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

Ever first Friday of the month we connect with Betty First from the Ely Folk School. She educates us on the upcoming classes and workshops happening at the school.  Ceramics, blacksmithing, stained glass and ukranian eggs are all on the horizon.  The Folk School is always on the lookout for people who are interested in teaching classes.  Connect with Betty if you would like to share your expertise at the folk school!  

Serenity Barden

On the first Friday of every month we connect with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. She lets us know about the First Friday events, new exhibits and music around Grand Rapids.  March is National Youth Art Month and that will be celebrated around Grand Rapids.

Every First Friday we connect with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School to find out what classes are being offered at the folk school in the coming weeks.  Ely's Winter Festival started yesterday and continues thru February 15th.  Betty filled us in on many of the related activities such as the beardfest, the snow sculpture competition, the art walk and much more!  Click on the link to find out John coaxes Betty into singing for us on the morning show.


Every First Friday we connect with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids to find out what's new in the arts scene around town and what celebratory things are happening for the First Friday Arts Celebration.  The MacRostie Art Center has been getting a facelife for the past month.  Click on the link to find out what changes have been made and what is happening around Grand Rapids tonight! 

Delina White’s I Am Anishinaabe fashion designs have walked the runways of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the world-renowned Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And they will soon make their way to the Northwest Indian Community Development Center in Bemidji.

New York Times

Once in a great while there's a wheezy, whiskey-laugh, shaking the church pew kind of moment on KAXE/KBXE.  John Bauer just got back from a trip to Denmark and he clearly hasn't slept enough yet.  What's Heidi's excuse? 

All of our staff here are very passionate about our animals and we want what's best for them.  We want them to have happiness at the end of this. - Jennifer Lee, Babinski Foundation

"Every student is unique... I'm actually teaching a 61 year old saxophone player right now, who is a beginning saxophone player, and he is doing so great...if you're learning an instrument that's new to you, the first step is really exploring that instrument.

Every First Friday we connect with Betty Firth from the Ely Folk School.  She lets us in on the upcoming classes and events in Ely and at the Folk School.  This month is full of cool stuff... including a class today where you can learn how to make a fish leather wallet and later in month a class on bent willow chair making!  Go to the Ely Folk School website for a full listing of upcoming courses! 

Every First Friday of the month, we check in with Katie Marshall, Executive Director of the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids.