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NPR's Toast of the Nation New Years Eve at 9:00 PM

Tune in Thursday night at 9:00 PM for NPR's Toast of the Nation. It's been an NPR tradition since 1977 when the Jazz Alive series aired concerts from The Cookery and The Village Gate. This year, NPR music and WBGO present four great performances to help ring in 2021 all recorded this year between July and November.

The lineup includes The Catherine Russell Trio from Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York (October) , KOKORONO from the Royal Albert Hall in London  (July), The Jazz Gallery All-Stars at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (October) and Pink Martini in Portaland, Oregon (November).

Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mike also helps with assembling music for “Jazz From Studio One” hosted by the advanced radio students at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mike is an Omaha native and graduated from Technical High School in 1984.