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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: Jazz 88, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Powderhorn Park always does it with flair, and this 4th of July, it hosts musician Greg Herriges and troupes of puppeteers and dancers. Phil Nusbau...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Butch Thompson and Sarah LaRose Holland, Credit: Patrick O'Laughlin
A collaboration of music, dance and photography, this radio program was recorded live at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis.

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 59:03
Caption: Local Shaped Note Singers hold Copies of Shenandoah Harmony, Credit: Nathan Berry
Singing shaped notes is a long American tradition of singing, mostly based on Christian scriptures. As a folk tradition, it evolves with reference ...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ray Barnard, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Ray Barnard writes and performs songs based on old-school soul. Over the years he has developed a unique songwriting voice, and he tells Phil Nusba...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Roseville Big Band in Acapulco, 1989 , Credit: Glen Newton
The Roseville Big Band has been playing for dances in airplane hangars for a really long time. The next one will be in Fleming Field's Hangar #3 in...

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  • Added: May 30, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Daithi Sproule
Irish music is great, seemingly everywhere, including Our Town. This Friday through Sunday, the Center for irish Music presents Minnesota irish Fai...

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  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Minneapolis South High School sings Jazz classics for an hour.

  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:31
Caption: Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, Credit: Darin Black
In the old days of the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin lumber camps, many of the shanty boys had emigrated from Ireland. Of course, they brought t...

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  • Added: May 22, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pop Wagner, Credit: Dale Hanson
Pop Wagner has been part of the folk scene in Minneapolis since he arrived in town over 40 years ago. And his shows are still fresh and varied, lik...

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  • Added: May 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Yonci Jameson sits down and hosts a special DJ set.

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 57:29
Caption: Students playing
Join Yonci Jameson as Minneapolis Roosevelt High School Jazz Combos 1 and 2 perform live from Studio 1 at KBEM.

  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 57:48
Caption: JaAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske, Credit: Laurenb Photography
JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske. Jazz for voice, piano and bass. They’ve been holding forth Friday and Saturday nights at the St Paul hotel lobby for 7...

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  • Added: May 09, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Credit: Daniel Soderstrom
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet specializes in contemporary American Saxophone quartet music. It’s a field that bridges formal music and jazz. The ense...

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  • Added: May 03, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Reynaldo Moreno CD cover, Credit: ason Wozny
Reynaldo Moreno. He’s a young local guy to whom the Motown sound speaks. And so, he recreates some of the great Motown songs of a generation ago, a...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jon Wood Plays DJ at KBEM-FM, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
Jon Wood stumbled into recording his first 2 CDs, both available at his CD release party on April 25 at the Black Dog Café in St Paul. He happened ...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Peterson Family of the Twin Cities is a Jazz family from ‘way back. They gain musical inspiration from each other and they are happiest when wo...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Charanga Tropical, Credit: Walter Horishnyk
Doug Little leads Minnesota’s great Charanga Band, Charanga Tropical. Charanga is a substyle of salsa, one that adds three violins to the mix. The ...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Chris Becknell at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
A representative of House of Mercy Recordings heard Chris Becknell play a few of his interpretations of hymns and gospel songs and wanted more. So ...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Orkesta Bez ime, Credit: Stefan Iwaskewycz
Orkestar Bez Ime, Bulgarian for orchestra with out a name, or OBI for short, has been performing in our town and more widely for well over a decade...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Twin Cities guitarist Zacc harris and vibes player Dave Hagedorn met over their admiration for a 1962 year old LP: Bags Meets Wes by vibraphonist M...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2015
  • Length: 05:00