Sarah Bignall

Director of Operations

If you need to know the words to a particular song ask Sarah Bignall, the Director of Operations for Northern Community Radio.  She claims to know the words to all songs played on KAXE/KBXE.  Sarah is deeply involved with the day to day operation of the station assuring that things run efficiently and effectively.  She brings a particularly impressive expertise in marketing and graphic design to the job.  Sarah grew up in Grand Rapids and continues to live there with her husband and their two children…well…three if you include her favorite, the one with four legs.  Sarah is the go to person when you need a straight direct answer or opinion.  She continues to work to perfect  her “indoor voice”.

Ways to Connect

During the Friday Morning Show, John Bauer and Heidi Holtan spoke with Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, Matt Massman.  As Commissioner, Matt Massman leads dozens of administrative serves service divisions including the department that is overseeing the Minnesota State Capitol 2017 Grand Opening. 

KAXE  will be off- air on Sunday, July 30th in the afternoon for some routine maintenance on the tower. 

During the outage, the online stream will still be available at

Summer Reading Recommendations

Jun 27, 2017

Need recommendations for our Summer “Read for the Cycle” Challenge? Here’s what our community of readers recommend! Also check out the results of our Winter Reading Challenge for more recommendations:

The Mississippi River Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, July 14th & 15th at the KAXE amphitheater in Grand Rapids. This year’s lineup is OUTSTANDING and will be a great mix of blues, folk, rock and world music.


Har Mar Superstar (Friday 8pm) - Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superstar) is an American songwriter / performer who makes R&B / Pop / Soul music. What started as a one-man show in 1999 has grown into a full band revue. Often noted as a premier live act, Tillmann works the crowd and earns his keep with sweat equity.

Food Trucks Wanted

Mar 1, 2017

It's hard to believe but spring is right around the corner and we are gearing up for some great events this coming spring and summer.  No event is complete without great food! So, we are putting out a call to all food trucks and food vendors who would be interested in participating in the following events:


April 22, 2017 noon-5pm @ Rail River Folk School - Bemidji


July 14 & 15, 2017 - @ KAXE Studios - Grand Rapids