Jill Riley

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Jill Riley

Contact Jill Riley at jriley@mpr.org

Jill Riley co-hosts The Morning Show on The Current with Brian Oake, 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.


Edmund Fitzgerald

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs Inspired by Actual Events

It's the birthday of singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who wrote 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'; the song tells the story of an iron-ore ship that sank in Lake Superior 40 years ago this month. For today's Coffee Break, what songs based on actual events would you like to hear?

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Londo French Community Grieves After Paris Attack

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Paris

Following Friday's attacks in Paris, among the many things to which people turn for comfort is music. There are songs that express empathy, hope and solidarity. What message would you like to send, and what song does that for you? Let us know. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs for Paris do you want to hear?

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Tech Dump electronics recycling

9:30 Coffee Break: Recycled Songs

Sunday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, a nationwide effort to increase recycling awareness and to inform citizens about how to recycle various items. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what recycled songs -- aka cover tunes -- would you like to hear? Send us your requests.

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs about Giving

Today is Give to the Max Day, a 24-hour online giving spree that has become a big day for Minnesota schools and nonprofits. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention 'give' or 'giving'? Send us your requests.

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Veterans Day

9:30 Coffee Break: Musicians Who Served

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, a day that honors everyone who has served in the military. Also observed in other countries (often as Remembrance Day), we're thinking about musicians who have done military service. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by musicians who have served in the military? Send us your requests.

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Allen Toussaint

9:30 Coffee Break: Remembering Allen Toussaint

Legendary musician, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died today at age 77. To honor his memory, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that were performed, written or produced by Allen Toussaint? Send us your requests.

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Mary Lucia with Lefty and Crash

9:30 Coffee Break: Soundtrack to Mary

Today at 2 p.m., our friend Mary Lucia returns to the airwaves; let's welcome her back with music: For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have 'Mary' in the title or lyrics? Send us your requests.

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Minnesota RollerGirls All-Star team practices

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Roller Derby

This weekend, St. Paul hosts the best teams in women's roller derby for the 2015 International Women's Flat Track Derby Association championships. Roller derby and music go hand in hand, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear to create a great roller derby soundtrack? Send us your requests.

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Honeycrisp Apples

9:30 Coffee Break: Apples

Although a New York Times article dismissed Minnesota's Honeycrisp apple as 'soft' and its flavor as 'inconsistent,' we'd beg to differ. And for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention "apple" or "apples"? Send us your requests.

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