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: 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
3 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: Jan 12, 2017
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)
251 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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2 Pieces

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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4 Pieces

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
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17 Pieces

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

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016

Latest Pieces

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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show features the piano stylings of Willie the Lion Smith, as played by Butch Thompson.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 04:59
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench show looks at the piano styling of Jelly Role Morton

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 05:04
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show features the piano stylings of Bix Beiderbecke. The featured song is "In The Dark".

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 04:55
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the blues piano styling of Jimmy Yancey, pianist from Chicago at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 05:04
Caption: Dan McGuire
Each week, KBEM features a teacher from the Minneapolis Public School System. This week's teacher feature is Dan Mcguire.

  • Added: Jul 10, 2010
  • Length: 11:47
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Charlita Williamson is an award winning coach from Thomas Edison High School.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 13:32
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presnets a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for Broadcast.

Bought by KMUW, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KMSU


  • Added: Jul 01, 2010
  • Length: 59:45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
The Twin Cities annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 chose six of these concerts to record for broadcast.

Bought by KSRQ and KMSU


  • Added: Jun 15, 2010
  • Length: 59:31
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: KBEM Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
The Twin Cities Jazz Society annually presents a series of concerts by local artists. Jazz 88 FM chose six of these concerts to record for boradcast.

Bought by KSRQ, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KMSU


  • Added: Jun 15, 2010
  • Length: 59:28
  • Purchases: 3
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Peg Mahon teaches at Anwatin School in the AVID program.

  • Added: Jun 15, 2010
  • Length: 17:20