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.


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.

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.