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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: Lori Dokken, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Lori Dokken Story is one of constant growth. She started out playing and singing, but now she also arranges music and directs ensembles. She sp...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 09:19
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Sonny Knight. He’s Mississippi born, but has lived in Minnesota since childhood. He talked with Phil Nusbaum about music in general, and about his ...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Kate Lynch, Credit: Drew Shonka
Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows started out almost by accident. But Kate fell in love with old jazz, took off with it and met some top-n...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: Cafe Accordion, Credit: Jim Dryden
Dan Newton is a Twin-Cities based accordionist who does it all on the accordion. Yes, he plays polkas and waltzes, but all kinds of pop music, too....

  • Added: Nov 27, 2016
  • Length: 09:10
Caption: Dakota Dave Hull, Credit: Dale B. Hanson
Dakota Dave Hull has been recording and performing for decades. But as time has moved forward, the output has increased. And it all seems original,...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 06:49
Caption: Dan Newton w/Cafe Accordion, Credit: Jim Dryden
Dan Newton is playing seemingly all the time and seemingly every musical genre. It all adds up to entertaining accordion-based shows with a great c...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Patty and the Buttons, Credit: Elizabeth WIndsperger
For variety, you can’t top vaudeville. Carrying the torch for this venerable concept is Patty and the Buttons who lead a troupe of seasoned pros in...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Dakota Dave Hull, Credit: Dale B. Hanson
Dakota Dave Hull plays many musical forms, all with understanding and sensitivity. Plus, his commentaries on music contain a lot of the fun factor....

  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Bob Bovee, Credit: Bill Patterson
Bob Bovee is a committed singer of old folk songs, playing concert halls, living rooms and everything in between. He does it with good humor and ha...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 07:13
Caption: Steve Kenny of the Illicit Sextet, Credit: Andrea Kramer
Illicit Sextet is a group composed of composers with varied approaches. Theirs is mature modern jazz, with varied approaches and thoughtful, collab...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Rick Carlson Andrea Canter, Credit: Andrea Canter
Rick Carlson. All by himself he puts on quite a show playing American songbook classics. But if you ask him, his peak moments might just be in his ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 09:29
Caption: Laura MacKenzie, Credit: Melissa Buss
When you think of any kind of Celtic traditional music, you do not think of horn arrangements. But that’s just what Laura MacKenzie has added to tr...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
Caption: Laura MacKenzie, Credit: Laura Buss
Twin Cities Celtic Music icon Takes a Whole New Direction Long a staple of the Twin Cities Irish and Scottish traditional music scenes, Laura MacKe...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 08:12
Caption: Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee, Credit: Bill Patterson
Pop Wagner is a multi-talented singer and player specializing in different strains of traditional music. He’s been doing it all for about 40 years....

  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 08:51
Caption: Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee, Credit: Bill Patterson
With Pop and Bob, it’s not only a night of old-time songs. The two have a way of keeping their act fresh with wit. While they have performed togeth...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Connie Evingson, Credit: Travis Anderson
Connie Evingson is one of the leading jazz vocalists in Minnesota. And she’s presenting a show of great songs that figure prominently in the histor...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Connie Evingson, Credit: Travis Anderson
She didn’t set out to do it this way, but along the way, jazz vocalist Connie Evingson realized she likes to sing songs that represent a theme, eit...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 10:36
Caption: Lori Dokken, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Lori Dokken leads a group of musical multi-stylists in Painting Joni. The group gives fresh spins to the multi-style offerings of Joni Mitchell, co...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
  • Length: 08:04
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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