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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: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Maud Hixson. You’ll catch her singing in front of big and small bands. But the common thread in all her performances is that she really cares about...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
  • Length: 08:04
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Judy Garland, the 20th century show-biz icon from Minnesota is one of Maud Hixson’s great inspirations as a singer. Maud has rounded up a group of ...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
  • Length: 05:01
Caption: Roseville Big Band Trip to Acapulco 1989, Credit: Glen Newton
When you see a Roseville Big Band show, you get a complete package: Great arrangements, a polished vocal quartet, old songs that everybody loves, a...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2016
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Roseville Big Band Trip to Acapulco 1989, Credit: Glen Newton
The Roseville Big Band brings its special arrangements to an Edina concert on Oct 2. Band director Glenn Newton tells Phil Nusbaum about it.

  • Added: Sep 21, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Patty Peterson is one of the bright lights on the Peterson jazz family tree. Her family inspired her to get involved in music. And what they taught...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2016
  • Length: 09:37
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Is the Jazz scene some kind of men’s club? No, and especially not in this day and age. So why not get some of the women long-time luminaries of the...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Pat Donohue, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Starting with their association on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, former members of Guy’s old Shoe Band have continued playing as Pat Donoh...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble, Credit: Andrea Canter
Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble is a long-running St Paul group that tours the state with its sometimes serious, sometimes funny offerings. Next weeke...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Alan Jesperson, Credit: Craig Evans
To many, the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis serves as the exclamation point at the end of a Twin Cities summe...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Swamp Kings, Credit: Sarah Harkness
The first thing you need to know about the Swamp Kings is that being geographically challenged has not proved an impediment. The group has been pum...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2016
  • Length: 07:56
Caption: The Swamp Kings, Credit: Nancy Harkness
People from all over are attracted to Louisiana Culture. As far as Louisiana music, the Swamp Kings have been mainstays in Minnesota for over a Dec...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Mayyadda, Credit: Osaro Obanor
Only recently did Mayyadda make the decision to perform professionally. But she’s come a long way in a short time, playing prestigious clubs such a...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 07:50
Caption: Mayyadda, Credit: Osaro Obanor
Once she made the decision to enter the field of music, Mayyadda has been firing on all cylinders, creating new songs and recordings to document th...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Mark Kreitzer Band, Credit: Gary Mortensen
Mark Kreitzer has always enjoyed playing a variety of songtypes and he’s a whiz on many instruments. Plus, he has refined ideas on working in diffe...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 08:14
Caption: Paul Cantrell, Credit: David J Turner
The Twin Cities is filled with passionate creators of new music, and much of the greatest work turns up at Composers Night at Studio Z in Saint Pau...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Filthy Animals, Credit: Ben Mielke
The Filthy Animals. Well, there’s a band name that’ll grab your ear. But so does their music. The group has been playing for a number of years, it’...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2016
  • Length: 07:26
Caption: Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys, Credit: Wendy Birkeland
It’s gotten to be quite a tradition: The City of Roseville hosts the Mosquito Bluegrass jam, this Sunday afternoon at the Frank Rog (rhymes with bo...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
What a showcase for local music is Nershfest. It presents 10 varied acts in 10 hours on 2 stages in an accessible spot in Saint Paul. Festival orga...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Patty and the Buttons, Credit: Elizabeth Windsperger
They play pre-world war II jazz, but featuring the accordion gives their offerings a whole new twist. Plus, they have fun entertaining. The basis o...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2016
  • Length: 07:19
Caption: Patty and the Buttons, Credit: Elizabeth Windsperger
Pre-World War II Jazz is unforgettable for many musicians and members of the public. That’s what drives the Sunday Swing brunch with Patty and the ...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2016
  • Length: 05:00