Jill Riley

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Jill Riley

Contact Jill Riley at jriley@mpr.org

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.


Colin Meloy of the Decemberists

The Decemberists perform in The Current studio

The Decemberists have done a Theft of the Dial, and they headlined at Rock the Garden 2009. But they'd never done a proper in-studio session at The Current until this week. Jill Riley welcomes the Portland, Ore., indie rockers into the studio for a live session and interview.

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Harmonica

9:30 Coffee Break: Harmonica Songs

As part of Member Appreciation Week, today's 9:30 Coffee Break idea comes from MPR member Deb Baker of Grand Rapids, Minn., who suggests: What songs featuring prominent harmonica parts do you want to hear? Send your requests.

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Ben Eine - Smiley Faces

9:30 Coffee Break: International Happy Day

As Pharrell Williams and the UN team up to raise climate-change awareness through International Happy Day, we're wondering what other songs about being happy you'd like to hear. Tell us your requests.

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fans at Rock n Jock Expo

Where music and sports fans mix

Jill Riley interviews Tommy Dehler and Shaun Hagglund, organizers of the Rock n Jock Expo, an event that happens Saturday, March 21. It brings together sports and music fans - particularly those who are passionate about collecting memorabilia. The event features DJs, live music and a reunion of Minnesota North Stars goalies from 1967 to 1993.

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: 'Leave' Songs

As a social media-based transport provider threatens to leave Minnesota over pending legislation, we're wondering what songs that mention "leave" or "leaving" you'd like to hear. Send us your requests.

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St Patrick's Day Parade in Albany, N.Y.

9:30 Coffee Break: Irish Blood

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, what songs by artists who are Irish or who have Irish heritage do you want to hear? Send us your requests for today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Autobiography

9:30 Coffee Break: Autobiographical Musicians

As Kim Gordon's memior reaches No. 2 in the New York Times best-seller list, Carrie Brownstein has announced her autobiography will be out later this year. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by artists who have written autobiographies would you like to hear?

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: 21st-Century Local Women

For this Friday of Women's History Month, we're looking at the Minnesota women who have been the beneficiaries of all the great musical innovators and influencers who came before them. For today's Coffee Break, what Minnesota women in music from the year 2000 to the present would you like to hear?

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selfie stick

9:30 Coffee Break: Selfie Songs

As the popular selfie stick is getting banned from a growing list of museums and cultural venues around the world, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear with 'me' or 'I' in the title. Tell us your requests.

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