Mike Jacobs

Music Director

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.


Juke in the Back, a weekly examination of the golden age of Rhythm and Blues makes it's debut on KIOS Saturday night January 9th at 7:00.

This week, it's a celebration of the art of boogie woogie with legendary performers like Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Fats Domino, Hadda Brooks, Dorothy Donegan and more!

Tune in for NPR's Toast of the Nation tonight at 9:00 PM for live jazz performances to ring in the new year! It's an NPR holiday tradition that goes back to the 1970s. Once again this year, it's an all-star lineup of talent from coast to coast, but in a socially distanced setting. Here's the lineup...

9:00: The Catherine Russell Trio from Dizzy's Club in New York

10:00: The Jazz Gallery All-Stars from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC

11:00: KOKOROKO at the Royal Albert Hall in London

12:00: Pink Martini from Portland, Oregon

Last Call with Chris Cooke will present the second in a series highlighting some of the best fusion and avant garde jazz of 2020 this Saturday night at 9:00 PM.

Chris will spin tracks from some of the year's most adventurous projects including  the Maria Schneider Orchestra's Data Lords, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Hero Trio, Gilfema's Three and Robby Krieger, guitarist for the Doors, and his long-awaited album The Ritual Begins at Sundown.

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.

Join Chris Cooke and Mike Jacobs this week at 1:00 PM on Jazz in the Afternoon Tuesday through Friday as they present some of the stellar jazz recordings of 2020.

It's been a hard year for everyone, but jazz artists kept their creative fires burning and delivered some inspired performances. We have over 60 artists lined up to spin this week including Dave Stryker, Lynne Arriale, Dena DeRose, Conrad Herwig and more. Join us!

Tune inMonday at 1:00 for Blues in the Afternoon as we look back at some of the best blues, R&B and soul music from 2020. 

Robert Cray, Rory Block, The Lucky Losers, Bobby Rush and much more are coming your way today as we take a look back on the roots music scene of 2020. A year none of us will ever forget.

Last Call, hosted by Chris Cooke, will present the first of a two-part series highlighting some of the best fusion and avant-garde recordings of 2020. The program airs Saturday night at 9:00.

Among the artists Chris will feature are Joel Harrison, Erik Jekabson Sextet and Nduduzo Makhathini-Modes.

Join Chris Saturday as he delves into some of the most adventurous and cutting edge jazz of 2020 as he heads toward his 25th anniversary in January!!

Kick back Christmas Day with us at noon and enjoy some vintage Rhythm & Blues Christmas tunes spun by host Matt The Cat on Juke in the Back's Rhythm & Blues Christmas.

It's the yuletide soul before rock n' roll from the late 1940s and 1950's. From all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas platters from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys. Groove to the cool yule!

Join us as NPR presents the 36th annual Jazz Piano Christmas this Christmas Eve at 8:00 PM.

A holiday tradition on public radio since 1985, Felix Contreras hosts this concert peformance with a twist on holiday favorites. This year, the guests are three of today's most prolific jazz pianists: REDWOOD, Cory Henry, and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron.

Friday night at 8:00, Jazz Night in America from NPR remembers jazz greats we lost this year in an annual tribute. Ten legendary musicians whose special talents will never be forgotten.

Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, Candido, Tony Allen, Annie Ross, Freddy Cole, Gary Peacock, Harry Grimes, Wallace Roney and McCoy Tyner are all paid a salute to their legendary talents and their musical legacies. 

NPR's All Songs Considered For The Holidays: The Return to the Cabin airs Sunday night December 20 at 7:00PM. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton welcome special guests Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Hall, Lucy Dacus and more!

In 2012, for the first holiday show at the cabin, nearly all the guests canceled and the show was a a loveable flop. Now, nearly a decade later, Bob and Robin try again. What could go wrong?? 

Juke in the Back, a weekly examination of post war Rhythm and Blues music will make it's debut on Saturday January 9th at 7:00 PM  replacing 12th Street Jump that is ending production.

Juke in the Back, hosted by longtime radio personality Matt The Cat, celebrates the rich history of early Rhythm and Blues with artist spotlights, surveys of a particular year or the music of the famous independent record labels that dominated the post war scene.

On Friday, Jazz in the Afternoon will present two newly released live recordings by Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. The two collections have previously been unavailable. 

To celebrate Thelonious Monk's birthday October 10, we will have music from Palo Alto, just released in September on Impulse. It was recorded in 1968 at a high school in Palo Alto, California.

Rick Erben, the long serving host of Jazz Junction is closing up shop after Saturday August 29. This month marks 30 years of volunteer hosting of jazz on KIOS for Rick and he has decided to step aside and enjoy his Saturdays away from the studio.

Omaha Performing Arts will present Jazz on Your Green, an online concert series beginning Thursday July 9 at 6:00PM on their Facebook and YouTube pages. KIOS will provide a link on our Facebook page, KIOS Omaha to the weekly series.

This week, Darcy Malone and the Tangle will headline the show, serving up a night of soul. Local favorite The Kris Lager Band will open the festivities at 6:00. For more information about Jazz on Your Green, you may visit

12th Street Jump makes it's debut at 7:00 Saturday night June 6. This week, it's a birthday tribute to jazz guitarist Tal Farlow with special guest Danny Embrey.

12th Street Jump is a weekly concert of jazz, blues and comedy from Kansas City hosted by Ebony Fondren. The program is produced by KCUR-FM in Kansas City.

KIOS will debut 12th Street Jump on Saturday night June 6 at 7:00. 12th Street Jump is a weekly public radio show combining jazz, blues and topical sketch comedy with special guests and a birthday tribute to a jazz or blues legend. The show is produced by KCUR in Kansas City and recorded live at the Black Dolphin nightclub in Kansas City. 

Coming up this morning KIOS will carry NPR's live coverage of  the White House Task Force update on the COVID-19 response at approxiamately 10:45 AM.

Also, at 2:00 this afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts will speak from the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln to give an update on the COVID-19 response effort. KIOS will bring you that press conference.