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. 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 Chicago’s NPR affiliate. It was here where she hosted a jazz show and a world music show (the latter being one of the longest running world music shows in public radio). She has also served as a Music Director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues, and Latin music festivals, as well as a long-running series done in partnership with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.


At KMUW, Chris produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show heard in more than 40 states and nearly 40 countries; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. In 2020, Chris received first place in Special Program from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, as well as first place in DJ Personality Air Check for Night Train.

Chris received a Master of Arts in communication from Wichita State University. Chris is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune (where she had a weekly column), Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others. She serves as a participating critic in several Best of the Year polls, including DownBeat, NPR Jazz, Transglobal World Music Chart and fRoots.

Ways to Connect

  1. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
  2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away  (ECM)
  3. Ed Cherry - It's All Good (Posi-Tone)
  4. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
  5. Denise Donatelli - Soul Shadows (Savant)
  6. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
  7. Brubeck Brothers - Life Times (Blue Forest)
  8. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
  9. Julian Shore - Filaments (Tone Rogue)
  10. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)

  1. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)
  2. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)
  3. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  4. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  5. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  8. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  9. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
  10. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
  11. Chris O'Leary Band - Waitin

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

  1. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  2. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon)
  3. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  4. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  5. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
  6. Paco de Lucia - En Vivo (Decca)
  7. Enzo Avitabile - Black Tarantella (CNI Music)
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
  9. The Funkees - Dancing Time (Soundway)
  10. KonKoma - Konkoma (Soundway)
  11. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
  12. The So

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin and Chris Heim run down the best in music for 2012 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, blues and books about music.

Crossroads Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.

Night Train Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Barron - Wisteria (ECM)
  2. Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital - Yes!

1. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
3. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
4. Carlos Nunez - Discover (Sony Music)
5. Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona - Folkpolitik (Finis Terre)
6. Tito Puente - Quatro (Sony Music/Latin)
7. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
8. Mary Jane Lamond/Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn (Turtlemusik)
9. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
10. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

1. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
2. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio - Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
5. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
7. Kurt Elling - 1619 Broadway (Concord)
8. Kevin Coelho - Funkengruven (Chicken Coup)
9. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
10. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
11. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)