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

January 20/22

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites from the past year, including John Long and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters (in tribute also to the band’s bassist who just passed away). Plus a look at this year’s Maple Blues Awards nominees, perhaps the most prestigious blues awards in Canada.  Winners are announced this Monday and the show highlights nearly all of the nominees, including Blue Moon Marquee, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Fat Head, Harpdog Brown and more.

Monday, January 9

As part of the January feature looking back at 2016 in world music, Global Village remembers many of the world music artists who passed away last year – including Esma, Gato Barbieri, Leonard Cohen, Angus Grant of Shooglenifty, Prince Buster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba and more.

Tuesday, January 10

January 13/15

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites and blues Grammy nominees, including Lurrie Bell, the Rolling Stones, Magic Same, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Meters and more.

Plus remembering the far too many artists who passed away last year, including Long John Hunter, Barrelhouse Chuck, Lonnie Mack, Sharon Jones, Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Candye Kane, Mose Allison and more.

Monday 1.2.17 

Night Train highlights guitarists tonight – including Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Calvin Keys, Sheryl Bailey, George Benson (from his debut as leader), the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (from their Guitar Heroes tribute album), and Frank Potenza’s salute to Joe Pass.

Tuesday 1.3.17

January 6/8

Crossroads counts down the Top 20 favorites of 2016 to kick off a month-long look back at the best of the past year. More favorites; other honorees, nominees and special projects; tributes to artists who passed away in the past year and more in store on Crossroads throughout January. For the full list of 2016 favorites from Crossroads and our other KMUW music shows, click here.

Monday, January 2

Global Village debuted on January 8, 2007 (a spin-off of a world music show that ran in Chicago from 1989-2006) and, has now become a tradition on the show at the start of every year, began with a look back at the best world music releases of the previous year.

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  1. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)


  1. Raphael Wressnig/Igo Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)


  1. Trudy Lynn – I’ll Sing the Blues for You (Connor Ray)


  1. Bobby Blue Bland – The Singles Collection 1951-1962 (Acrobat)


  1. Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside (Big Records)


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  1. Mike LeDonne – That Feelin’ (Savant)


  1. Shirley Horn – Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)


  1. Bill Evans – Some Other Time (Resonance)


  1. Erroll Garner – Ready Take One (Octave Music/Legacy)


  1. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – I Want That Sound! (Innova)


  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)


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  1. Vaudou Game – Kidayo (Hot Casa)


  1. Michel Camilo & Tomatito – Spain Forever (Verve)


  1. Various artists – Mr. Bongo Record Club Volume One (Mr. Bongo)


  1. The Olympians – The Olympians (Daptone)


  1. Damakase – Gunfan Yellem! (Captain Pouch)


  1. Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra – Del Ebro Al Danubio (BGKO/Diggers Music)