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.


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.

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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.

One of NPR's most popular music programs produced in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands by award winning host Fiona Ritchie.


Gregg Allman was taken from us on May 27th of this year. While no longer physically here, he did leave us with one final gift - a new album, Southern Blood.

Omaha Performing Arts will present Jazz on the Green tonight at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. The  headliner is salsa band Hector Rosado y Su Orquesta Hache!

Two new voices will take over the hosting duties on the Jazz Network heard weeknights at 9:00PM beginning Tuesday June 13.

The Jazz Heritage Series featuring the United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note with special guests will air on three consecutive afternoons May 24-26 at 2 p.m.

Jazz From Studio one airs its final show of the season this Thursday night with a focus on jazz big bands and large ensembles


This month's edition of Jazz From Studio One honors Women's History Month with women of jazz past and present.

The Sixty-Eighth Annual Omaha Public Schools All-City Music Festival will air Sunday February 12th at 2:00 p.m.