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)
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

Caption: Maddy Thies, Credit: Darin Kamnetz
Maddie Thies was born in Minnesota but spent many years in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been back for a long time, but one outcome of her travels is f...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maddie Thies, Credit: Darin Kamnetz
Maddie Thies was born in Minnesota but spent many years in Seoul, South Korea. She’s been back for a long time, but one outcome of her travels is f...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: American Roots Review , Credit: Raquel Mendez
The American Roots Revue next performance at…..Larry Long told Phil Nusbaum that The American Roots Revue grew from a project done with J.D. Steele...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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The Will Kjeer Group is a modern Jazz group, and includes elements of many styles in its playing. When Will spoke with Phil Nusbaum, Phil asked pia...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo
The Will Kjeer Quintet plays at KJ’s Hideaway in Saint Paul this Saturday Night March 19 starting at 9:30PM. It is a modern Jazz group, and include...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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: 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