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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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
6 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)
360 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
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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
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
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Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010

Latest Pieces

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
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Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5. This week's feature is pianist, Chris Lomheim.

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Minnesota Music Moment on KBEM FM 88.5 features Bryan Nichols, pianist.

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 1
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Minnesota Music Moment on KBEM FM 88.5 features bassist, Brian Roessler

Bought by KSRQ and KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 2
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Minnesota Music Moment from KBEM radio, features pianist Ben Siems.

Bought by KSRQ and WTIP


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 2
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show features the piano stylings of Willie the Lion Smith, as played by Butch Thompson.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 04:59
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench show looks at the piano styling of Jelly Role Morton

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 05:04