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.


The Jazz Network will debut a new host Friday July 5th on KIOS-FM.

Leslie Keros will take over the Friday night slot from 9:00 PM-1:00 AM.

Keros is a Detroit native and has been hosting music programs for nearly 20 years.

She currently hosts jazz and blues programs at WDCB in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

The Jazz Network originates from WFMT in Chicago weeknights at 9:00. 

The Jazz Network will debut a new host Friday July 5th on KIOS-FM. Leslie Keros will

take over the Friday night slot from 9:00 PM-1:00 AM.

Keros is a Detroit native and has been hosting music programs for nearly 20 years. She

currently hosts jazz and blues programs at WDCB in Glen Ellyn, Illinois just west of Chicago.

The Jazz Network originates from WFMT in Chicago weeknights at 9:00. John Hill hosts

Monday through Thursday.

Saxophonist Joel Frahm will stop by our studio to today at 1:00 for music and conversation with Chris Cooke on Jazz in the Afternoon. Frahm is performing tonight at The Jewell in Omaha.

Sunday night at 9:00 Mundo Latino celebrates Cinco De Mayo 2019 with a show titled "Mexican Songstresses". The show will feature music from Carla Morrison, Diana Gamero and Carrie Rodriguez.

We honor the musical legacy and birthday (April 29, 1899) of Duke Ellington today from 1:00-3:00 on Jazz in the Aftternoon. From 1927 when Ellington scored his first hit through 1968, it's a celebration of a musical legacy second to none in jazz history. 

Saturday night at 11:00 on Last Call Chris Cooke will wrap up Jazz Appreciation Month spinning selections from the groundbreaking Miles Davis album Bitches Brew from 1970. Considered a revolutionary recording in jazz-rock-fusion, it features Davis backed by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and more.

We kick off our pledge drive today at KIOS and ask you to lend your financial support the programs you love most. Whether it's thought provoking stories from NPR,  an in-depth interview by Terry Gross on Fresh Air, or the diverse musical offerings we bring your way, KIOS is your source for news, entertainment and a vital link to your community. Your investment will help keep KIOS strong into the future. Go to "Donate Now" on our web page. Thank You!!

Can YOU answer the call? KIOS is looking for a few more volunteers for our Spring Pledge Drive April 9-13.

If you are a morning person, GREAT! If you can come in for an hour or so after work, wonderful. We are close to filling all spots to answer phones but can use your help. Contact: and let them know.

On today's Commonwealth Club of California at noon, the guest is Emily Chang, author of  Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boy's Club of Silicon Valley. The book made headlines in 2018, further opening up the conversation around discrimination, sexual harassment and toxic work environments taking place across industries and in Silicon Valley.

Tonight at 8:00 host David Brent Johnson will play selections from the recently issued Savory Collection, previously unreleased late 1930s and early '40s broadcasts from Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Count Basie and other jazz greats. The collection was created by engineer Bill Savory who recorded a tresure chest of live performances from the radio. 

Night Lights is a weekly jazz program covering the people and events in jazz history from 1945-1990. It originates from WFIU at Indiana University. Our live stream is at

April is "Jazz Appreciation Month" , a campaign by the Smitsonian Institution to promote the artform of  jazz through concerts, education, exhibits, and special broadcasts though various media to foster an appreciation of this great American  music.

KIOS will be doing it's part through the month to highlight famous musicians birthdays, classic tracks, a focus on 1959, called by many scholars the greatest year in jazz. Chris Cooke will also have tracks from classic fusion albums in history on his Saturday night Last Call program.

We will dig into the archive Monday at 1:00 to bring you a show that originally aired on February 15, 2016. It features the newly released disc, "Tiger in a Cage" by Johnny Rawls, a look back at some soul music from 1966, and a birthday salute to Kokomo Arnold.

KIOS-FM will air NPR's live coverage of President Trump's State of the Union Address tonight at 8:00. The Democratic response and analysis will follow. Coverage will conclude at 10:00 and we will join Jazz with John Hill.

Last Call will celebrate it's 23rd anniversary Saturday night at 11:00 here on KIOS-FM. Host Chris Cooke began the late night musical odyssey in January 1996 and is still going strong after 1,196 shows!

Each week Chris presents the best in fusion and avant-garde jazz from classics to new releases. This week, to celebrate Last Call's birthday, he delves into some music from Weather Report, David Liebman and a new release by the Gil Evans Orchestra. Join us!

KIOS celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday January 21 at noon with King's Last March, a one-hour documentary.

The program traces the final year of King's life and the personal, psychological and philosophical challenges he faced. King's stance against the Vietnam War, fending off critics inside and outside the civil rights movement and his efforts to gain support for his Poor People's Campaign are examined and offer a complex view of a man during a period that has not been the focus of significant public attention in recent years.

Join host Judy Carmichael tonight at 8:00 on Jazz Inspired as she welcomes guitarist Duke Robillard for part 1 of a two-part interview. 

Robillard's  blues playing and singing have been honored with numerous awards, including a Grammy nomination. Duke is also a fan and swinging exponent of early jazz, which he celebrates on his latest CD, Duke Robillard and His Dames of Rhythm which features vocalists Sunny Crownover, Cat Russell, Maria Muldaur and Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern.

Jazz Inspired with Judy Carmichael makes it's debut tonight at 8:00. Each week, host Judy Carmichael welcomes guests to discuss their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work.

Tonight, Judy talks with Robert Redford about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model and how improvisation is a key to his creative process.

The Fall Pledge Drive has begun! It's that time where we ask you to keep KIOS strong by helping pay for the programming you enjoy all year long. If you need to renew your membership , or become a new member at whatever level you wish, you can do so here on our home page. Just hit the red "Donate"button. Thank you for your support!