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: Minnesota Jazz Legends at Crooners Supper Club
Join Patty Peterson with this one hour radio documentary in honoring some of Minnesota's jazz pioneers: big band leader and educator, Dr. Steve Wr...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 57:30
Caption: Jazz 88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Theater Latté Da and Crooner’s Lounge in Fridley stage Twelve Angry Women, Thursday through Saturday July 7 through 9 at 8PM. 12 Angry Women promi...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Bad Posture Club, Credit: Nic Lafrance
Three String Bands that play with originality come to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis this Thursday at 7:30. The three are The Bad Posture...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Courtney, Credit: Tera Girardin
Courtney Burton and Court’s In Session performs this and every Monday July 11 at the Chart house in Lakeville at 6:30. When Courtney and Phil Nusba...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: 2022 Crooner's Poster, Credit: Linda Koutsky
Pop Wagner and Charlie Maguire are folk singers inspired by Woody Guthrie, the prolific songwriter who chronicled the Great Depression and the Dust...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Leslie Vincent, Credit: Jessica Holleque
When Leslie Vincent sings, it’s not only the song, but the audience. Leslie’s show centered on Amy Winehouse and Carole King is set for 7PM, Thursd...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD cover art, Credit: Al Fack
There are many who compose original music, but little of it breaks through to audiences. The Minnesota Original Music Festival means to change all ...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the inner workings of the partnership between the MN Department of Transportation and Jazz88 ...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:12
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we talk to Station Manager Dan Larkin about his time in radio and at Jazz88 and his role in trying to grow the ...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:10
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look the effects of Covid 19 on Jazz88 and how to keep a radio station up and running during a pandem...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 04:28