KIOS-FM

Blues in the Afternoon with Mike Jacobs

Mondays, 1pm - 3pm

Mike Jacobs has hosted Blues in the Afternoon on KIOS-FM since its inception on October 4, 1994. Since that time, he has produced more than 500 shows and featured more than 8,000 songs.

The theme music at the beginning of the program, "Juke" by Little Walter, has become a familiar introduction to the weekly show.

Mike Jacobs  became interested in Blues when he was a student at Technical High School, which is where the KIOS studios are now located. 

His interest in the music of Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones led him to the Blues artists who inspired them and a deeper appreciation and understanding of the genre.

He honed his broadcasting skills as a student of the broadcasting program at Tech and was a member of its last graduating class(1984). Jacobs went on to study broacasting at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he produced a Friday afternoon Blues program at the student run-station KBLZ.  In addition to working at KIOS-FM, Jacobs has also worked at several Omaha area commercial radio stations as on-air talent. 

Jacobs says his favorite Blues song is Robert Johnson's Hell Hound on My Tail.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.JOHNNY RAWLS / TIGER IN A CAGE / CATFOOD

2.TORONZO CANNON / THE CHICAGO WAY / ALLIGATOR

3.R.B STONE / SOME CALL IT FREEDOM  / MIDDLE MOUNTAIN

4.BENNY TURNER / WHEN SHE'S GONE / NOLA BLUE

5.TOMMY Z / BLIZZARD OF BLUES / SOUTH BLOSSOM

6.TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND / LET ME GET BY / FANTASY

7.BOB MARGOLIN / MY ROAD / STEADY ROLLIN'

8.JOYANN PARKER & SWEET TEA / ON THE ROCKS / SELF

9.ANNI PIPER / MORE GUITARS THAN FRIENDS / SUGAR DADDY

Note: NPR's audio for First Listens comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.


Record-making is typically not a spectator sport.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.JIMMY BURNS / IT AIN'T RIGHT / DELMARK

2.FIONA BOYES / BOX & DICE / REFERENCE

3.TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS / METHOD TO MY MADNESS / ALLIGATOR

4.DANIELLE NICOLE / WOLF DEN / CONCORD MUSIC

5.SHEMEKIA COPELAND / OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE / ALLIGATOR

6.ZORA YOUNG & LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES / FRIDAY NIGHT / ELROB

7.LAURA RAIN & THE CEASARS / GOLD / LRC

8.JOE LOUIS WALKER / EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE / PROVOGUE

9.ROBERT CRAY BAND / 4 NIGHTS OF 40 YEARS / PROVOGUE

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

1.RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS / FATHER'S DAY / STONY PLAIN

2.SAMANTHA FISH / WILD HEART / RUF

3.THE BETTY FOX BAND / SLOW BURN / SELF

4.JOHN PRIMER / MUDDY WATERS 100 / RAISIN' MUSIC

5.JOHN GINTY / NO FILTER / AMERICAN SHOWPLACE

6.ALBERT CUMMINGS / SOMEONE LIKE YOU / BLIND PIG

7.SONNY LANDRETH / BOUND BY THE BLUES / PROVOGUE

8.DAVID MICHAEL MILLER / SAME SOIL / SELF

9.BEY PAULE BAND / NOT GOIN' AWAY / BLUE DOT

10.THE LUCKY LOSERS / A WINNING HAND / WEST TONE

KIOS BLUES CHART: MAY 2015

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KIOS will air a one-hour documentary Sunday night, November 2  at 7:00PM which
chronicles the recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 that
became known as "The Basement Tapes". The program will feature the
music and stories behind one of the most significant moments in pop
culture in the last 50 years.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL
1.JOHNNY WINTER / STEP BACK / MEGAFORCE
2.MARCIA BALL / THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN / ALLIGATOR
3.MISSISSIPPI HEAT / WARNING SHOT / DELMARK
4.ROB STONE / GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN' / MARQUEE
5.GRADY CHAMPION / BOOTLEG WHISKEY / MALACO
6.ELVIN BISHOP / CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT / ALLIGATOR
7.BIG HARP GEORGE / CHROMATICISM / BLUES MOUNTAIN
8.MISSY ANDERSEN / IN THE MOMENT / MAIN SQUEEZE
9.ETTA BRITT / ETTA DOES DELBERT / BRITTUNES
10.JP SOARS / FULL MOON NIGHT IN MEMPHIS / SOARS HIGH

KIOS BLUES CHART AUGUST 2014

Sep 1, 2014

KIOS BLUES CHART
AUGUST  2014

KIOS BLUES CHART JULY 2014

Aug 3, 2014

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

Playing With Fire, Omaha’s sizzling, free summer concert tradition, will take place this year at an  expansive, new venue: seven-acre Turner Park with its iconic Pavilion and permanent stage. A free concert experience, open to the public, Playing with Fire’s 2014 schedule will play out over the course of two Thursday nights: June 26 and July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.

June 26:
Opening act: Hector Anchondo
Supporting act: Ben Poole
Headliner: Jonas & the Massive Attraction

Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else-music and family. Often, those two combined, but Roy's sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy's boys completed it as his backup band.

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