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Arsht Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Chef Norman Van Aken and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Joshua Bell - Part of the Arsht Center's new season
Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center. Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Elsten Torres Sings His Songs Of Life & Love LIVE

Elsten Torres
http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/elstentorres

South Florida Arts Beat live broadcast.

    

08/16/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Two time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/musician, Elsten Torres, and his band perform original compositions from his latest recording, Waiting For Clouds, featuring beautiful, melodic tunes of life and love. Enjoy the multi-genre, original music of Elsten Torres Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Fillmore Miami Beach, Festival Miami, Mad Cat Theatre, Chef Norman Van Aken and Miami-Dade Calendar

Fillmore Miami Beach
https://twitter.com/FillmoreMB

08/09/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of the Fillmore Miami Beach, Brandon Berry, brings us the enticing event details about the beach’s cherished concert hall. Dean Shelly Berg describes the exciting 30th anniversary events for Festival Miami.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Jamaican Independence Day, Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable, Norman Van Aken & FLA Keys Cal

© 2013 Consulate General of Jamaica
http://www.jamaicacgmiami.org/

08/02/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jamaica’s Consul General the Honorable Sandra Grant Griffiths and event producer extraordinaire, Sydney Roberts, have the details about Jamaica’s 51st Independence Day events here in South Florida. Our film critic, Dan Hudak, features his annual Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable with Michelle Solomon and Hans Morgenstern.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Elastic Bond Performs Live

Elastic Bond
http://elasticbond.com/
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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Taste of the Nation, Summer CD Review, Chef Norman Van Aken, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Chef Allen Susser
http://www.chefallens.com/

07/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser joins us to talk about his favorite charity, Share Our Strength and its big fundraiser to help feed hungry kids all over the country, Taste of the Nation South Florida. Our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, gives us his Summer CD Review. Chef Norman Van Aken offers A Word On Food and Bill Nix delivers his Palm Beach County arts calendar. 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 July 12, 2013

ArtServe, Symphony of the Americas, Coral Gables Art Cinema, A Word On Food and Broward Arts

ArtServe

07/12/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the non-profit, ArtServe, greatly helps out South Florida’s artists. President Jaye Abbate has the details. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts throughout South Florida by The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, talks to founder and president Steven Krams and director Robert Rosenberg about an exciting season for the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Viva Mango on WLRN-TV, Chef Norman Van Aken with A Word On Food & Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

07/05/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, a new documentary, Viva Mango, airs on WLRN TV, Channel 17 starting July 10th. Mango expert Larry Schokman and documentary co-producer Keyvan Antonio Heydari talk about the world’s most beloved fruit. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Cannonball, O-Cinema, Miami Sax Quartet, Chef Norman Van Aken and Florida Keys Calendar

Cannonball
http://www.cannonballmiami.org/

06/28/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Chris Cook, tells us how his not-for-profit, Cannonball, helps artists in so many important ways. Dan Hudak checks in with O Cinema’s co-founder, Kareem Tabsch, about their exciting improvements and upcoming shows. Jazz writer, Bob Weinberg, talks to Jazz musician and educator, Gary Lindsay, about the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s latest CD, Four Of A Kind. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and Andy Newman’s Florida Keys calendar suggests quite enticing events. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Gold Dust Lounge Quartet Performs Live

Mofsky Russell of Gold Dust Lounge

06/21/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. The eclectic quartet, Gold Dust Lounge, returns with an augmented band performing old favorites and new compositions. Their reverb drenched, loop-laden instrumentals create spacious, cinematic musical excursions led by the genre-hopping guitar of Russell Mofsky.

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