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 November 16, 2012

Jazz Fusion Quartet Aaron Lebos Reality Performs Live

Jazz Fusion Quartet Aaron Lebos Reality
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11/16/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another concert from our Miami studios. Aaron Lebos Reality performs compositions from their latest recording. This modern Jazz guitarist is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music Jazz/Studio Music Program and Florida International University.  He’s also a veteran of the road having worked with numerous Latin Pop stars throughout the last decade.

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South Florida Arts Beat
6:41 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Tobacco Road's 100th Anniversary

Tobacco Road
Ed Bell

It’s been a watering hole that has seen Miami grow from an insect-infested swamp town to a city of millions, gateway to Latin America. It’s weathered the worst of Miami and the best – all to the beat of South Florida’s music scene. No pretensions in this joint. It’s real, it’s genuine – it’s Tobacco Road. South Florida Arts Beat contributor, Chris DeAngelis, reveals the life of Miami’s booze and blues legend.

Written by Chris DeAngelis, produced and hosted by Ed Bell for WLRN’s South Florida Arts Beat.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Florida Grand Opera, Rising Tide, St. Martha Concerts, and Tobacco Road's 100th anniversary

Cast of FGO La bohème.
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11/09/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, previews a new season of the Florida Grand Opera with Justin Moss.  Film maker Andrew Hevia describes his new documentary, Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, which premieres on WLRN, Channel 17 next Wednesday at 8:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Larry Rosen, Miami Jazz Festival and Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman

Larry Rosen
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11/02/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Founder and Executive Producer, Larry Rosen, joins us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Jazz record label, GRP Records. Mr. Rosen is also the founder and Executive Producer of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots Series which opens this weekend. The Miami Jazz Festival premieres November 17th. Founder and Musical Director, Carmen Cartiglia shares his excitement about this exciting five year project at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami.

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South Florida Arts Beat
8:32 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Arts Teacher of the Year, Miami-Nice Jazz Festival, Book Fair Int'l, Palm Beach Arts Calendar

(l – r) Arts Teacher Winner: Nina Zakrzewski, Arts Administrator Grace Kewl-Durfey with finalists: Hilary Fine, and Susan Ostheim.
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10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year.  We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information  Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

South Florida Jazz Orchestra Performs Live

South Florida Jazz Orchestra
www.southfloridajazzorchestra.com

10/12/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our area’s premiere big band, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, performs compositions from their latest recording, Trumpet Summit.  Featuring original Bergeron and Brian Lynch compositions and grand standards, the band’s new arrangements are fresh and quite exciting.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, Patrick Dupre-Quigley, Rock Of Ages, Florida Keys Calendar

Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest
www.sunnyislesbeachjazz.com

This week on South Florida Arts Beat, Ibis Romero describes the swingin’ 5th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival. Multiple performance locations and Jazz styles will be offered this year. Guiding light of Seraphic Fire, Patrick Dupre-Quigley, speaks about their exciting, new season. Judith Bishop talks with the Miami native starring in Rock of Ages opening at the Arsht on the 9th. Our calendar features Andy Newman with enticing events in the Florida Keys. Tune in South Florida Arts Beat and catch the conversation and information Friday at 1:00pm. 

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Sunday Afternoons Of Music, FTL Film Festival, Broward Calendar, Festival Miami

Sunday Afternoons of Music
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09/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Doreen Marx describes a new season of concerts for Sunday Afternoons of Music and Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offerings. Dean Shelly Berg shares his excitement about the 29th Annual Festival Miami. Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Interim Director of the Broward Cultural Division, features enticing events on our Broward arts calendar. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Amernet String Quartet Performs Live

09/14/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another performance from our Miami studios. FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elliott Carter. Advocates for neglected works of the past as well as committed to the music of our time, this quartet has been delighting and educating audiences of all ages since 1991.

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