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.

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20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016
Caption: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsen
20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities guitar player and educator, interviews Minnesota jazz artists.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 27, 2016
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13 Pieces

Minneapolis Public School teachers talk with Kevin O'Connor about their accomplishments.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
30 Pieces

During his 60-plus years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
13 Pieces

Minnesota jazz broadcasting legend Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
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636 Pieces

5 to 8-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2019
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0 Pieces

Viva City, Festival of the Arts, was initiated thirteen years ago as a way to showcase arts education in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In this pod cast, we feature the musical portion of Viva City from the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minneapolis.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 29, 2011
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31 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students comment on Minnesota Arts, Culture and History

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2011

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Caption: Breanna Koger (l) and Jazzmin Keys, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
High School is not an easy time of life. Minneapolis Edison students Breanna Koger and Jazzmin Keys collaborate to tell the world about it.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Jesse Clabo, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
At Minneapolis Edison High School, the football coach places a lot of defensive responsibility on the linebackers. And that suits student Jesse Cla...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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Minneapolis high school student tells about the rigors of senior year.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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The high school student poet argues against the idea that Somali women are oppressed.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Chee Vue, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
In this poem, a Minneapolis high school student finds a lot of value in walks home when it is cold outside.

Bought by WTIP


  • Added: Jan 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Emo, short for emotional is a type of dress and lifestyle currently available to High School kids. The piece tells about emo kids.

  • Added: Jan 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
From: KBEM
Series: What's Real
Caption: Mary Cheng, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Candy is a focus of high school kids' diets. But is there a new preference emerging?

  • Added: Jan 29, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Sami Pineda, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
It's strenuous and requires teamwork and committment, so this cheerleader claims cheer leading as a sport.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5. This week's feature is Patrick Harison, accordionist.

Bought by KSRQ, KFAI Minneapolis, WTIP, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 4
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Minnesota Music Moment features vocalist, Connie Evingson.

Bought by KSRQ, WTIP, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 3