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.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Why and when The Current will play the song, 'S.O.B.'

For the past few weeks, the song 'S.O.B.' by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats has generated endless conversation around the offices of The Current without ever being played on the radio. Program Director Jim McGuinn shares the reasoning behind the station's decision to add the song to the playlist, and the careful approach to when the song will air.

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Still from Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' video

Teenage Kicks celebrates the music video

This week's episode of 'Teenage Kicks' celebrates the music video with a playlist built around the greatest MTV music videos of all time. Check out these samples and share some of your own favorites. And be sure to listen to 'Teenage Kicks' with Jim McGuinn on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

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Elvis Costello

Musicheads Essential Artists: Elvis Costello

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists and today we're highlighting Elvis Costello.

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Jim McGuinn and Mike Scott

Mike Scott captures an American swagger

To record the Waterboys' latest album, 'Modern Blues', Mike Scott decamped to Nashville. 'I wanted to do it with an American swagger,' Scott explains, 'so I brought in the players from Nashville and from Muscle Shoals, and I think I pulled it off.' Scott stopped at The Current to talk to Jim McGuinn ahead of his show at First Avenue . . . where a 'Purple Rain' cover may just be in the offing.

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Blur, 'The Magic Whip'

Album Review: Blur, 'The Magic Whip'

When Blur found themselves stranded after the cancellation of a Japanese festival, they killed time by booking time in a Hong Kong studio, laying down the bulk of what would turn into 'The Magic Whip'. The end result is a record that stands among Blur's best post-'Parklife' work.

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