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.


Singer-songwriter and guitarist Carolyn Wonderland will be the guest on Blues in the Afternoon Monday.

Wonderland will talk about her new album "Tempting Fate", her musical influences and her time in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

Blues in the Afternoon airs 1:00-3:00  Mondays on 91.5 KIOS-FM.

Josh Hoyer will be the guest today on Blues in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs. Hoyer spent some time chatting with Mike by phone last week and the interview will air at 2:00.

Hoyer and his band Soul Colossal have just released their new CD "Natural Born Hustler", and some music from the new project will be heard today during the interview. 

Blues in the Afternoon airs Mondays from 1:00-3:00.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month across the country and  KIOS is your source for this enduring art form that continues to evolve. We have a diverse lineup of jazz programming Monday through Saturday. Tune in and catch what we have cooking this weekend. 

Tonight at 8:00, Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride presents an encore performance from NEA Jazz Masters Albert "Tootie" Heath an Jimmy Heath.

Blues singer Joyann Parker from Minneapolis will be the guest Monday on Blues in the Afternoon with host Mike Jacobs. The interview will take place at 2:00 along with some tracks from her new album.

Parker's new album Out of the Dark has been getting heavy airplay around the country since it's release in February. Parker is coming to Omaha for two shows at The Jewell on Saturday April 17.

Jazz in the Afternoon is celebrating it's 40th anniversary all year in 2021 on KIOS. Our focus on some of the notable jazz recordings from 1981 continues on Friday this week with music from the Oscar Peterson's "Nigerian Marketplace". 

Tune is Saturday night at 9:00 when Last Call, hosted by Chris Cooke, examines the classic Herbie Hancock album "Mwandishi", released 50 years ago this month in March 1971.

Chris will also debut some new music from saxophonist Joe Lovano. His new release on ECM Records is "Garden of Expression". 

The Atomic Hour reaches the 30 show milestone Saturday night at 8:00. This week, it's a special "Bat Mania" theme with music from the 1960's Batman TV series.

Music from the original soundtracks by Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle will be spun as well as cover versions of the original Batman Theme by Duane Eddy and Link Wray!

It's a mid-century sock hop for the ages on the Atomic Hour with your host Mr. 1960 Saturday night at 8:00!

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.