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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20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities musician and educator, has conversations with prominent Minnesota jazz musicians.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016
Caption: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsen
20 Pieces

Joan Griffith, Twin Cities guitar player and educator, interviews Minnesota jazz artists.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 27, 2016
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13 Pieces

Minneapolis Public School teachers talk with Kevin O'Connor about their accomplishments.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
30 Pieces

During his 60-plus years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
13 Pieces

Minnesota jazz broadcasting legend Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including some of jazz's illustrious figures. Now, these treasures have been lovingly preserved and edited into a new series of broadcasts, The Jazz Image: Special Edition. These recordings preserve priceless conversation Leigh Kamman had with such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Stan Kenton. In his ninth decade, Kamman adds fresh commentary to round out these 5 minute broadcasts, 13 in all in this series.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
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626 Pieces

5 to 8-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2019
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0 Pieces

Viva City, Festival of the Arts, was initiated thirteen years ago as a way to showcase arts education in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In this pod cast, we feature the musical portion of Viva City from the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minneapolis.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 29, 2011
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31 Pieces

Minneapolis High School Students comment on Minnesota Arts, Culture and History

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2011

Latest Pieces

Caption: Alicia Thao, Credit: Nancy Wong
Being awarded a prestigious Cedar Commission to create new songs was validating for 20-something Alicia Thao. But in truth she’s been honing her cr...

  • Added: May 10, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Carolyne Naomi, Credit: Kelechi Uchegbu
Minnesota Afro R & B singer Carolyne Naomi was born in Nigeria and sings in English and Yoruba. She writes her songs, which frequently deal with re...

  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Carolyne Naomi, Credit: Kelechi Uchegbu
Carolyne Naomi brings her Afro R and B to the Inver Glen library in Grove Heights, this Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. Carolyne was born in Nigeria an...

  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 08:00
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we take a look at the process of moving a community radio station into the 21st century. Made possible by the M...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 02:26
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from Steve Genrich about his time in the student broadcasting program in the 1970's and what his time a...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 06:24
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from former station manager Michele Jansen about her experience with live events and fundraising for a ...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 05:33
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from engineer and contributor Wayne Selly about his time working for the station and his experiences wi...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 05:22
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear audio from award winning student broadcaster John Randelman from 1987. Made possible by the Minnesota A...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 03:02
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from broadcaster Emily Reese about her time as the stations Morning Show host. Made possible by the Min...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 04:54
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In this snapshot of KBEM's history, we hear from Minneapolis Public School Alumni turned staffer Genero Vasquez about his time in the student broad...

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 08:18