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

IKO-IKO Celebrates 30 Years with a Live Performance at WLRN

IKO IKO at Pineapple Groove
http://www.iko-iko.com/

11/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can hear another of our exciting, monthly studio performances. This time we’re honored to feature South Florida’s IKO IKO on their 30thanniversary. Led by Graham Wood Drout, they’ll perform their original “urban swamp music.” Blues, Rock, R&B and Jazz with a touch of New Orleans rhythm simmer in their “musical roux.” Let the good times roll with Iko Iko.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Key West Film Festival, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival
www.miaminicejazzfestival.com

        

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Live Performance by the Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet
amernetquartet.com

10/18/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance. Our featured group, the Amernet String Quartet, is the distinguished ensemble in residence at FIU. They join us to perform on South Florida Arts Beat for their second year in a row.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Miami Light Project, Seraphic Fire, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, FL Keys Cal

From the Miami Light Project Facebook page
www.facebook.com/miamilightproject

Download or listen to the entire program, or listen to individual segments below:

Miami Light Project’s guiding light, Beth Boone, shares her excitement about a new season of engaging events.

Charles Greenfield speaks with Patrick Dupre-Quigley about the amazing choral group, Seraphic Fire.

Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys arts calendar features Andy Newman.

10/11/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami Light Project’s guiding light, Beth Boone, shares her excitement about a new season of engaging events. Charles Greenfield speaks with Patrick Dupre-Quigley about the amazing choral group, Seraphic Fire. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys arts calendar features Andy Newman. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.

South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Friends of Nature Music Festival, Miami City Ballet, and Broward County Arts Calendar

Friends of Nature Music & Arts Festival
www.fonfest.com

Audio promo for this week's program.

10/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out about the premiere Friends of Nature Music Festival. Co-founder, Oscar Diaz, will be our guest. Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez, joins classical contributor, Charles Greenfield, for a discussion about South Florida’s grand ballet company, school and their exciting season of events. Chef Norman Van Aken cooks up A Word On Food and Jody Horne-Leshinsky delivers her 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 27, 2013

Actors' Playhouse and The Miami Symphony Orchestra

Actors Playhouse via www.facebook.com/actorsplayhouse
Diego Pocovi www.diegopocovi.com

Fundraising edition of the program.

09/27/13 - On the next fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop, speaks with Artistic Director, David Arisco, about another enticing season coming to Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Beloved Maestro Eduardo Marturet of MISO, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, has the details about the orchestra’s upcoming events. He shares his excitement with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.

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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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