KBEM

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Recognized as the Twin Cities’ public radio voice for jazz and education, KBEM is a program of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Approximately 150 students annually participate in KBEM’s hands-on educational program, which focuses on all aspects of broadcasting and production. Students who develop their skills and select broadcasting experience can gain significant on-air time. The station is on-air 24/7 with 35 hours of student programming each week, with live professional announcers and pre-recorded, syndicated programming filling out the rest of the schedule. KBEM is the only station in the Twin Cities market which offers a jazz format and officially provides MN-DOT traffic reports.

KBEM was initially established at Minneapolis Vocational High School in the 1960s. The station was moved to North High School in 1983 as a part of the District’s desegregation initiative and it continues to reside there today. The vast majority of KBEM students attend North High School.

Series

Caption: Acme Big Band
1 Piece

This progam features Minnesota Big Bands, including the Nova Big Band, the Acme Big Band and the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band personalities are presented occasionally.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2010
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3 Pieces

Minneapolis high school students script and read 60-second pieces based on research into important figures in African American history.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2010
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4 Pieces

"Classic Jazz MN" is a series exploring Minnesota's classic jazz roots. The series includes shows on Doc Evans, Doc Evans at the Walker Art Center, Preservation Hall Era and the Emporium of Jazz. Written and produced by Butch Thompson. Co-produced by Todd Melby.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2011
Caption: Jazz At MPS with Josh Jones and the Dynamics
19 Pieces

Jazz music from students in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2013
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
6 Pieces

Jazz at South High features music from past and present South High Jazz Ensembles and brand new recordings by the South High Jazz Combo. Each week's show will feature never before heard performances of the South High Jazz Combo that are recorded at South High.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
4 Pieces

The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2010
Caption: Butch at the Steinway, Credit: Ross Ayoka
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson hosts this program that features original jazz recordings and the occasional live performance.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2011
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1 Piece

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2018
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62 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014
Caption: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
9 Pieces

Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014

Latest Pieces

Caption: Tim Sparks and James Buckley CD cover art, Credit: James Tallala
Guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley. It’s a duet that adds to the legacies of the great songs they play. Phil Nusbaum talked to Tim and ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers is a Minneapolis-based Cajun music band that has been entertaining dancers and listeners for decades. Phil Nusbaum talke...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: New Riverside Ramblers, Credit: Benny Moreno
The New Riverside Ramblers is a Minneapolis-based Cajun music band that has been around for decades. You can catch the band at Vieux Carre this Sat...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Sparks and Buckley Cover art, Credit: James Tallala
Guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley celebrate their 3-year partnership with a CD release event at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Thursday ...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Salsa del Soul, Credit: Lisa K Hyatt Photography
Salsa is where virtuosic music meets great dancing. Shai Hayo plays timbales and leads this Minneapolis/Saint Paul-based band. He spoke with Phil N...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Salsa del Soul, Credit: Lisa K Hyatt Photography
Salsa is where virtuosic music meets great dancing. Salsa del Soul performs frequently around the Tin Cities, including Saturday Jan 19 at the Medi...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mary Bue, Credit: Angelica Engel
Mary Bue’s songs focus on lived experience, which is one reason her shows are so compelling. When Mary got together with Phil Nusbaum, the talk tur...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mary Bue, Credit: Angelica Engel
Mary Bue sings her songs this and every Thursday in January at Café 318 in Excelsior. By the way, Mary is on January Sundays at 5 at the Aster in M...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Common Ground Company, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The Minneapolis-based Common Ground Company is part of the new wave of bluegrass bands. In this report, Phil Nusbaum talks with Jorgan Wadkins and ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Common Ground Company, Credit: Tim McG Photography
The Minneapolis-based Common Ground Company is part of the new wave of bluegrass bands. And you can catch them this Tuesday, and every Tuesday in J...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 08:00