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

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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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12 Pieces

Long-form interviews and performances by Minnesota musicians

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

Junctions & Sidetracks, the story behind the creation of Empire Builder a musical about a time traveling train. Conversations about family, history, race and forgiveness. Music by George Mauer. Libretto by Ann Bertram. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2019
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13 Pieces

From humble beginnings in 1970, KBEM-FM has become the most powerful and longest-lasting radio station owned by a Minnesota school district, and one of the nation’s leading broadcast voices for jazz. Explore the people, places and events that have shaped KBEM’s first 50 years in this audio series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 02, 2022

Latest Pieces

Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Amy Wightkin
Performing New Orleans jazz means playing from a catalog of thousands of songs spanning at least a hundred years. But the new Southside Aces record...

  • Added: May 24, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Amy Wightkin
The Southside Aces celebrates its new CD June 3 at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Performing New Orleans jazz means playing from a catalog of thousands...

  • Added: May 24, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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Out of the Box Opera Company Does Immersive Opera. This is opera staged in all kinds of spaces people congregate. It has done Verdi’s La Traviata i...

  • Added: May 21, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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Verdi’s La Traviata will be performed at the Canopy Hotel in Minneapolis Fri-Sunday May 27 through 29. But it’s not set on a typical opera stage, b...

  • Added: May 21, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Alicia Thao, Credit: Nancy Wong
Being awarded a prestigious Cedar Commission to create new songs was validating for 20-something Alicia Thao. But in truth she’s been honing her cr...

  • Added: May 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Carolyne Naomi, Credit: Kelechi Uchegbu
Minnesota Afro R & B singer Carolyne Naomi was born in Nigeria and sings in English and Yoruba. She writes her songs, which frequently deal with re...

  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Carolyne Naomi, Credit: Kelechi Uchegbu
Carolyne Naomi brings her Afro R and B to the Inver Glen library in Grove Heights, this Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. Carolyne was born in Nigeria an...

  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the process of moving a community radio station into the 21st century. Made possible by the M...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 02:26
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from Steve Genrich about his time in the student broadcasting program in the 1970's and what his time a...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 06:24
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from former station manager Michele Jansen about her experience with live events and fundraising for a ...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 05:33