Jake Rudh

Host, Transmission, Minnesota Public Radio
Jake Rudh

Contact Jake Rudh at jrudh@mpr.org

Jake Rudh is host of "Transmission," the program heard on 89.3 The Current every Thursday night at 10pm. Jake has worked in music for over 20 years most recently with alternative favorites REV 105 and Radio K. For the past 10 years, he has been voted "best club DJ" in the Twin Cities by the readers of City Pages magazine and brings the varied mix of the club nights to the airwaves each Thursday night with a different theme to the show. Being named after the Joy Division classic, the program is heavily centered around new wave and British pop and Jake will often host in-studio sessions and interview musicians from those worlds...most recently Adam Ant, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music, Duran Duran's John Taylor, Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, synth-pioneer Thomas Dolby, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, and Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz.


Jake Rudh

Transmission's 15 songs for 15 years

As he gets ready to celebrate Transmission's 15th anniversary at First Avenue this Friday night, Jake Rudh has put together a playlist of songs from each year the club night has been in existence. These aren't just any songs; they're tunes that keep a Transmission dance floor packed.

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Transmission's Top Tracks of 2015

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of punk, post-punk, new wave, synth, power and dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are songs released in 2015 that fit that mold -- listed in no particular order with a very simple description of genre or feel.

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Transmission celebrates 'Star Wars' at First Avenue

Jake Rudh has previously celebrated the genius of John Hughes at First Avenue, but would people show up for a few hours of sci-fi action? It turns out they did. Jake provides a recap of a 'Star Wars' party at First Avenue that drew nearly 1,200 people and raised money for a good cause.

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Transmission's tribute to John Hughes

Last summer, Jake Rudh took a 'day off' and visited the Chicago area to find locations from the films of John Hughes, including 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'. Revisit Jake's film tour of Chicago, and be sure to tune in to Transmission at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, to hear some of the best songs and clips featured in many of John Hughes' now iconic films.

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Transmission's Top Tracks of 2014

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of punk, post-punk, new wave, synth, power and dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Host Jake Rudh presents his picks of the top songs released in 2014 that fit the Transmission mold.

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Jake Rudh's holiday playlist

The host of Transmission, Jake Rudh, provides a playlist of some of his favorite holiday jams as nice alternatives to the seasonal norm. Just don't ask him for any help explaining what a Cocteau Twin is to Grandma.

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Jake Rudh's Day Off: tracing the films of John Hughes

For close to a decade, I've celebrated the work of John Hughes annually by hosting club events where I play iconic clips and unforgettable songs throughout ... but now it was time to go see where all the magic happened and visit the actual filming locations of many of these beloved movies.

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Transmission's Top Tracks of 2013

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of post-punk, new wave, synth, power & dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are DJ Jake Rudh's picks for the top songs of 2013.

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