Jill Riley co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Steve Seel, 6-10 a.m. She joined The Current when the station launched in 2005, fresh from her college radio station, KVSC-FM, Saint Cloud State University. She has hosted a variety of DJ timeslots on The Current, from overnights to Saturday night's "Radio Free Current" show. She is also known as Savage Animal of the Minnesota RollerGirls' Garda Belts team.
If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break?
With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs.
The Sound Unseen film festival begins tonight at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., and the festival opens with 'Heaven Adores You', an intimately told documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Ahead of tonight's screening, Jill Riley spoke with the film's director, Nickolas Rossi. "[Smith's] music is still so relevant 10 years after he passed away," Rossi says.
When they were in town to play a show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Austin, Texas, band Spoon stopped in to The Current's studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Jill Riley.