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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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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31 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: Raycurt Johnson, Credit: Rachel Luhrs Austin
The First Annual Solidarity Harvest features local artists who met at the crossroads that became known as George Floyd Square. They congregated out...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Iranian Culture Festival, Credit: Ensi Hohammed
The 2022 Twin Cities Iranian Culture Festival takes place this Friday through Sunday at Squirrel Haus in Minneapolis. It presents music and other a...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Nick Freeman as Buddy Holly, Credit: Scott Pakudaitis
It’s both a bio about a pop music icon and a rock and roll concert. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story runs all October at the Minnesota History Theatre,...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Courtney Burton, Credit: Tera Girardin
Courtney Burton’s Court’s In Session presents George and ira Gershwin’s Love songs Sunday September 25, 7 till 8:30 pm. It’s part of Chart House Li...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Daina de Prez calls herself a piano entertainer, and that’s what she does. Sure, she plays with groups, too, but her main focus is singing and play...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Daina de Prez calls herself a piano entertainer, and that’s what she does. Sure, she plays with groups, too, but her main focus is singing and play...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Prudence Johnson, Credit: Ann Marsden
The death of Peter Ostroushko on February 24, 2021 left a void in Minnesota. This coming Monday, many of Peter’s friends and musical partners from ...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Charlie Maguire has been writing songs he sings in performances for a half century. He specializes in songs about working people and their work. Wh...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charlie Maguire, Credit: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Charlie Maguire has been writing songs he sings in performances for a half century. He specializes in songs about working people and their work. Th...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jonatha Brooke and Lin Arons, Credit: Lin Knott
The Cello Songs Project presents a unique musical synthesis involving composition, arranging and seeking new musical directions. Rebecca Arons, the...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2022
  • Length: 08:00