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.


10:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Joe Zawinul, Mavis Staples, Bela Fleck & More

Jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul

Monday  July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul and also of Cuban-born Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable. Plus more music from the RealWorld label and this year’s Woman Festival lineup – the July Global Village feature – and new African sounds from Yaaba Funk and Sia Tolno (with Fela drummer and musical director Tony Allen).

Music from Joe Zawinul will also be featured tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday July 8

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10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

July Bluesfest feature kicks off with live music from B.B. King, Johnny Winter at Woodstock

Live music from B.B. King and others on Crossroads

July 11/13

This week at the Crossroads, the July Blues Festival feature with classic live recordings and concert specials kicks off. This week, it’s live music from B.B. King, Otis Clay and Johnny Winter at Woodstock. Then in hour two, a special performance from Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival.

Plus new music from Vaneese Thomas - the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Savoy Brown.

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1:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums of June 2014

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 June  2014

1.    Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet)

2.    Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things (Pintch Hard)

3.    Charlie Denard - From Brazil to New Orleans (Charlie Denard)

4.    Helge Lien Trio - Badgers and Other Beings (Ozella)

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

6.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)

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8:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of June 2014

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Goin' Home is the top album for June
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Crossroads Top 40 -  JUNE 2014

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

2.       Various - All My Friends (Rounder)

3.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

4.       Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove)

5.       Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers - The Devil You Know (Alligator)

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

7.       Savoy Brown - Goin' to the Delta (Ruf)

8.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

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9:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

July Feature for Prestige Records’ 65th, Ahmad Jamal’s Birthday & the New NEA Jazz Masters

American jazz artist Ahmad Jamal

Monday 6.30.14

Night Train wraps up the June Blue Note feature, including music from one of the label’s most adventurous artists – pianist and composer Andrew Hill, who was born on this date. In hour two of the show, it’s a special encore presentation of Piano Jazz with Andrew Hill as the featured guest. Night Train also kicks off a weeklong salute to the newly named 2015 NEA Jazz Masters with music from George Coleman and highlights new music from the Roberto Magris Septet and Chris Parker.

Tuesday 7.1.14

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9:11 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Canada Day, Soul Night, New Month/New Music Time & New July Feature for RealWorld’s 25th

Celebrate Canada Day with Canada's Ensemble Polaris

Monday  June 30

Global Village highlights an array of Latin sounds this time around, including Latin psychedelia from Joe Cuba, Latin soul from percussion great Mongo Santamaria, Latin jazz from the Miles Español album in tribute to Miles Davis, Latin ska from the pioneering Skatalites, and some Latin rock from ‘70s Belgian artist Nico Gomez and from Santana.

Tuesday  July 1

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9:02 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Month/New Music time with the latest from Bob Stroger, Ronnie Earl, the Nighthawks and more

Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

July 4/6

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 at the Crossroads:

Blues Music Award winning bassist Bob Stroger

The return of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters and the Nighthawks

A new compilation highlighting blues shouter Wynonie Harris

Plus, the Mannish Boys, the Andy T/Nick Nixon Band, Dave Spector, Deanna Bogart and more.

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11:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Wrapping Up the Last Half Decade of BMA Awards with 2010/11 Winners + Concert Previews & New Release

Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker
Credit Michael Weintrob

June 27/29

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the June feature looking back at the last half decade of Blues Music Award winners with artists who took home awards in 2010 and 2011 – including Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Pinetop Perkins. Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eden Brent, Damon Fowler, and Janiva Magness.

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8:53 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Celebrating the Arrival of Summer, the Festival of the Sun & Madagascar’s Independence Day

Music group Tarika of Madagascar

Monday June 23

SUMMER SPECIAL: Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

Tuesday  June 24

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8:46 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Remembering Horace Silver & Birthday Celebrations for Joe Chambers, Reggie Workman and Joey Baron

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver

Monday 6.23.14

In a special edition of the show, Night Train pays tribute to legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, who passed away last week at the age of 85. In hour one of the show, music from throughout Horace Silver’s long career and covers of some of his classic songs.

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