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.


4:07 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

2014 Living Blues Awards Winners Plus August Featured Artists Johnny Winter & Robert Cray

81-year old debut blues artist Leo Welch

August 22/24

The 2014 Living Blues Awards were just announced and Crossroads highlights music from the winners in this week’s show – including Buddy Guy, Lurrie Bell, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, 81-year old debut artist Leo Welch, and the Campbell Brothers.

Plus more music from August featured artists Johnny Winter and Robert Cray; artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from the ReBirth Brass Band, Ruthie Foster, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and tuba master Bob Stewart.

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3:50 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

More Newport; Count Basie And Other Birthdays; Jane Bunnett Sneak Preview & Hungarian Jazz

Jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant

Monday 8.18.14

Night Train continues with more music in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival with music from the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Gregory Porter – who appeared at this year’s festival, and a live performance in hour two of the show from another of the stars of this year’s Newport, singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Adam Makowicz and guitarist Ed Laub – and new music from Dee Alexander and the Band of Bones.

Tuesday 8.19.14

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3:24 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Hungary’s Szent István Day & Kora Family Lines With Aug. Featured Artist Toumani Diabate

Emerging Hungarian world-folk band Sondorgo

Monday August 18

Global Village remembers Steely of the reggae duo Steely & Clevie on his birthday; highlights new music from Hollie Cook, Mike Marshall, and the Finding Fela soundtrack; and continues with more music from August featured artist, kora great Toumani Diabate, with music from his Djelika album, and as a guest with popular Malian duo, Amadou and Mariam.

Tuesday August 19

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10:28 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Remembering Kenny Drew, Jr. And Celebrating Big Six-Ohs For Newport And Pat Metheny

Pianist Kenny Drew, Jr.

Monday 8.11.14

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Pittsburgh soul jazz organist Bill Heid; begins a week-long salute to pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who passed away last week; and continues a month-long celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival’s 60th anniversary – this time with music from vibes star Warren Wolf, who performed at this year’s festival, and in hour two, a performance from organist Joey DeFrancesco at Newport.

Tuesday 8.12.14

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9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Birthday Salutes To Afrobeat Legend Tony Allen, English Folk Rocker Maddy Prior And More

Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen

 Monday August 11

Global Village takes a quick summer vacation to Italy with the help of neo-folk artists Enzo Avitabile and Elianto, jazz-influenced sounds from Daniela Nardi and Cassandra Wilson, and an import album from Bandadritica that combines music of Italy with sounds of the Balkans.

Tuesday  August 12

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8:48 am
Mon August 11, 2014

More From August Featured Artists Johnny Winter & Robert Cray Plus Local/Regional Concerts

August featured artist Johnny Winter with blues man Muddy Waters

August 15/17

Crossroads continues the August feature of music from Johnny Winter – including a track from one of his Grammy-winning albums with Muddy Waters and from his own classic release, Still Alive and Well – and from Robert Cray – with music from his latest release, In My Soul, and from his breakthrough recording, Strong Persuader.

Plus new music from Kelley Hunt, Kent Burnside, Lisa Mann, Keb’Mo’ and the new ZZ Top best-of set, and selections from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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8:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums For July 2014

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 July 2014

1.    Fred Hersch Trio - Floating (Palmetto)

2.    Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (ECM)

3.    Charlie Apicella & Iron City - Big Boss (Zoho)

4.    Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (Blue Note)

5.    Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

6.    Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)

7.    Elio Villafranca - Caribbean Tinge (Motema)

8.    Band of Bones - Caravan (Dave Chamberlain)

9.    Holly Hofmann - Low Life (Capri)

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10:37 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of July 2014

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers Top 40 Album, Emergency Situation
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Crossroads Top 40 -  July 2014

1.       Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers - Emergency Situation (Blind Pig)

2.       Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

3.       Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready (Delta Groove)

4.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

5.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up (Delta Groove)

6.       Vaneese Thomas - Blues for My Father (Segue)

7.       Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Goin' Home (Concord)

8.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

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4:17 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Global Village Top 40 Albums Of July 2014

Cumbia All Stars' album Tigres en Fuga
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Global Village - Top 40 July 2014

1.       Cumbia All Stars - Tigres en Fuga (World Village)

2.       Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - A Long Way to the Beginning (Knitting Factory)

3.       Zongo Junction - No Discount (Electric Cowbell)

4.       Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong)

5.       Various - Rough Guide to Arabic Cafe (World Music Network)

6.       Black Slate - World Citizen (Unit 8)

7.       Hollie Cook - Twice (Mr. Bongo)

8.       Third World - Under the Magic Sun (Cleopatra)

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10:04 am
Mon August 4, 2014

August Featured Artists Johnny Winter And Robert Cray Plus Local/Regional Concerts

Blues-rock guitar legend Johnny Winter

August 8/10

Crossroads kicks off the August feature remembering blues-rock guitar legend Johnny Winter, and celebrating the August birthday of blues star, Robert Cray. Highlights include the debut albums from both artists, music from Cray’s False Accusations album, and Johnny Winter live at Fillmore East. Then in hour two, it’s part one of a two part House of Blues special saluting Johnny Winter, with classic tracks and rare archival interview material (part two will air next week on the show).

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