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.


10:33 am
Mon March 2, 2015

New Feature, New Month/New Music Show & Miriam Makeba’s Birthday

"Mama Africa" Miriam Makeba

Monday March 2

Global Village kicks off the March Women in World Music feature (for Women’s History Month) with music from African women from across the continent – including Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali, Les Amazones de Guinee, and “Mama Africa” – South Africa’s Miriam Makeba.

Tuesday March 3

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10:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

New Month/New Music New Releases Show

'This Is From Here' from Harrison Kennedy
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March 6/8

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

World blues artist Harry Manx

Canadian blues star Harrison Kennedy

A new New Orleans Brass Bands compilation

Martin Lang’s Chicago Harp Blues Sessions

And the Blues Disciples with special guests Billy Flynn & Reverend Raven.

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10:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For February 2015

Akua Dixon's self titled album
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1.    Akua Dixon - Akua Dixon (Akua's Music)

2.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

3.    Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy (Stretch/Concord)

4.    Brad Goode Quartet - Montezuma (Origin)

5.    Carol Saboya/Antonio Adolfo/Hendrik Meurkens - CopaVillage (AAM)

6.    Louis Hayes & the Cannonball Legacy Band - Live at Cory Weed's Cellar Jazz Club (Cellar Live)

7.    Richard Galliano - Sentimentale (Resonance)

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9:50 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Crossroads Top 40 Albums For February 2015

'Soul Gumbo' from Raphael Wressnig
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1.       Raphael Wressnig - Soul Gumbo (Pepper Cake)

2.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

3.       Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (Alligator)

4.       Billy Boy Arnold - The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain)

5.       Altered Five Blues Band - Cryin' Mercy (Omnivibe)

6.       Gary Clark, Jr. - Live (Warner Bros.)

7.       JW-Jones - Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

8.       Mississippi Heat - Warning Shot (Delmark)

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9:35 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Global Village Top 40 Albums For February 2015

Samba Toure's 'Gandadiko'
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1.       Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

2.       Kirk Elliott & the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul - Widdershins (Pipistrelle Music)

3.       Various - Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove Vol. 2 (World Music Network)

4.       Banda - HraBanda (Pavian)

5.       William Onyeabor - William Onyeabor Box (Luaka Bop)

6.       Red Baraat - Gaadi of Truth (Sinj)

7.       Various - Rough Guide to Psychedelic India (World Music Network)

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10:55 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Finale & Willie Dixon

Blues bassist Willie Dixon

February 27/March 1

Crossroads highlights music from Willie Dixon, the acclaimed blues bassist, songwriter and producer, who was just named one of this year’s inductees into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. The show highlights music from Dixon, including early music he did as part of the Big Three Trio, and songs he wrote for Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy – two Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Plus new music, artists with concerts in the coming week, and to wrap up the February Grammy Lifetime Achievement feature, a special in hour two devoted to blues icon, Robert Johnson.

3:25 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Miles Week & Birthday Salutes To David ‘Fathead’ Newman, James Moody & Caruso

Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis

Night Train (along with Global Village and Crossroads) features music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients throughout February. This week Night Train focuses in on jazz honoree Miles Davis  - with music from the legendary artist, covers & tributes, recordings by members of his various bands, and specials that highlight his many styles and two of his classic recordings.

Monday, February 23

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11:54 am
Mon February 23, 2015

George Harrison & Fats Domino Birthdays & Dominican Republic Independence Day

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Harrison

Monday, February 23

Global Village highlights more world and world-inspired music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for the February feature –including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Plus music from the Juno-nominated release from Ayrad, and the latest Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album from Carlos Vives.

Tuesday, February 24

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10:50 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Honorees With Bo Diddley

R&B legend Bo Diddley

February 20/22

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards –this time including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Etta James and a special salute to Bo Diddley. Listen for some of his classic recordings, a fascinating new Bo Diddley beat inspired song from Malian artist Samba Toure, and a special in hour two exploring how that beat inspired a wide array of songs and artists.

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1:56 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Nat Cole Week, A New Orleans' Jazz Mardi Gras Party & Some “Pres” For Presidents’ Day

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nat King Cole

Monday, February 16

Night Train kicks off a week of music and features for Nat Cole, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, with music from his brother Freddy Cole. Plus birthday salutes to songwriter Alec Wilder and Sonny Bono (!), some “Pres” (Lester Young) for Presidents’ Day, and new music from organist Brian Charette and trombonist Conrad Herwig.

Tuesday, February 17

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