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 June 14, 2013

Colors of the Caribbean, Overtown Rhythm & Arts Fest, Chef Norman Van Aken & Palm Beach Arts Cal

KES and The Band perform at Colors of the Caribbean
http://colorsofthecaribbean.info/

06/14/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Asa Sealy, Executive Director of Caribbean-American Heritage Florida, Inc., brings us the details about the Colors of the Caribbean, a celebration of Caribbean culture at Hollywood ArtsPark. Helena Poleo talks about the Third Annual Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Summer Theatre Fest, Community Arts Program Concert Series, MOA Ft Lauderdale, Broward Arts Cal

Summer Theatre Fest
http://www.southfloridatheatre.com/

06/07/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Andie Arthur, Executive Director of the South Florida Theatre League, describes their Summer Theatre Fest including a play reading series and the Free Night of Theater. Contributor Charles Greenfield previews the Community Arts Program with Mark Hart of the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Judith Bishop catches up with the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale’s Director of Exhibitions Rachel Ivers. Chef Norman Van Aken returns with A Word On Food and Jody Horne-Leshinsky delivers her Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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South Florida Arts Beat


At the helm of  WLRN's South Florida Arts Beat program is host, Ed Bell. Along with a team of equally knowledgeable and creative contributors, he brings his world of experience in the arts to the fore, and lets us know what's out there for us to see, hear and enjoy.  From probing interviews with artists to lively discussions with curators and impresarios, to unique live music performances, you'll be up to speed on the arts with Ed Bell and South Florida Arts Beat on 91.3 WLRN-HD1. Listen to the rebroadcast Fridays at 7:00 pm on WLRN-HD2.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Arts Garage, Summer Shorts Theater, Hukilau 2013, Chef Norman Van Aken and Miami Arts Calendar

Andrew Forman at Arts Garage
http://artsgarage.org/

05/31/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Arts Garage Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes exciting upcoming events in Delray Beach. Contributor Judith Bishop finds out about this season’s Summer Shorts Series with Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Jazz Roots Series, The Lowe Art Museum, Chef Norman Van Aken and Florida Keys Calendar

Jazz Roots
http://www.arshtcenter.org/jazzroots1314/

05/24/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, brings us the details about his Jazz Roots Series opening at The Arsht Center in the fall. Contributor Judith Bishop speaks with the Lowe Art Museum’s Executive Director, Brian Dursum, about upcoming exhibitions.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio Performs Live

Bobby Lee Rodgers
http://www.bobbyleerodgers.com/

05/17/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz Rocker, guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers returns with his trio featuring Don Coffman on bass and Thomas Damon on drums. They’ll perform Jazz standards and compositions from his latest CD, Fire Fly.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Chef Norman Van Aken & Palm Beach Arts Cal

Museum of Contemporary Art
http://www.moma.org/

  05/10/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater, speaks with Judith Bishop about MOCA, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Charles Greenfield discusses the South Beach Chamber Ensemble with founder and artistic director, Michael Andrews. Chef Norman Van Aken continues his series A Word On Food and our Palm Beach arts calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

'Digging' Miami with Bob Carr, Cypress String Quartet, Chef Norman Van Aken & Broward Arts Calendar

Digging Miami

05/03/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out where the skeletons are buried – literally. Former Miami-Dade County archaeologist, Bob Carr, talks about his new book, Digging Miami. Charles Greenfield previews the Cypress String Quartet’s Sunday afternoon concert in Coral Gables.

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

South Miami Cultural Arts Center, Hollywood ArtWalk, Chef Norman Van Aken & Miami Arts Calendar

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
http://www.smdcac.org/

04/26/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss has all of the exciting details about events coming to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Hollywood’s urban redevelopment continues with its Mural Project, their Downtown ArtWalk and their Live Music Initiative. Manny Pila tells us more.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Record Store Day, Bass Museum, Dranoff Piano Competition, Keys Calendar & Chef Norman Van Aken

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music and event producer, owner of Sweat Records, Lauren Reskin, has the lowdown on the 6th Annual Record Store Day and Sweatstock taking place Saturday the 20th in Miami. Judith Bishop covers exciting events at the Bass Museum of Art with Silvia Karmen Cubina.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Jacob Jeffries Band Performs Live

Jacob Jeffries

04/12/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live musical broadcast from our Miami studios. We’ll feature the singing, songwriting and piano talents of Jacob Jeffries. This award-winning musician has been honored as the Florida Grammy Showcase Best New Artist and the BMI Pick of the Month Artist.

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

TransAtlantic Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Esperanza Spalding and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Rhythm Foundation
https://www.facebook.com/TheRhythmFoundation

04/05/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music producer extraordinaire, Laura Quinlan, of The Rhythm Foundation, tells us about the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival bringing world music to Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell and the Wynwood art district.

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

Palm Beach International Film Festival, music from Nicole Henry, Pauletter Dozier and Aaron Lebos

Dan Hudak
www.hudakonhollywood.com

03/29/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, film critic Dan Hudak previews the 18th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival.  Our musical retrospective features Nicole Henry, Paulette Dozier and Aaron Lebos’ Reality.

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

Miami Jazz Coop, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and the New World Symphony

http://miamijazz.org

03/22/13 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, Founder Rick Katz talks about the not-for-profit, Miami Jazz Cooperative, and its concert series in Coral Gables. Judith Bishop speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor, Gordon Roberts, about the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s upcoming concerts.

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

Stiltsville Documentary, Artistic Director Joe Adler of Gablestage, Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero

Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats on WLRN-TV 17
WLRN

03/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Debra Hall-Greene speaks about the documentary, Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats, which airs on WLRN TV Channel 17 Sunday, March 31st. Judith Bishop talks with Joe Adler, award-winning, South Florida Artistic Producing Director of Gablestage, about regional theater and his long, illustrious career.

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