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KBEM Radio

Dept. of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

North High School

Phil Nussbaum

Nusbaum has had lifelong interests in radio and vernacular music. He was Chief Announcer and Sports Director at his college radio station, WCCR (City College of New York). Later, he took the Ph.D. at Indiana University and en route, presented folk music at WFIU in Bloomington, IN. Later he presented folk music at KUNI-FM (Cedar Falls, Iowa) where he led a remote recording team and produced a weekly live music show that featured midwestern jazz and folk music acts.  As the folk arts program associate at the Minnesota State Arts Board, Nusbaum produced 26 radio modules documenting the state's cultures, and co-edited a series of recordings documenting Minnesota's folk music traditions. Since 1993, he has served as the host of KBEM-FM's Bluegrass Saturday Morning show, and he also hosts the Bluegrass Review, a one-hour weekly program heard on 30+ markets in North America. He teaches broadcasting at McNally Smith School of Music and serves as a mentor in the program in radio at North Community High School in Minneapolis. 

Jerry Shannon

Shannon has been teaching first-yearcomposition since 2000. He taught at community colleges in Iowa and Minnesota before starting his current position, a teaching specialist in first-year writing at the University of Minnesota, in 2004. He is especially interested in technology and service learning. His current courses focus on food, urban studies, and consumerism. He is a resident of North Minneapolis and played jazz extensively in college as a trumet player.

David Sylvestre

David Sylvestre teaches in the Digital Media Program at North Community High School in Minneapolis.  He brings a range of media production capabilities to the  educational program at North.  His media production experience comes from owning his own video production company for 10 years and producing informational / educational video and audio programs for such clients as St Paul Schools, Medtronic, The Mcknight Foundation and General Mills.  He worked for a for a video game company working for 6 years where he designed and edited video and graphics for clients such as Disney and Viacom.  As a team member in the art department, he created video, audio and graphic assets for a variety of video games targeted for audiences from teens to adults. He is in the midst of a masters in education program at The University of St. Thomas.  David will soon complete the teacher certification degree within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Communications Media at the U of M.