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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: 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
Caption: Sherry Minnick, Credit: Kate MacKenzie
Old Traditional folk songs. Without any promotion from the commercial world, the songs last for centuries. Sherry Minnick of St Paul sings old song...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2016
  • Length: 10:46
Caption: 651Jazz, Credit: Dave Miller
651Jazz. It’s a group of Rosemount, MN-area people who started playing jazz in high school, but saw no reason to quit at graduation. They sought ea...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2016
  • Length: 06:53
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Youngerberg
When Debbie Duncan sings and lets her imagination run on a song melody, you are in the presence of someone who is a master of her craft. Debbie’s i...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:58
Caption: Judi Vinar w/Wolverines Quartet, Credit: Paul Nixdorf.
Judi Vinar, the former Judy Donaghy has been at the forefront of Minnesota music for Decades. She wears many musical hats. She sat down with interv...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2016
  • Length: 09:46
Caption: Wolverines quartet with Judi Vinar, Credit: Paul Nixdorf.
Judi has stood in the forefront of Midwest vocalists for decades. She’s teamed up with the Wolverines Swing Band for 20-plus years, and they’ve bee...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Youngerberg
Debbie Duncan is a vocalist who needs little introduction in the Twin Cities. With over 30 years locally, Debbie is one of the defining figures in ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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The Feel Good Revolution is a night of healing through comedy, jazz, spoken word, and hip hop. The Feel Good Revolution was back one final time b...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 02:06:12
Caption: Edmunt Catlin on the drums with the group Hoaxer, Credit: Lee Tran
Edmund Catlin is a young Twin Cities drummer who, while still in college, plays in a variety of jazz bands. To Edmund, playing jazz requires a comb...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 06:53