Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jazz Face: KBEM, Spring Pledge Drive

© Andrea Canter

What would the face of jazz be like in the Twin Cities without KBEM radio? Sure, we don’t really “see” KBEM –after all, this is radio! But we really do “see” the impact of KBEM all over the Twin Cities. We see their logo as a media sponsor on concert series like the JazzMN Orchestra and Twin Cities Jazz Festival. We see some of KBEM’s popular hosts teaching classes through Minneapolis Schools Community Education. We see KBEM staff at information tables at a variety of jazz events, from Orchestra Hall to festivals. We see Kevin Barnes hosting the screenings of REEL Jazz and the Jazz 88 Restaurant Tour. And lately we’ve seen Ed Jones broadcasting “in the neighborhood.” It seems KBEM is seen as well as heard!

This is the spring pledge drive season. If you are reading this and not yet a member of KBEM, you are surely getting a lot of benefit from jazz radio already—so maybe it’s time to pick the phone or go online and pledge your support? And if you have been a KBEM donor in the past, remember to renew your support now. We are fortunate to have one of the last jazz radio stations in the country, and KBEM not only supports our jazz habits, but the station also provides a unique educational program for high school students who learn broadcasting skills as well as how to pronounce “Thelonious!” Keep jazz alive, keep KBEM strong!

Photo: One of the faces of jazz at KBEM -- student broadcaster Emmanuel Perry. (Photo by Andrea Canter)