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, synth-pioneer Thomas Dolby and Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz.


The Raveonettes Wishing You a Rave Christmas

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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New wave pioneer Adam Ant talks with Jake Rudh

Jake Rudh had a chance to chat with Adam Ant about his sixth studio album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter just in time for his performance at Mill City Nights September 1.

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OMD versus Pet Shop Boys

New Synth Song Select with DJ Jake Rudh: Pet Shop Boys or OMD?

Transmission is not only a defender of synth, but a preserver. That is why I come before you today wearing a DEVO energy dome and a TRON jumpsuit asking for your assistance to make a stand for the synth. You're first act of allegiance? Deciding which of these new tracks by classic alternative artists (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark or the Pet Shop Boys) you feel deserves more airtime on Transmission.

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Jake Rudh's Top 12" Extended Remixes

A lot of people think the record industry made 12" vinyl singles just so songs could be longer. To an extent, that's true, but there's a more nuanced history to it than that. At 10 p.m. on July 18 Jake Rudh will play a selection of tracks that not only made the dance floors swell back in the 80s, but continue to do so on the Transmission dance floor today.

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Transmission's Top Songs of 2012

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of post-punk, new wave, synth, power & dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are Jake Rudh's picks for the top Transmission songs of 2012.

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