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.


9:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Birthdays of Cole Porter, Chick Corea, Les Paul, Bernard Purdie and more

American composer and songwriter Cole Porter

Monday 6.9.14

Night Train highlights more music from the Blue Note label to mark the 75th anniversary of the acclaimed jazz label, and marks birthdays of songwriter Cole Porter, guitarist Les Paul, and pianist Kenny Barron (including a performance from Kenny Barron at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Rene Marie, Lisa Ferraro, and the High Note Beatles Jazz Tribute compilation.

Tuesday 6.10.14

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9:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Joao Gilberto, Bernard Purdie & Chick Corea birthdays this week in the Global Village

Brazilian singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto

Monday  June 9

Global Village has the ‘blues’ this time – with blue and blues related music from Richie Havens, Terry Callier, Boris Kovac & La Campanella, I.K. Dairo & the Blue Spots, RealWorld’s Big Blue Ball project, and the new Rough Guide to African Blues among the featured selections.

Tuesday  June 10

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9:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

This week at the Crossroads – the 2014 Blues Music Awards winners

2014 Blues Music Awards winner Buddy Guy

June 13/15

This week at the Crossroads, it’s the start of the June feature looking back at the last half-decade of Blues Music Awards winners. This week Crossroads focuses on the recently announced 2014 winners, including Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark, Jr., and Irma Thomas.

Plus new music from JJ Thames, Mike Zito, Kent Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, and the new live tribute to Gregg Allman.

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10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May Top 40 Recap on the Night Train

May's No.1: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 May 2014

1.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)

2.    Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express - Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (Motema)

3.    Tim Hegarty - Tribute (Miles High)

4.    Fareed Haque - Trance Hypothesis (Delmark)

5.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)

6.    Anton Schwartz - Flash Mob (Anton Jazz)

7.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

8.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)

9.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)

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10:24 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Da Lata caps Global Village's May Top 40

Da Lata's Fabiola No. 1 in May
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Global Village - Top 40 May 2014

1.       Da Lata - Fabiola (Agogo)

2.       Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation (Cumbancha)

3.       Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)

4.       Jerez Texas - Viento y Marea (Jerez Texas)

5.       Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics - Cigarros Explosivos! (Asphalt Tango)

6.       Yaaba Funk - My Vote Dey Count (Sterns)

7.       Boris Kovac & La Campanella - Eastern Moon Rising (Riverboat)

8.       Garotas Suecas - Feras Miticas (VampiSoul)

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10:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May featured artist the Holmes Brothers are No. 1 on Crossroads' May Top 40

Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MAY 2014

1.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

2.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

4.       John & Sylvia Embry - Troubles (Delmark)

5.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

6.       Brent Johnson - Set the World on Fire (Justin Time)

7.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)

8.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

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9:55 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Curtis Mayfield, Oliver Nelson, Peter Erskine birthdays and music from Blue Note

Soul legend Curtis Mayfield

Monday 6.2.14

Night Train travels to the bluesy side of town for music from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Oz Noy, Ray Bryant, Ruth Brown and more. Plus classic tracks from Fats Waller and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and some great jazz piano from Ahmad Jamal, Cyrus Chestnut, Ray Bryant, and Jodie Christian.

Tuesday 6.3.14

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9:50 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Curtis Mayfield tribute, June featured artist Ernest Ranglin, and New Month/New Music

June featured artist Ernest Ranglin
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Monday  June 2

Global Village tours the Caribbean for music from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico from the Mini All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Ibrahim Ferrer, Jose Gonzalez, and Burning Spear – plus music from Tin Hat, Madagascar’s D’Gary and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation.

Tuesday  June 3

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9:38 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New Month/New Music time with John Mayall, Chicago Blues All Stars, a Gregg Allman tribute & more

A Special Life, new album from John Mayall
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June 6/8

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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured at the Crossroads:

Blues rock veteran John Mayall

Vanesse Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas

A tribute to Gregg Allman

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Horn man Terry Hanck

The return of Dave and Phil Alvin

Kenny Wayne Shepherd…and more.

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9:20 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Birthday of Miles Davis + tribute albums and more Scofield and Sun Ra

Jazz legend Miles Davis

Monday 5.26.14

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Peggy Lee and jazz legend Miles Davis (including a special about the making of his classic album, Kind of Blue, in hour two of the show). Plus more from May featured artists John Scofield (including music he did with Miles) and Sun Ra, and new music from guitartists Dave Stryker and Greg Amirault.

Tuesday 5.27.14

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