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.

Ways to Connect

Monday September 12

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world-jazz percussionist Adam Rudolph with music from his Moving Pictures and Go: Organic Orchestra projects, and guest appearances with Shadowfax and Leni Stern – plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time including the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin and the U.S. based, Balkan inspired Raya Brass Band – and new music from London’s contemporary classical meets world ensemble, the iyatra Quartet, and a new Haitian compilation Tanbou Toujou Lou.

Monday 9.5.16

Night Train celebrates Labor Day with some work songs and a ‘Jazz on the Picket Lines’ special in hour two of the show. Plus the kick-off of the September Brass Bands feature with music from Kermit Ruffins with both the Rebirth Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band, and new music from Charlie Hunter and Jim Rotondi.

Tuesday 9.6.16

Monday, September 5

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work and working, the people who do it and the joys and pains of it. Among the artists featured:  the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, the Roches and more.

Tuesday, September 6

Otis Redding's 75th

Sep 6, 2016

September 9/11

Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark what would have been Otis Redding’s 75th birthday. We’ll hear the first tracks the Southern Soul legend did with Stax, classic recordings from throughout his career, several of his posthumous albums, which also featured a number of his classics, and a couple of great Redding covers.

  1. Money Chicha – Echo en Mexico (VampiSoul)


  1.  Moreland and Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust (Alligator)


  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)


Monday 8.29.16

Night Train begins a week in tribute to two key figures in jazz who passed away last week – harmonica jazz great Toots Thielemans and legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – with music from throughout Thielemans career and some of the many classic albums Van Gelder recorded. Also tonight music from birthday artists bebop great Charlie Parker (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), singer Dinah Washington, and contemporary pianist and composer Florian Hoefner – and new music from the Fred Hersch Trio and the Andy Brown Quartet.

Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

September 2/4

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 blues releases. Among the highlights:

The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years

The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain

Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks

The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas