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About Us

Real Voices, Real People
KAXE/KBXE is a different kind of radio. We tell the stories of people, places and events that make northern Minnesota special.

Whether helping you identify the birds at your feeder with our nature program Phenology or getting you up and dancing in your kitchen to a groovy song on New Music. KAXE/KBXE helps you learn about the world around you, laugh and meet neighbors and share ideas through thoughtful conversations.

Grassroot Beginnings
Founded in 1976 with enthusiasm and grit, KAXE has built a loyal audience of listeners that came to rely on the station for local and national news, home-made music programs, arts and culture, and information about weather, nature, and their communities.

Bringing northern Minnesota to You
Northern Community Radio is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates two unique community-based public radio stations, KAXE and KBXE. Serving most of north central and northeastern Minnesota with 100,000-watt signal origniating in Grand Rapids at 91.7fm, a 50,000-watt signal originating in Bagley at 90.5fm and translator in Brainerd at 89.9fm. Streaming all over the world on your smart device and at

Mission Statement
Northern Community Radio builds community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media.

 Station Location

KAXE Studio
260 NE 2nd St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
KBXE Studio
305 America Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Coverage Area
KAXE KBXE Coverage Map 2023
KAXE KBXE Coverage Map 2023
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