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.


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.

NPR rings in the New Year again with Toast of the Nation at 9:00 New Years Eve here on KIOS with live jazz until 1:00 A.M. The first broadcast was in 1977 as part of the NPR series Jazz Alive. Christian McBride is your host for the festivities.

Sound Opinions wraps up 2019 with a special show Sunday night at 8:00. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will pick their best albums of the decade and remember the great musicians we lost in 2019.

Tune in for American Routes, Sunday at 5:00 and celebrate the New Year with live music from the French Quarter in New Orleans! The show will feature the Rebirth Brass Band, jazz with Leroy Jones and Ellis MarsalisLittle Freddie King's  country blues, funk from Jon Cleary and songs from Charmaine Neville

Join host Fiona Ritchie each Sunday at noon as she introduces listeners to Celtic influences in World and contemporary music. This week, some new tracks by  Coleen RaneyJimmyPowerThe Crooked Jades and more. Thistle and Shamrock is heard on 380 radio stations each week.

Jazz in the Afternoon with Chris Cooke and Mike Jacobs will begin the annual year in review series today at 1:00. Join us as Chris and Mike will spin some of their favorite recordings from 2019 through New Years Day. 

Renowned vocalist Marilyn Maye is a guest today on Jazz in the Afternoon with Chris Cooke. Maye will share stories from her legendary career and we will hear some of her classic recordings.

Maye is performing Friday evening in Omaha at 7:30 at the 1200 Club at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The show is presented by Omaha Performing Arts. For more information, you may visit

2019 is rapidly drawing to a close, so today on Blues in the Afternoon we dive deep one last time into an entire show devoted to new releases. Sugar Blue, Jeff Chaz and  Jack Mack & The Heart Attack are just some of the artists we will serve up today at 1:00!

NPR's special coverage of the House Impeachment Hearings will resume at approx. 2:30 PM. Audie Cornish anchors the coverage. You can link to the audio posted on our home page.

Today on Blues in the Afternoon, some new tracks by Joanna Connor, Dave Specter and Pat Smillie. Also, some classic cuts from Elmore James and John Lee Hooker and much more, Monday from 1:00-3:00 with host Mike Jacobs.

At the end of 1965, pianist McCoy Tyner left John Coltrane's group and ventured out to establish himself as a leader in his own right. Tonight on Night Lights , David Brent Johnson examines Tyner's period with Blue Note records in the 1960's . Night Lights can be heard Wednesdays at 8:00 PM.

Sarah Benck, lead vocalist with The Rex Granite Band, stopped by Blues in the Afternoon today to chat with host Mike Jacobs about the upcoming album from the band "Electric Combo". Here it is. Enjoy! Photos by Emily Chen-Newton.

Blues in the Afternoon will welcome Sarah Benck, lead vocalist of the Rex Granite Band Monday. Sarah joins us for conversation and some tracks from the new album, "Electric Combo". Blues in the Afternoon airs Mondays from 1:00-3:00.

Omaha native and Grammy Award nominated vocalist  Karrin Allyson will be a guest on today's Jazz in the Afternoon with Chris Cooke. The show airs from 1:00-3:00PM. Allyson joins Chris for conversation and some music from her two recent recordings, Shoulder to Shoulder and Some of That Sunshine. Allyson will also be appearing at The Jewell in Omaha Friday and Saturday for two shows each night at 6:30 and 8:30.

A link to NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are now on the bottom right of the KIOS home page! The Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate video performances live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

The Tiny Desk Concerts present an eclectic mix of artists and music from R&B rock, rap, country, folk, jazz, and much more. And there is an extensive archive of performances at your fingertips 24-7 whatever your musical taste!

On today's Blues in the Afternoon, we celebrate the 94th birthday of B.B. King. Also, some new recordings that are set for release on Friday September 20th by Samantha FishToronzo Cannon and Rick Estrin and The Nightcats.

Grammy nominated organist Pat Bianchi is the guest Friday on Jazz in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs. Bianchi will talk about his recent recording project, his early years learning music and his associations with some of the leading figures in jazz. Bianchi performs Wednesday September 18 at The Jewell in Omaha.

Chris Brubeck is tonight's guest at 8:00 on Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired. He will talk with Judy about his new CD, a celebration of the 60th anniversary of his father Dave Brubeck's State Department Tour.

We jumped ahead in the schedule by mistake a few weeks ago and missed the Brubeck interview, so we will have it for you tonight. Enjoy!

Jazz on the Green presented by Omaha Performing Arts welcomes Big Wade & The Black Swan Theory to the stage at 7:30 this Thursday night at Turner Park. The band mixes R&B, soul, funk and jazz and was founded in 2017 by frontman LeWade Millinar. 

Turner Park opens at 5:00 with local preshow entertainment at 6:30 PM by UNO Combo 1.

Tonight, Jazz on the Green at Turner Park presents. Paa Kow and his Afro-fusion Orchestra. The drummer and his band play a blend of jazz, funk and African pop. They will take the stage at 7:30.

Turner Park opens at 5:00 PM, with local preshow entertainment at 6:30 PM by the Blues Society of Omaha's BluesEd band The Redwoods.

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