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, October 10

Global Village marks birthdays of Cuban-born percussionist Francisco Aguabella, songwriter and singer Kirsty MacColl, and Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers). And we head to the movies for music from Fellini films written by Nino Rota and performed by Sexmob, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Richard Galliano.

Tuesday, October 11

October 14/16

Crossroads kicks off the October dual feature – celebrating roots of rock pioneer Chuck Berry, who turns 90 this month, and remembering Buckwheat Zydeco, who helped popularize zydeco music – the unique roots and blues sound from Louisiana.

The show also highlights music from the newly named 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards winners and features music from a number of blues artists with concerts in the coming week, including musicians performing at this year’s Blues Masters at the Crossroads.

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  1. Charlie Hunter – Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (Ground Up)


  1. Dan Cray – Outside In (Origin)


  1. Catherine Russell- Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)


  1. Edward Simon – Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)


  1. Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence (High Note)


  1. Dave Stryker – Eight Track II I(StrikeZone)


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  1. Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV)


  1. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)


  1. William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)


  1. Bo Diddley – The Bo Diddley Collection 1952-1962 (Acrobat)


  1. Michael Burks – I’m A Bluesman (Iron Man)


  1. The Bo-Keys – Heartaches By the Number (Omnivore)


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  1. Various – Tanbou Toujou Lou (Ostinato)
  1. Jean-Guihen Queyras – Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions (Harmonia Mundi)


  1. Sondorgo – Live Wires (Riverboat)


  1. Various artists – Peru Rare Groove (World Music Network)


  1. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage (Qwest)


Monday 10.3.16

Night Train kicks off the October Latin Jazz feature and joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency for a ‘Monday Night at the Movies’ feature throughout the month highlighting film-related music, and marks birthdays of two NEA Jazz Masters – saxophonist Von Freeman and jazz impresario George Wein.

Tuesday 10.4.16

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Monday, October 3

Get out the popcorn because this time in the Global Village, ska and reggae go to the movies – as the show highlights movie themes done ska style along with music from reggae movies, including the classic The Harder They Come. Among the artists featured are the Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Sly & Robbie, and Madness.

Tuesday, October 4

October 7/9

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:

Former Roomful of Blues members Duke Robillard & Ronnie Earl back with new albums under their own names

Recent Blues Blast Award winners Bobby Rush and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials latest

Reissues featuring John Lee Hooker and Sam Cooke

Monday 9.26.16

Night Train marks birthdays of one of the greats of the Great American Songbook, George Gershwin (including a Gershwin Songbook special in hour two of the show), ‘cool singer’ Julie London, guitarist Vic Juris, and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Plus NO BS Brass do a tribute to Charles Mingus, and Houston Person & Ron Carter do a song on their new album written by Ira Gershwin with Kurt Weill.

Tuesday 9.27.16

Monday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Dolores Keane- one of the great voices of Irish traditional music, and Brazilian tropicalia singer Gal Costa. Plus more brass band music for the September feature from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and new music from the Peru Rare Groove compilation, Richard Bona, and Jean-Guihen Queyras and friends on Thrace.

Tuesday, September 27