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 bass, or teaching university level courses such as "Rock and Roll Cinema and Radio History" at Drexel University. McGuinn has received numerous accolades for his innovative programming, including the 2008 Best AAA Air Personality by Radio and Records and being named the 2010 and 2011 Program Director of Year for Non-Commercial AAA at the FMQB Triple A Conference.


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Cutting a single in record time

The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, follows in the steps of Neil Young and cuts a vinyl recording in the booth at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tenn.

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Album Review: Jeremy Messersmith, 'Heart Murmurs'

Jeremy Messersmith's new album expands on the sound of his previous work, with more propulsion in the drums, more deft deployment of strings, more muscle in the guitars and more great songs from Minnesota's current (and Current) favorite son.

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Musicheads Essentials: The Replacements, 'Let It Be'

Essential as breathing to musicheads and to anyone alive, Let It Be sums up the Replacements — from the iconic cover photo to the last cacophonous note. If the Replacements never recorded another song, their reputation and impact would still be massive.

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Teenage Kicks: MTV Glory Days

Teenage Kicks salutes the MTV music video glory days

MTV might not be your go-to for finding the best new music videos anymore (or music for that matter -- we've got you covered there), but the Music Television channel did have its glory days. This week on Teenage Kicks, Program Director and your host Jim McGuinn features tracks with the best videos from the first five years of MTV's broadcast infancy.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Album Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - 'That's It!'

It's weird to say, but That's It!, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future.

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