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, December 26

“Legends” this time in the Global Village, with music from some great figures in music from around the world, including South Africa’s Miriam Makeba, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, African hitmaker Manu Dibango, flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia, and one of the longest running groups in reggae, Third World.

Tuesday, December 27

December 30/January 1

Crossroads marks the birthday of roots  rock pioneer Bo Diddley with a number of his classic hits in hour one of the show and a special exploring the ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ in hour two.

Also a tribute to blues piano man Barrelhouse Chuck, who passed away earlier this month. Crossroads highlights music from his last album and work he did with Kim Wilson, the Cash Box Kings, Dave Specter, Mud Morganfield and Nick Moss.  Also new music from the Rolling Stones, Dennis Gruenling, Matthew Skoller and Corey Dennison.

Crossroads: Best of 2016

Dec 22, 2016

Crossroads | Best of 2016

Night Train | Best of 2016

Monday 12.19.16

Night Train kicks off a week of holiday music and specials with two Joy to the World specials featuring pianist Bob Thompson and his band. In hour one, he’s joined by singer (and one of this year’s Grammy nominees) Catherine Russell, and in hour two the guest it’s Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys.

Tuesday 12.20.16

Join us tonight on the Night Train for holiday and seasonal favorites from John Scofield, Ella Fitzgerald, Cyrus Chestnut, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter and more.

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Monday, December 19

Global Village kicks off a week-long celebration of the season with a show devoted to new holiday releases for 2016. Highlights include new seasonal releases from the NOLA Players, Putumayo Presents Latin Christmas, the Lucy Smith Quartet, Kurt Elling and our pick for 2016’s best new holiday release, the exquisite folk/roots Wintersong from Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

Tuesday, December 20

Holiday Specials

Dec 19, 2016

December 23/25

Crossroads steps aside this week to offer two holiday specials: a House of Blues Christmas and An R&B Christmas – with lots of seasonal blues and R&B tunes to celebrate the holidays.

Monday 12.12.16

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, singer and songwriter (including for Schoolhouse Rock) Bob Dorough, drummer Tony Williams, singer Joe Williams and pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi. Plus new music from Kansas City soul jazz organist Chris Hazelton, teen jazz phenom Joey Alexander, and legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell.

Tuesday 12.13.16

Monday, December 12

Yesterday (December 11) was Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed group Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

December 16/18

Crossroads celebrates a constellation of blues birthdays around this weekend, foremost being that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. We’ll feature a number of tracks from the new Stones’ blues album, Blue and Lonesome, and have a Keef special in hour two. Birthday blues men also include Sugar Blue, Rod Piazza, Lonnie Brooks, Robben Ford and Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top).