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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5 Pieces

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: Hula Peppers, Credit: Elizabeth Rowan
The Hula Peppers plays an original blend of music styles from a mix of traditions predating 1939. Gary Powell is an original Hula Pepper, and he to...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Hula Peppers, Credit: Elizabeth Rowan
The Hula Peppers plays music from a mix of traditions, and all of it predates 1939. Catch the group at the Schooner Tavern in south Minneapolis, We...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kashimana is a Minneapolis musician who experienced things during pregnancy and childbirth that she just had to write songs about. Her project is c...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Yungerberg
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is coming. The festival is hosted by Crooner’s in Columbia Heights, 2-7:30PM on Sunday March 31, and Jazz festival ac...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Boiled in Lead, Credit: Susan Esbjornson
When you think of Independent twin cities Bands, you have to think of Boiled in Lead. The group’s thirty-plus history includes Celtic Music, rock, ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Boiled in Lead, Credit: Susan Esbjornson
When you think of Independent twin cities Bands, you have to think of Boiled in Lead. The group’s history includes Celtic Music, rock, Eastern Euro...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Reuben Ristrom, Credit: Travis Anderson
Reuben and Dan Ristrom form a father-son act featuring great songs from the Great American Songbook. Phil Nusbaum caught up with Reuben a short tim...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Reuben Ristrom, Credit: Travis Anderson
Reuben and Dan Ristrom form a father-son act. And you can catch the duet 6-7:30 at Crooner’s, Wed. March 27 from 6-7:30. Phil Nusbaum caught up wit...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Matthew Mehaffey with Phil Nusbaum, Credit: Connie Shaver
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota exists to dynamic and diverse choral music performed with skill and passion. On April 13 at St mark’s Episcopal C...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 07:58
Caption: Red Planet, Credit: Andrea Canter
Dean Magraw’s Red Planet, Dean on the guitar, Chris Bates on the bass and Jay Epstein is the drummer. The group also expands to include others such...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 08:00