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
7 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)
420 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: Amy Vang, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Business professionals are helping high school students get started in business careers through an e-mentoring program. The program, through the Ta...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Monglon Tran, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Minneapolis Edison high school student Monglon Tran is a member of Edison's Art Club, which puts her in contact with a great variety of artistic me...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
From: KBEM
Series: What's Real
Caption: April Nelson, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
When you play high school volleyball, you have to learn the moves that make your team competitive. April Nelson tells us about it.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Simorra Jones, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
As you step up from one level of school to the next, there is added responsibility, Simorra Jones, a Minneapolis Edison high school student tells u...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Lee Mier, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Lee Mier is a student manager of the Minneapolis Edison girls basketball team. It was exciting to get to the championship game last year.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Kalia Xiong, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Minneapolis Edison student Kalia Xiong tells that there is a lot to like in Winter.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Gabriela Cabrera, Credit: Phil Nubsaum
Gabriela Aguilar, a student at Minneapolis Edison High School has been part of the Voyager program. The program gives students an introduction to t...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
From: KBEM
Series: What's Real
Caption: Peter Xiong, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Peter Xiong, a student at Minneapolis Edison High School, tells about the scarring verbal abuse causes. You don't see the scars, but they are there.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Sarah Griefnagen, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
If there is one thing that is on the minds of every high school student, it is getting into college. Sarah Griefnagen, a student at Minneapolis Edi...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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