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
19 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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13 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: The Lost Forty, Credit: Natalie Jennings
In the 1840s and 1850s, many men who emigrated from Ireland to Minnesota went to work as lumberjacks in the booming logging industry. They brought ...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Aida Shahghasemi composes Multi-Layered, and she is proving that you don’t have to understand Pharisee to enjoy her work. In her native iran, Aida ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2022
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Aida Shahghasemi composes Multi-Layered Songs, and she is proving that you don’t have to understand Pharisee to enjoy her work. She plays and sings...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2022
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Craig Clark, Credit: Neil Schloner
There are so many kinds of blues that if you play and sing the blues, you have to find you niche in the field. The Craig Clark band, based in Minne...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Craig Clark, Credit: Neil Schloner
Craig Clark, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, leads his blues band into KJs Hideaway in Saint Paul this Friday night March 11. Craig’s ban...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Ginger Commodore, Credit: Tom Wallace
Ginger and Bobby Commodore’s birthdays are celebrated a calendar week apart. So the couple’s birthday celebration at the Dakota promises to be a re...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Robb Henry, Credit: Paul Lundgren
Veteran Twin Cities guitarist Robb Henry used the time during the Covid pandemic to both dig into his archives and create some new lines. The resul...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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Barbaro and Sprig of That are two bands from Minneapolis with completely different progressive bluegrass missions. They share the Icehouse stage Fr...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Ricky, Linda, Paul and Patty, members of Minnesota’s Peterson jazz family provide a scholarship to study jazz performance at the University of Minn...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Robert Lehman, Credit: Robert Lehman
The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and the Jerome Foundation partner each year to present the Cedar Commission, two nights of performances fe...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2022
  • Length: 08:00