Jim McGuinn

Program Director, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Jim McGuinn

Contact Jim McGuinn at jmcguinn@mpr.org

Jim McGuinn joined 89.3 The Current in January 2009 as Program Director and on-air host, moving to the Twin Cities from Philadelphia and WXPN. Ever since seeing the Clash during his first concert, McGuinn has been hooked on rock 'n' roll-whether he was working on radio programming, playing guitar, bass, and lapsteel in a long list of bands, or teaching university level courses such as "Rock and Roll Cinemaā€¯ at Drexel University. McGuinn has received numerous accolades for his innovative programming, including the 2008 Best AAA Air Personality, and being named the 2009-2013 Program Director of Year for Non-Commercial AAA at the FMQB Triple A Conference while leading The Current to win Station of the Year 2009-2014. He loves the smell of vinyl in the morning, and lives in Saint Paul with his wife Christine, son Jameson, and Woody and Webster, two gray cats.

Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Unconventional Singers

Last Friday, we celebrated music's great voices. In the wake of that, listener Bob in St. Paul suggested a Coffee Break of idiosyncratic voices. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature an unconventional or unique singing voice? Send us your requests.

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Adele at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

9:30 Coffee Break: Great Vocalists

An album getting a lot of attention today is Adele's latest, '25'. Adele is one of music's great singers. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature great vocal performances? Send us your requests.

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Carly Simon sings at

9:30 Coffee Break: Celebrity Songs

Carly Simon revealed this week that the second verse of her 1972 hit, 'You're So Vain,' is indeed about Warren Beatty. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are about or that name-check celebrities? Send us your requests.

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President Obama Awards Allen Toussaint

The legacy of Allen Toussaint

R&B legend Allen Toussaint died Tuesday, Nov. 10, of an apparent heart attack after a concert in Madrid. He was 77 years old. The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, shares a personal reflection on Toussaint's life and career.

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Mary Lucia with Lefty and Crash

Welcome back, Mary Lucia

Exciting news to share! We are really happy to welcome our friend, Mary Lucia, back to The Current's airwaves. Read a message from Program Director Jim McGuinn and a letter from Mary herself.

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U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan

9:30 Coffee Break: Navy Day

Oct. 27 is Navy Day in the United States. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are about boats, ships or other maritime themes? Send us your requests.

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Herald Square traffic in New York City

9:30 Coffee Break: Traffic Sounds

Listener Anita from Chanhassen, Minn., suggested a Coffee Break of songs with traffic noise in them. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that include traffic noise, sirens, car horns, etc.? Send us your requests.

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The Current microphone

Heads up: A programming change on The Current

Our friend and colleague David Campbell has resigned from his job as host of the Local Show and Radio Free Current, and decided to move on and explore other opportunities. His resignation is effective immediately.

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weed jacket at Manuels in Nashville

Meeting Manuel: a bedazzling visit with a Nashville legend

Manuel Cuevas is a superstar of clothing design: his suits have graced stages and album covers; several of his works are enshrined in museums. On a recent visit to Nashville, The Current's Jim McGuinn got to meet Manuel and hear about his life, 'a documentary waiting to happen.' Read about Jim's visit with Manuel, and see photos of Jim in some of Manuel's one-of-a-kind designs.

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