KBEM

StationAccount image
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

Series image
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
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
5 Pieces

Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Caption: Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
15 Pieces

Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5, each week highlighting a different Minnesota musician.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
338 Pieces

Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015
Caption: Arne Fogel, Credit: John Whiting
65 Pieces

Minnesota Voices-Certain Standards Minnesota Vocalists perform new renditions of the Great American Songbook. Arne Fogel-Host

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
Series image
2 Pieces

In a world and time of differences, music has the power to bring us together, to unite us through a shared experience. Music knows no boundaries. It transcends that which keeps us apart. Join Jazz88 for an evening of discovery with Music Without Borders.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2019
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo performing with Lyz Jaakola, Credit: Andrea Canter
18 Pieces

Native flute player Bobb Fantauzzo illuminates the contributions made by jazz musicians with Native American heritage.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016
Series image
4 Pieces

Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
Caption: PRX default Series image
0 Pieces

Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010

Latest Pieces

Caption: Connie Evingson, Credit: Travis Anderson
Minneapolis singer Connie Evingson sings in many styles, including string jazz. When Connie spoke with Phil Nusbaum, she related why she loves this...

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Connie Evingson, Credit: Travis Anderson
Multi-faceted Minneapolis singer Connie Evingson shows her string jazz side in two performances this week with Patty and the Buttons. The group pla...

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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
Caption: Jazz 88 logo 2022
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
Caption: Jazz 88 logo 2022
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
Piece image
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