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

February 17/19

The February feature, exploring the blues side of the Rolling Stones continues with their covers of Slim Harpo and Jay McShann songs, music from such influences as Slim Harpo and Muddy Water, and in hour two, part two of a special about the blues and the Stones – Got Blues If You Want It.

Also more music from this year’s Blues Music Awards nominees, including Sugaray Rayford, Pinetop Perkins with Jimmy Rogers, and the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue. And the latest from Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and Levee Town.

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.


Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday 2.6.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Marley. Hour one of the show features jazz versions of Marley songs from Charlie Hunter, Monty Alexander, Rebel Tumbao and Richard Bona with Michael Brecker, while hour two is devoted to a special about Marley’s life and music. Plus music from February featured artist Al DiMeola and from Benny Golson, who is in town Friday for a Master Class at WSU that is free and open to the public. (Duerkson C104, 11 a.m.)

Monday, February 6

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley with music from his classic recordings and a wide range of covers of his songs from such artists as I-Three members Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Tiken Jah Fakoly (from his recent Racines album), The Gladiators, Bunny Wailer, Rebel Tumbao and The String Cheese Incident.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music from Bob Marley tonight for his birthday.)

Tuesday, February 7

February 10/12

Throughout February, Crossroads explores the blues side of the Rolling Stones – highlighting the more blues oriented songs and covers they’ve done, the original versions of songs they covered, and the blues artists who influenced and inspired them. This time Chuck Berry and Rufus Thomas covers from two early albums from the Stones, and in hour two of the show, part one of a two part special about the blues and the Rolling Stones.  Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Trudy Lynn, JW-Jones and more.

KMUW Music will be celebrating the birthday of Bob Marley. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 6, for the special features. (That's five hours of Marley. Ya mon.)


Show times for Monday, February 6:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Album Cover Art

1. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Maxwell Street (Stony Plain) 

2. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)

3. Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

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

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

6. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)

7. Joey Gilmore Band – Respect the Blues (Mosher St. Records)

Album Cover Art

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

2. Bollywood Brass Band – Carnatic Connection (Bollywood Brass Band)

3. Anda Union – Homeland (Hohot)

4. Clinton Fearon – This Morning (Boogie Brown Productions)

5. Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Madjafalao (Because Music)

6. Damakase – Gunfan Yellem! (Captain Pouch)

7. Orkesta Mendoza - Vamos a Guarachar (Glitterbeat)

Album Cover Art

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

2. Tom Harrell – Something Gold, Something Blue (High Note)

3. Abbey Lincoln – Love Having You Around (High Note)

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

5. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)

6. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – Nearness (Nonesuch)

7. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)

8. Joey Alexander – Countdown (Motema)

Monday 1.30.17

Night Train marks birthdays of vibes and piano Buddy Montgomery (including guest appearances with his brother Wes, the Riverside Reunion Band and Bobby Hutcherson), soul jazz organist Hank Marr, and jazz oud pioneer Ahmed Abdul Malik. Plus more of the Best of 2016 as we wrap up the January feature – this time from Abbey Lincoln, Charles Lloyd, and Herlin Riley, along with Grammy nominees Willie Nelson and Trio da Paz.

Tuesday 1.31.17