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.


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!

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.