KBEM

StationAccount image
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: 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)
247 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
Series image
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
Series image
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
Caption: PRX default Series image
0 Pieces

Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010
Series image
17 Pieces

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

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: May 25, 2016

Latest Pieces

Caption: Matt Wilson and His Orchestra, Credit: Becca Dilley
Matt Wilson and His Orchestra features a songwriter and vocalist with a backing band of stringed instruments that you wouldn’t expect in a pop orie...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Matt Wilson and His Orchestra, Credit: Becca Dilley
Matt Wilson and His Orchestra features a songwriter and vocalist with a backing band of strings that you wouldn’t expect in a pop oriented group. T...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sound Simulacra Poster, Credit: Darwin Grosse
Keyboardist John Keston and bassist and vocalist Cody McKinney curate a monthly series called sound simulacra at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapoli...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Steve Kenny, Credit: Andrea Canter
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a highlight of our town’s the annual music calendar and it is right ahead. The festival comes to multiple venues J...

  • Added: May 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Minnesota guitarist Michael Hauser has had a 50-plus year flamenco guitar career based in the Twin Cities. Michael’s work is built on multiple trip...

  • Added: May 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Minnesota guitarist Michael Hauser has had a 50-plus year flamenco guitar career based in the Twin Cities. He plays May 14 at the Robert Trail libr...

  • Added: May 05, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Credit: Zak Nichols
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra started when John Wright got the idea that it would be cool to be part of a jazz fusion band. And despite that he and fut...

  • Added: May 01, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Credit: Zak Nichols
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra started when John Wright got the idea that it would be cool to be part of a jazz fusion band. And despite that he and fu...

  • Added: May 01, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
The high 48s is a long-lasting group and has several CDs to its credit. Phil Nusbaum talked with High 48s fiddler and vocalist Eric Christopher abo...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
The high 48s plays in Zumbrota at Crossings at Carnegie, Saturday May 4. The group is a long-lasting one and has several CDs to its credit. Phil Nu...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 08:00