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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: 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 ...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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
  • Purchases: 1
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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
Caption: Sherry Minnick, Credit: Elizabeth Lofgren
Sherry Minnick has sung many styles of music in her life. In the last few decades she has focused on great traditional songs, many of them very old...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Caprice Saxophone Quartet, Credit: Alison Bents
The Caprice Saxophone Quartet is an accomplished group playing a varied and challenging group of pieces in a Studio Z Saint Paul concert on March 7...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dean Sorenson in his UMN Office, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
The University of Minnesota Jazz Festival is a great event in scholastic jazz. It’s where high school kids make college choices, and where the whol...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, Credit: Peter Eckert
The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale was formed six years ago to provide opportunities to sing types of Jewish music other than that which is sung in syn...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2015
  • Length: 04:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Choro Borealis, Credit:  Antonella Borgatti
When was the last time there was a local group specializing in Brazilian choros? Maybe never. But Choro Borealis has been playing for a few years,...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pig's Eye Jass Band at the Minnesota State Fair, Credit: Nancy Hite
The Pig’s Eye Jass Band out of the Twin Cities has been around seemingly forever. Many people come to the Minneapolis Eagles Club to dance the firs...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: The High 48s, Credit: Daniel Corrigan
On January 31, the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association celebrates its 40th anniversary by creating an event to remember, Twelve in T...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio
Many of the jazz artists touched by Jazz radio host Leigh Kamman combine to celebrate Leigh’s life on January 25, 2015. The event will take place a...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joan Griffith, Credit: Ann Marsden
Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom are two jazz guitarists who love working together to interpret music on their guitars. The piece features Joan tal...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2015
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: JT Bates at the drums in his Minneapolis studio, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Three experienced players have formed a new organ trio that is one of the more promising groups on the scene, the JT Bates Organ Trio. In the piece...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Bill and Kate Isles, Credit: Jeff Isles
In the piece, Bill talks about songwriting, and about working with his young bandmates, Sarah & Derek Birkeland.

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Patrick Harison at Home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
Mixing it up musically is the specialty of Patty and the Buttons. And it works. At the group’s weekly Swing Brunch held 11-2 at the Aster Café in M...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Twin Cities Jazz Sampler CD, Credit: Tim Nyberg
This Saturday night, the jazz community will be toasting itself, as the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler CD has it’s release party. The CD contains work by...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dee Langley, Credit: Shelley Campbell
Dee Langley, well-known Twin Cities Accordionist has created her first vocal piece, “Good Yule.” It receives its world premiere during the Minneapo...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Norbert Augustine and Jahbee Bennet, Credit: Philip Nusbaum
The Tropics Steeldrum band gets Minnesotans moving Saturday Dec 6, 2014. It’ll be at the Northtown Library in Blaine from 2-3pm. The band wants eve...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Emerson Hunton at the drums, Credit: Andrea Canter
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Earl Jarosh, Credit: Jeremie
Twin Cities Weekend is a five minute feature that keeps listeners up to date on what's happening the following weekend. Artist interviews and music...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2014
  • Length: 05:00