Jim Bickal

Jim Bickal

Producer, Morning Edition
Minnesota Public Radio
jbickal@mpr.org

Jim Bickal is the senior producer for the regional broadcast of Morning Edition. He has been a producer with MPR News since 1996. He started working at Minnesota Public Radio in 1984, first as an intern, then as an assistant producer for Weekend Edition and finally as a reporter. From 1989 until 1996 he was a reporter and producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Bickal earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. While at Twin Cities Public Television, he was honored with a regional Emmy for reporting. In 2000, he was awarded the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Minnesota Public Radio's "Guinea Pig Kids" series. In 2001, he produced "The Rock Island Line: A Mighty Good Road" an hour-long documentary which traced the roots of an American folk song. In 2011, he produced a long-form documentary entitled "Boy From the North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota."

Jim Bickal Feature Archive

Joseph Surerus with Frannie
You are likely to encounter lots of animals at the Minnesota State Fair. One of them is a chicken named Frannie. (08/25/2014)
The Minnesota Twins play the White Sox in Chicago again today, hoping to win their first game of the year after losing the first two. The home opener is Monday at Target Field. The experts are predicting that the Twins will be one of the worst teams in the major leagues again this year, but Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal reports that there is something new to look forward to at the ballpark. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about it. It involves what you will see on the scoreboard. (04/03/2014)
The beginning of the baseball season is a special time for writer Steve Rushin. A lifelong baseball fan, Rushin grew up in Bloomington near the old Metropolitan Stadium and he's been a writer for Sports Illustrated for the last 25 years. His new book is a fun take on the game's history, which begins with some personal stories. (04/02/2014)
Trio Voronezh will be performing tonight on the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The trio, which takes it name from the Russian town where they are from, have fun with a wide variety of musical styles played on authentic Russian folk instruments. (11/11/2013)
In his one-man show coming to the State Theatre, Billy Crystal tells funny and often poignant stories about growing up just outside New York City in the 1950s and '60s. One subject that gets a lot of attention is Dixieland jazz -- a music scene in which his family played a big role. (10/16/2013)
Today is the 78th birthday of singer Jill Corey. Corey was well-known for singing American pop standards during the 1950s. She sang with the Percy Faith Orchestra and was a regular on one of Johnny Carson's first television shows. In 1953, she was featured on the cover of Life magazine and released her first single, "Minneapolis." It was written by Bob Hilliard and Minneapolis-native Sid Lippman. Jill Corey quit show business in 1961 after marrying Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Don Hoak in 1961. She re-started her career after Hoak died of a heart attack in 1969. (09/30/2013)
One of three St. Paul residents will get 1 million dollars to invest in an idea designed to revitalize the city. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the finalists about their ideas. (08/14/2013)
Company president and Tonal Director Michael Quimby told Morning Edition Jim Bickal that new and refurbished pipes are in place, as is the mechanism which draws air into the instrument. (06/28/2013)
New research from the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering shows how people can be trained to use their brainwaves to operate a remote controlled helicopter. (06/05/2013)
Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments. (05/30/2013)
A new movie about the Duluth-based band Low will premiere tonight at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. (04/12/2013)
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles are using an offensive play called the alley-oop as a key part of their offensive strategy. (03/29/2013)
The Minneapolis-based band Tango Pohjan Tahden plays Finnish-style tangos. The band has just released its debut CD. Morning Edition producer Jim Bickal talked with the band's leader violinist Sara Pajunen about the tango and its connection to Finland. (02/20/2013)
Bruce Forbes, an ordained United Methodist minister and professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, takes in "The Book of Mormon," now playing in Minneapolis, and offers his thoughts. (02/07/2013)
Madonna and Bob Dylan have come and gone. Now it's Bruce Springsteen's turn to play in St. Paul. (11/11/2012)