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 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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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

YoungArts Week, Dan Hudak’s Top Ten Films of 2013, the King Mango Strut, and Miami Arts Calendar

The 32nd King Mango Strut will be held on Sunday December 29, 2013!
http://www.kingmangostrut.org/

12/27/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Paul Lehr, Executive Director of YoungArts, speaks with Judith Bishop about their annual YoungArts Week starting January 6th. Film critic, Dan Hudak, selects his top ten films for 2013. Deborah Crisp describes the 32nd annual King Mango Strut, Coconut Grove’s satirical parade spoofing the past year’s news events. Chef Norman Van Aken delivers A Word On Food and our arts calendar features Deborah Margol with Miami-Dade County events.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

"In A Jazz Holiday Spirit" Live Performance

Wendy Pedersen and Ed Calle at the WLRN studios in 2010.
Al Chicoy/WLRN

12/20/13 - Friday at 1pm on the next South Florida Arts Beat, it's a live holiday performance with Wendy Pedersen and Dr. Ed Calle. This beloved award-winning singer/songwriter has been composing her own terrific holiday tunes for decades. Together with her all-star band of Jazz musicians including the King Of Carnival Miami 2013 and two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Dr.

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

Pop Artist Icon Peter Max

Nelson Mandela
PETER MAX https://twitter.com/Peter_Max

12/13/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, iconic Pop artist, Peter Max, talks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about his long and varied career. His "cosmic '60s" style brought him a worldwide audience that continues to grow to this day. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Max’s work is on exhibition in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton this Saturday. He comes to South Florida in a whirl-wind tour.

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

FIU’s School of Music Events, St. Martha Yamaha Concert Series, Florida Keys Arts Calendar

FIU School of Music
www.music.fiu.edu

12/06/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Dean of the FIU School of Music joins us with extensive concert information. Paul Posnak speaks with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, about upcoming performances in the St. Martha – Yamaha Concert Series.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Art Basel, Center For Great Apes, Perez Art Museum of Miami, and Broward Arts Calendar

Art Basel Miami Beach
Courtesy of Juan Vasquez www.artbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach

11/29/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop previews Art Basel/Miami Beach with Bob Goodman. Wauchula’s Center for Great Apes comes to the Wynwood Art District with a benefit exhibition. Learn more about this non-profit on a care-giving mission. PAMM’s finally opening next week.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

South Florida Jazz Concert Series, MOCA’s new director, and Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

South Florida Jazz Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/southfloridajazz

11/22/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Dr. Ron Weber brings us the details about the not-for-profit South Florida Jazz’s exciting upcoming concerts in Broward. North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s new director, Alex Gartenfeld, previews his plans for the great museum.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Miami Book Fair, Classical Music at Kravis Center, Blue Starlite Drive-In, Florida Keys Calendar

During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books
www.miamibookfair.com

11/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Lissette Mendez, Director of Programs, brings us the exciting details about the 30th Miami Book Fair International.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

MDC Live Arts Series, Orchestra Miami, Miami Short Film Festival, our Broward County Arts Calendar

MDC Live Arts
http://www.mdclivearts.org/

          

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