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, July 18

Global Village celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration and public service designated by the United Nations for South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music and artists who created songs in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Monday, July 11

Global Village celebrates the birthdays of reggae stars John Holt (of the Paragons) and Michael Rose (from Black Uhuru) and highlights new reggae albums from Ziggy Marley, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Jah Works. Plus more music from July featured artists Santana (from the Welcome and new Santana IV albums) and the latest from Carrie Rodriguez and Oumar Konate.


Tuesday, July 12

July 15/17

Crossroads continues the July feature celebrating the upcoming 80th birthday of blues legend Buddy Guy, this time with music he did as a leader, and as a sideman with Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor on the Chess label.
Plus music from some of the newly named Blues Blast Music Awards nominees – including Curtis Salgado, Guy Davis, Fiona Boyes and more - and from two recently announced award winners: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (a newly named NEA Heritage Fellow) and Smokey Robinson (this year’s honoree for the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song).

Monday 7.4.16

Night Train celebrates the 4th of July with two special live performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one of the show, the Airmen are joined by one of the top vibes players in jazz today – Stefon Harris. Then in hour two, they greet two special guests – trumpeter Marvin Stamm (whose credits include working with everyone from Stan Kenton and Paul Desmond to Donald Fagen and Deodato) and West Coast pianist and popular session player Bill Mays.

Tuesday 7.5.16

July 8/10

Crossroads begins the July feature, celebrating Buddy Guy’s 80th birthday, with music from his latest album, Born to Play Guitar, which just picked up five nominations in the Living Blues Awards.

1. Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

2. Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)

3. George Coleman – A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)

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

5. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)

6. Benny Golson – Horizon Ahead (High Note)

7. Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlain – Bye Bye Blackbird (Ropeadope)

8. Antonio Adolfo – Tropical Infinito (AAM)

1. Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)

2. The Wailers – The Wailing Wailers (Studio One/Yep Roc)

3. Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong)

4. Various – Rough Guide to Brazilian Jazz (World Music Network)

5. Breabach – Astar (Breabach)

6. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7. Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

8. Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)