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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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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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

Latest Pieces

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Grace Wenner, student at Susan B. Anthony Middle School (Minneapolis) tells us that the emotional scars from verbal bullying are worse than the phy...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Abdul Kadir Farah, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Abdul Kadir Farah, a Minneapolis Edison high school senior, is one of many Minneapolis high school students who collect college credit while still ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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When you are a senior, and planning for the future, it seems there is no such thing as spare time. You are either in class or doing something that ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 01:00
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The Asian Club at Minneapolis Edison High School puts on a yearly Hmong New Year event. It features elaborate Hmong clothing, as well as as a feast...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2011
  • Length: 02:00
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