Whatever the fate of North High School (which I attended 1951-54), every effort must be made to save KBEM/88.5, one of the nation's few remaining all-jazz stations which is housed at North. As we long-time KBEM members and volunteers well know, KBEM not only is the main source in this area of all genres of broadcast jazz, but the station also trains North and other MPS students in on-air broadcasting and other radio techniques. The North library contains a special section of valuable jazz books and recordings donated by KBEM and its supporters and available to students and the community.
If North cannot be KBEM's permanent home, efforts must begin now to find an alternate location, in another MPS school or perhaps a college, university or community center.
We must avoid at all costs a repeat of the tragic end of WCAL a few years ago when a misguided college board sold the license to MPR.
Those interested in learning more about how they can help KBEM may contact station manager Michele Jansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.