To say Phil Collins was a friend to KAXE is an understatement. Phil was a friend to all that heard him on the airwaves of KAXE - whether it was his maple syrup report from Pengilly, his Harry Potter trivia questions from his grandchildren on Green Cheese or his stories of his life on Between You and Me, Phil was a part of this community we call home.
Behind the scenes of KAXE Phil was a board member and a volunteer at almost all the KAXE functions. We could always count on Phil and his daughter Beth to set up the Maple Syrup cotton candy and Maple Syrup popcorn stand when we needed it. And, Phil Collins was a damn good drummer for his former band Genesis.
Phil's funeral will be held Wednesday September 5th at 2pm at the Peterson Funeral Home in Coleraine, with visitation 1 hour before. Phil's family has asked that memorials to go to KAXE, Boy/Girl Scouts, or your favorite charity. Call KAXE if you need more information, 218-326-1234.
Life at KAXE won't be the same without Phil, we miss him already and send our condolences to his family. We'd love to have you post your memories or stories of Phil here in the days and weeks to come as we celebrate Phil Collins.
The Morning Show at KAXE mixes local programming that reflects Northern Minnesota with National Public Radio's Morning Edition every weekday morning between 6-9, CST.
KAXE is an independent, nonprofit community-based public radio station serving most of north central and northeastern Minnesota with a 100,000-watt signal originating in Grand Rapids at 91.7 FM. Northern Community Radio also operates translators in Brainerd at 89.9FM and in Bemidji at 105.3 FM. Listen online at www.kaxe.org.