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!

Ways To Connect

12/19/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Alana Perez, Director of Pinecrest Gardens, talks about their exciting cultural arts park events from their Jazz and Classical series to theater, visual arts program and their Airie residency program and much more. Coconut Grove’s annual satirical parade, The King Mango Strut, gets under way Sunday, Dec. 28th.

12/12/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and Executive Director, Naomi Wilzig, talks about W.E.A.M, Miami Beach’s most engaging and adult museum and its upcoming exhibitions. General Director, Susan Danis, voices her support for the Florida Grand Opera and shares her excitement about their future presentations.

12/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Jazz legend, Ira Sullivan, brings his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet to our WLRN Studio A to perform Jazz standards with his group of professional musicians. Please tune in Friday to hear the Jazz excitement of Ira Sullivan on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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11/27/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop speaks with Bob Goodman about the artistic tidal wave that is Art Basel/Miami Beach. Patti Ragan describes her non-profit Center For Great Apes and its fundraiser in Wynwood next week. Bob Weinberg reviews Iko Iko’s new CD, “Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol.

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11/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Broward Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO, Kelley Shanley, brings us the details about their exciting arts and educational events. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the 13th Annual Miami Short Film Festival with founder and director, William Vela.

11/14/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios.

Tune in Friday for the dynamic Jazz, Blues and R & B of Allan Harris and his band featuring Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax. They’ll perform compositions from their latest recording, “Black Bar Jukebox”, from Love Productions Records. That’s the exciting, dynamic Allan Harris performing live on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

11/07/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Pam Dearden joins us to share her excitement about a new season of concerts coming up for The Gold Coast Jazz Society.

10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.

10/24/14- This week's South Florida Arts Beat features the superb contemporary Jazz of the Lindsey Blair Quartet, Friday, Oct. 24th, 1pm on 91.3 WLRN.

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