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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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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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

Caption: Lady J Griot, Credit: KFAI publicity shot
The Selby Avenue Jazz Fest: a local institution with great local acts and a national one, community activities, and a location for teaching about A...

Bought by KSRQ

  • Added: Sep 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Join Ester Swanson on Jazz at MPS with music from Minneapolis Southwest High School.

Bought by KSRQ

  • Added: Sep 05, 2013
  • Length: 58:20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Credit: Ron Colby
The Middle Spunk Creek Boys bluegrass group has been around since 1968, The group created the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival in Minneapolis' Mi...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2013
  • Length: 05:00
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...

Bought by KVSC

  • 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