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.


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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Tonight's Jazz on the Green presented by Omaha Performing Arts will showcase The Original Pinettes Brass Band, an all-female ensemble from New Orleans. The group combines traditional New Orleans jazz with hip-hop.

The green will open at 5:00 for attendees with preshow entertainment at 6:30 by the Blues Society of Omaha's BluesEd band Us & Them.

KIOS is a media sponsor again this year for the series and we have a table on the south side of Turner Park so stop by and chat with us!

Big Sam's Funky Nation from New Orleans will open the 2019 Jazz on the Green series presented by Omaha Performing Arts at 7:30 Thursday night July 11 at Turner Park in Omaha. The green opens at 5:00 for seating.

KIOS is a media sponsor once again for the series and we will have a table on the south side of the park. Stop by and see us! For more information , please visit

Playing With Fire organizers Jeff Davis and Vanessa Marie will stop by today on Blues in the Afternoon and give us a preview of the Playing With Fire concert this Saturday July 13 at Midtown Crossing. The show features headliner Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado. Blues in the Afternoon airs from 1:00-3:00. 

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.

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.