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.


Ozark Highlands Radio will make it's debut on KIOS on Sunday July 1 at 2:00 PM. The program features live music and interviews from the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mt. View, Arkansas. Also feature host segments with historians, authors and personalities explore the people, stories and history of the Ozark region.

River city Folk with Tom May will move to 1:00 from it's current  2:00 time slot July 1. The Folk Sampler with Mike Flynn will air it's final program June 24 at 1:00. Flynn announced his retitrement in April.

Join us Memorial Day at 1:00 for Blues in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs. An archive show from March 12, 2018 will be presented featuring new releases. 

Mike spins recent recordings from The Rex Granite Band Featuring Sarah Benck, Tinsley Ellis, Sue Foley, Jimi Hendrix and more!

Jazz in the Afternoon digs into the archive Wednesday and presents a show from Friday August 28, 2015 hosted by Mike Jacobs.

The show will feature some new music from that time period including Heads of State and the John Fedchock New York Big Band as well as some classic material from Ray Brown, Gil Evans and WesMontgomery.

Tuesday on Jazz in the Afternoon, Chris Cooke welcomes special guest trumpeter Arturo Sandoval for conversation about his latest tour "Dear Diz," a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. 

Join us Thursday night at 8:00 for Jazz From Studio One as we look back at some of the notable jazz recordings from 2008.

Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves and The Stryker/Slagle Band are a few of the artists we have lined up for the hour.

Evan Jaixen, a senior at Burke High School in Omaha and a student at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center will be your host. 

Chicago native John Hill will be taking over the hosting duties for the Jazz Network

weeknight shows beginning Monday April 2 at 9:00 PM. Hill will host Monday - Thursday

nights. Dee Alexander will  continue to host on Fridays.

Hill has over 35 years of Jazz radio experience working for commercial and public radio

stations as a host, producer and a Program and Music Director. Currently he is employed at

the News and Blues-formatted WNIJ at Northern Illinois University. And now he has a daily

Chris Cooke will present highlights of his interview with vocalist Rene Marie today on

Jazz in the Afternoon. Marie will appear Thursday night at the 1200 Club in the Omaha

Performing Arts Center. Jazz in the Afternoon airs today from 1:00-3:00 PM .

The full interview will be available as a podcast on our Jazz in the Afternoon page today

at 5:00.

Jazz From Studio One returns Thursday night at 8:00. We will turn back the clock 20 years for a program  featuring music from 1998 including selections from Geri Allen, Kurt Elling and Tom Harrell. 

Your host will be Alec, a senior from Omaha Central High School and a student at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center.

Jazz From Studio One will return Thursday night at 8:00. This month, a program

examining some of the notable recordings of 1958 including music from Miles Davis, 

Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Smith.

Your host will be Eleanor Dunning, a sophomore at Omaha North High School and

a student at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center.

Jazz in the Afternoon with Chris Cooke will welcome drummer Curly Martin to today's show.

Martin will talk about his upcoming show Friday at the Holland Performing Arts Center's

1200 Club.

Jazz in the Afternoon with Chris Cooke airs today from 1:00-3:00. KIOS streams online


Tune in Thursday to  Jazz in the Afternoon . Jazz pianist Billy Childs will be interviewed by host Chris Cooke. Music from Childs' latest recording "Rebirth" will also be featured. Jazz in the Afternoon airs from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Billy Childs will be performing with his group at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Friday.

We stream at


Mike Jacobs spins some of the notable recordings from 1998 New Years Day on Blues in the Afternoon at 1:00PM.

Blues, R&B and soul from 20 years ago will be heard in this two-hour time capsule that includes music from Shemekia Copeland, Otis Rush, Johnny Adams and Magic Slim & The Teardrops to name a few.

A New Years Eve NPR tradition since the 1970's, Toast of the Nation rings in 2018 with festive jazz you can party to with live performances from venues coast to coast. The fun begins Sunday night at 8:00. The show is hosted by Christian McBride. The lineup is below.

8:00: Best of NPR 's Jazz Tiny Desk Concerts

9:00: John Scofield's Uber Jam Band at Berklee, 2012 Encore

10:00:Dayme Arocena at The 2017 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

11:00:Terence Blanchard at The 2017 Tri City Jazz Festival in Cleveland

Here's my favorite blues discs of 2017. Local favorites Hector Anchondo and the Rex Granite Band featuring Sarah Benck made my list with two heavy duty recordings.

Artist / CD Title / Record Label

Hector Anchondo Band / Roll Of The Dice / Self Release

Rex Granite Band feat. Sarah Benck / Spirit Matter Truth Lies / Self Release

Selwyn Birchwood / Pick Your Poison / Alligator

Jim Allchin / Decisions / Sandy Key

Coco Montoya / Hard Truth / Alligator

John Mayall / Talk About That / Forty Below

Linsey Alexander / Two Cats / Delmark

This week we look back at some of our favorite jazz recordings of 2017 on Jazz In The Afternoon, Jazz Junction and Last Call. 

Tune in Christmas day for Blues in the Afternoon. Host Mike Jacobs has a full

program of Christmas blues and soul. Among the artists on the playlist are  Charles Brown,

B.B. King, Sharon Jones and Koko Taylor to name a few.

Join us tonight as NPR Music and the Kennedy Center present Jazz Piano Christmas 33 hosted by Felix Contreras. It's a special Mardi Gras themed concert featuring four acclaimed performers. Winner of the Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition Helen Sung and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen return to the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, along with Brazilian virtuoso Abelita Mateus and Cajun blues master Marcia Ball.