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.


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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The Cribs perform at South by Southwest 2015

Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running

Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday.

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Bob Mould

Interview: Bob Mould

Ahead of two nights of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Bob Mould stopped by The Current's studio for a live on-air chat with Jim McGuinn. "Coming back to the Twin Cities is always a great experience for me, this is my music home," Mould says, "so the expectations are always pretty high." Listen to the complete interview.

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Jim McGuinn

#Current10 Memories: Jim McGuinn

As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Program Director Jim McGuinn shares some of his favorite recollections, from Rock the Cradle to Rock the Garden to meeting some musical legends.

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