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 10.31.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency for a full evening of music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

Tuesday 11.1.16

Monday, October 31

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

Tuesday, November 1

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November 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 blues releases. Among the highlights:

A preview of the Rolling Stones’ new album, a return to the blues and first studio album in a decade, due out in December

Austrian blues and soul-jazz organist Raphael Wressnig with Brazilian bluesman Igor Prado

Monday 10.24.16

It’s another Monday Night at the Movies tonight on the Night Train, joining Global Village and Strange Currency every Monday night this month to highlight film related music. Tonight it’s film noir – with music from these post-war dark classics performed by Gerry Mulligan, Dmitri Matheny and the Jazz at the Movies Band – and a special in hour two exploring the scores of film noirs.

Tuesday 10.25.16

Monday, October 24

It’s another Monday at the Movies in the Global Village – this time with a visit to ‘Disney World’ for world, jazz and other unusual versions of songs from Disney films like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics – done by Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

Tuesday, October 25

October 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the October feature celebrating the 90th birthday of Chuck Berry and remembering zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco (including a special in hour two of the show with Buckwheat Zydeco as a special guest). The show also remembers Phil Chess, one of the founders of Chess Records, who just passed away, highlights music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week, and spotlights some of the best of new blues releases.

Monday 10.17.16

It’s another Monday Night at the Movies tonight on the Night Train, joining Global Village and Strange Currency every Monday night this month to highlight film related music. Tonight it’s jazz versions of film themes from Wes Montgomery, the Phil Norman Tentet, and birthday artists Luiz Bonfa (of Black Orpheus fame – also featured on Global Village tonight), and guitarists Howard Alden and Barney Kessel. Plus new music from Shirley Horn, the Steve Gadd Band and Kenia.

Tuesday 10.18.16

Monday, October 17

Global Village spends another Monday at the Movies, this time with Black Orpheus for the birthday of guitarist Luiz Bonfa who wrote two of the key songs for that groundbreaking Brazilian film. It is also the birthday of ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez (also doing a couple of movie related numbers) and Ziggy Marley – and there’s new music from Madeleine Peyroux, Raging Fyah and the Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz.

Tuesday, October 18

October 21/23

Crossroads continues the October feature remembering zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and celebrating the 90th birthday of Chuck Berry. Highlights include a Berry cover from the Rolling Stones and a Charles Brown cover by Chuck Berry, along with a Chuck Berry Special in hour two of the show.

Also more Blues Blast Music Award winners and new music from Al Basile, Nancy Wright, Bobby Rush and Barrelhouse Chuck.

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