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 3.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. Plus more music from Wichita Jazz Festival artists for the March feature – including Pat Metheny (guesting with Roy Haynes and Joshua Redman) and also from Sun Ra, the subject of an author event and film at this year’s Fest. Night Train highlights music from a newly released live set from Sun Ra & the Arkestra in hour one, and a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Monday, March 13

Global Village highlights world saxophones, including music from Tommy McCook, one of the founding members of Jamaica’s pioneering ska band, the Skatalites; Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett with the Cuban group, Maqueque; Norwegian world-jazz saxophonist Karl Seglem; flamenco sax from Jorge Pardo; and Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson.

Tuesday, March 14

March 17/19

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas, including classic tracks Thomas did for both Sun and Stax Records, and a cover of a Nat King Cole hit done by Aretha Franklin.

Monday 3.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of guitar great Wes Montgomery, Brazilian singer Flora Purim, and and ‘The King of Western Swing’ Bob Wills (including a special about Wills in hour two of the show). Plus a previously unreleased live set from guitarist Dennis Coffey, one of the Motown ‘Funk Brothers,’ and new albums from guitarist Steve Khan and trombonist Nick Finzer – and we continue the March Jazz Fest feature with music from drummer Matt Wilson.

Tuesday 3.7.17

Monday, March 6

Global Village celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with highlife and afrobeat sounds from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and such groundbreaking compilations as Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Tuesday, March 7

March 10/12

Crossroads kicks off the March feature celebrating the 75th birthday of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the centennial birthday of Memphis soul legend Rufus Thomas (including music from his daughters Carla and Vaneese Thomas).

The 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees were just announced and Crossroads will highlight the artists and recordings being honored this year, including Mavis Staples, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and more.

KMUW Music will be celebrating International Women's Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Wednesday, March 8 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate International Women's Day, Global Village will feature music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva  Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.

Album Cover Art

  1. Mamud Band – Dynamite on Stage! (Felmay)


  1. The Nile Project – Jinja (Zambaleta)


  1. Alsarah & the Nubatones – Manara (Wonderwheel)


  1. Clinton Fearon – This Morning (Boogie Brown Productions)
  1. Anda Union – Homeland (Hohot)


Album Cover Art

  1. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)
  1. Raphael Wressnig/Igor Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)
  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Greaseland All Stars – Live! (Little Village Foundation)
  1. Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside (Big Records)
  1. Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)
  1. John Mayall – Talk About That (F

Album Cover Art

  1. Richie Cole – Richie Cole Plays Ballads and Love Songs (Mark Perna Music)
  1. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  1. Delfeayo Marsalis – Make American Great Again (Troubadour Jass)
  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)
  1. The Three Sounds – Groovin’ Hard (Resonance)
  1. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)
  1. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – N