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
5 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)
341 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

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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the student radio program and how it has changed. And we hear about plans for the future. Mad...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2022
  • Length: 05:53
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
One of Jeff Perry’s specialties is giving Jazz spins to pop music. Audiences get a big kick out of both the excellence of Jeff’s group, and also fi...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
One of Jeff Perry’s specialties is giving Jazz spins to pop music. Audiences get a big kick out of both the excellence of Jeff’s group, and also fi...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bruce Henry, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Bruce Henry has dual careers: He is a singer and an educator. Bruce created a syllabus on the history of African American music, and used it as a b...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Piano player Ethan Iverson, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Kevin Washington play a version of Jazz that is both grounded and free. Kevin expanded ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Pianist Ethan Iverson Joins bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Kevin Washington for an evening of Jazz that is both grounded and free. The show is at ...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Duniya Drum and Dance is bringing back Fakoly as a yearly Twin Cities African drum and dance community event. It’ll be held Friday – Sunday June 17...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Musicians for Ukraine logo, Credit: Lena Cooley
After Ukraine was attacked by Russia, local musicians and venues reached out to Natalie Nowatski about doing something to help the Ukrainian people...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Fellow Pynins, Credit: Beehive Productions
Dani Aubert and Ian George, known as Fellow Pynins, has a new CD called Lady Mondegreen. On the CD, Fellow Pynins sing and play re-imagined traditi...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Honeybutter, Credit:  Nic Lafrance
Honeybutter is a Twin Cities folk-jazz-bossa-nova-pop band. It’s eclectic because its members, Clara Wicklund, Andreas Fenner and Zak Khan come fro...

  • Added: May 30, 2022
  • Length: 08:00