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.

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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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

9:30 Coffee Break: Floating on Air

A huge hot-air balloon festival is underway in New Mexico this week. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention flight, flying or floating? Send us your requests.

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Keith Richards, 'Crosseyed Heart'

Interview: Keith Richards

On the release date of Keith Richards' solo album, 'Crosseyed Heart,' The Current's Jim McGuinn had a chance to chat with Richards. 'Crosseyed Heart' is Richards' first solo album in 23 years. 'What took me so long? Well, I've got this other band ...,' Richards jokes. Listen to the full conversation and read a transcript.

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Tommy Stinson performs in The Current studios

Just before playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Tommy Stinson stopped by The Current to play some new music (and an Arthur-Crudup-via-Elvis cover) and to talk with Jim McGuinn about his life and his bands - both his current touring band and another one you might have heard of, the Replacements.

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The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

Album of the Week: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

While some artists use the "side project" as an excuse to fly far from the nest, Dan Auerbach's new band The Arcs' release 'Yours, Dreamily' doesn't stray from the style that has made Auerbach one of the most successful rockers of the last decade.

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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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