John Bauer

Development Director

John has been listening to KAXE since the early days in 1976, and has worked as our Development Director since 1995. You can hear him on the Morning Show on Thursdays and Fridays. He is also the women’s basketball coach at Itasca Community College. John loves animals, golf, and complaining about the Minnesota Twins.

Ways to Connect

Deathtrap is a dark comedy coming to the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.  Auditions are tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday morning… We spoke with director Steve Jaeger about the play, what he’s looking for in terms of actors (5 actors – 1 mature female, 1 female aged mid 20s-mid 50s, 1 younger male – early to mid 20s, and 2 mature males), what auditions are like. Everyone is welcome to audition, with or without acting experience!

Steve also tells us about the excitement and thrill of directing and being in theater that keeps him coming back for more.   

We check in with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School every First Friday to find out what will be happening during the month.  From Chaga mushroom classes to beading to a walking theater production, there is a ton to get involved in this month in Ely! 

Every First Friday we discover what's going on in the arts scene around nothern Minnesota.  Today we spoke  with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Arts Center in Grand Rapids and we caught up with Jennifer Gorman from Itasca Life Options who stopped in to discusses Crafted, an exciting program dedicated to empowering and providing opportunities to people of all abilities. Crafted offers space for people with disabities to make and distribute their art.   

The Bonfire Chamber Music Festival has been bringing the heat of chamber music to venues all over Grand Rapids, MN this week.  We spoke about it on the morning show and had a blast! The concerts continue tonight and tomorrow night in Grand Rapids at the Reif Center!   

"Like in real life, you have the low points and the high points.  Their life had plenty of low points, but they always found the life in even the darkest of situations." - Luke Votava