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.


Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

Album of the Week: Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'

For their fourth studio album, Cage the Elephant recruited producer Dan Auerbach, creating an album the veers from sonic spontaneity to taut spaciousness to lyrical astuteness. These intimate and powerful songs rock -- and Cage the Elephant deliver them with moxie.

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Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland was 'one of the most fascinating frontmen'

The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, shares his thoughts about the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman, who died in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 3, 2015. 'STP were one of the great bands of the '90s,' McGuinn writes. 'The songs and Weiland's vocal performances totally hold up. ... Through recordings, we are always able to return to the artist at the moment of their greatness.'

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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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