Chris Heim

Music Producer

Chicago native Chris Heim began a lifelong love affair with radio after wandering into the campus station at the University of Chicago and being unexpectedly offered a music show after an opening developed. She got her first job in radio at one of the area’s last “free form” stations, worked at Chicago’s only progressive rock station and then joined the NPR affiliate, where she hosted jazz and world music shows (the latter being one of the longest running in public radio), served as music director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues and Latin music festivals.

Chris is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen and Option.

Here at KMUW, Chris produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally-distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train; Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show.

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Monday, February 20

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 21

February 24/26

Crossroads pays tribute to drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away last week, with some classic recordings he did with James Brown;  features music from artists with local and regional concert in the coming week; and wraps up the Stones’ blues feature with more classic Rolling Stones’ tracks, a Buddy Guy-Junior Wells album with Bill Wyman appearing on and producing the album and a House of Blues special with Bill Wyman in hour two of the show.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Presidents' Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 21 from 7:00 to midnight. 

Global Village will feature music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Monday 2.13.17

Tonight’s Night Train showcases some classic and contemporary alto saxophone players – including Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole and Steve Slagle. Plus new releases featuring singer Abbey Lincoln, organist Joey DeFrancesco, the Three Sounds with pianist Gene Harris, and Emmet Cohen with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Tuesday 2.14.17

Monday, February 13

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Peter Gabriel with some of his world music-influenced songs along with guest appearances he made with a number of world music artists (including Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, 9Bach, Geoffrey Oryema, and Afro Celt Sound System) and covers of his songs from the Bad Plus, Al DiMeola and Herbie Hancock.

Tuesday, February 14

February 17/19

The February feature, exploring the blues side of the Rolling Stones continues with their covers of Slim Harpo and Jay McShann songs, music from such influences as Slim Harpo and Muddy Water, and in hour two, part two of a special about the blues and the Stones – Got Blues If You Want It.

Also more music from this year’s Blues Music Awards nominees, including Sugaray Rayford, Pinetop Perkins with Jimmy Rogers, and the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue. And the latest from Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and Levee Town.

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.

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Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday 2.6.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Marley. Hour one of the show features jazz versions of Marley songs from Charlie Hunter, Monty Alexander, Rebel Tumbao and Richard Bona with Michael Brecker, while hour two is devoted to a special about Marley’s life and music. Plus music from February featured artist Al DiMeola and from Benny Golson, who is in town Friday for a Master Class at WSU that is free and open to the public. (Duerkson C104, 11 a.m.)

Monday, February 6

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley with music from his classic recordings and a wide range of covers of his songs from such artists as I-Three members Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Tiken Jah Fakoly (from his recent Racines album), The Gladiators, Bunny Wailer, Rebel Tumbao and The String Cheese Incident.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music from Bob Marley tonight for his birthday.)

Tuesday, February 7

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