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
22 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: Hounds of Finn, Credit: Crystal Liepa Photography
The Hounds of Finn plays this weekend at one of its established hot spots, Charlie’s irish Pub in Stillwater, 7:30-11:30 on Friday and Saturday. It...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Michael Hauser, Credit: LaCross Journal
Michael Hauser is a long-term Twin Cities flamenco guitarist. He is called to play by flamenco dance groups and he also plays for general audiences...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Irv Williams at the Dakota, Credit: http://www.dakotacooks.com/artist/irv-williams/
Irv Williams is 94 years old on Aug 17, On August 16, Irv plays his weekly gig at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Irv is a Twin Cities musical instituti...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The High 48s
We learn about the high 48's performance and jam camp at the MN Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in Richmond, MN. Show for Aug 5 - 9, 2013.

  • Added: Aug 07, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz Noir cast: Jack, Ezekiel, Avon and Kelly, Credit: Patrick Photography
For those who long for “the grand old days” of radio, Jazz88 KBEM has answered the call. Jazz Noir is a new original radio series complete with liv...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2013
  • Length: 57:21
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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'...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2013
  • Length: 01:03:14
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process an...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2013
  • Length: 01:01:22
Caption: South High School Jazz Band-director/Scott Carter with guest Irvin Mayfield
In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2013
  • Length: 57:52
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2012
  • Length: 58:44
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In the Spring of 2010, the South Jazz program was approached about hosting their own radio show on KBEM-FM, 88.5 FM. After discussion of process a...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2012
  • Length: 55:06