Twin Cities radio personality raises her voice for those with kidney disease


Michele Jansen’s voice is her instrument.

For decades, the Minneapolis resident has used her well-modulated and expressive voice to support herself and her family.

As general manager at Minneapolis jazz and traffic radio station KBEM (88.5 FM), Jansen, 59, regularly hosts on-air shifts. She’s also been a freelance audio artist, voicing commercials and narrating scores of projects, from technical reports for 3M to the audio tour at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Now she’s raising her voice in an effort to save her life and help others like her.

“I have the most common life-threatening genetic disease that no one knows about,” she said.

Jansen lives with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which causes cysts to grow in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure. For the past three years, she has been on dialysis and is at the top of the list for a kidney transplant. Continue reading

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