Mark Wheat

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Mark Wheat

Contact Mark Wheat at mwheat@mpr.org

Mark Wheat grew up near Cambridge, England, where he regularly listened to the late great BBC DJ John Peel. Like Peel, Wheat came to the USA to start his radio career. Emigrating in 1983, Wheat lived in St. Louis, in Kure Beach, N.C., and in Hoboken, N.J. It was while living in Hoboken that Wheat learned how to push the buttons at the legendary free-form station WFMU.

After moving to the Twin Cities in 1992, Wheat volunteered at community radio station KFAI and created Local Sound Department, playing only Minnesota music. Wheat spent 18 months at commercial station Zone 105, hosting Across The Pond, a weekly show playing music from all over the world. In 1998, he became Director of Student Programming at the University of Minnesota's Radio K, and created a weekly magazine show, The Music Lovers Club.

Since The Current launched in 2005, Wheat has hosted weekdays 6 to 10 p.m., including The Chart Show on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Wheat lives in downtown Minneapolis with his wife, Maren Kloppmann, who operates her own ceramics studio and gallery in the North East Arts District. Wheat became a U.S. citizen in September 2012.


Trampled By Turtles

The Chart Show: Trampled By Turtles remain on top

It's the third week in a row at the top for locals Trampled By Turtles, but otherwise we had a broad culling of Minnesota talent from the list this week, with Atmosphere, John Mark Nelson and Haley Bonar all falling off the Chart.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: A New Season

In his final On the Ball blog post, Mark Wheat gives a preview of the Premier League season that begins this weekend, along with tips on how to watch and even an invitation to join a fantasy league. He also describes the fun he's had writing this and explains why he's decided to draw a line under it.

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PHOX perform live in The Current studio

Baraboo, Wis., six-piece PHOX have enjoyed a meteoric rise since the release of their 2013 EP 'Confetti'. In town to play a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry, PHOX visited The Current's studio for the first time, where they played some songs and chatted with Mark Wheat.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: A Gorgeous Day in the Neighborhood

The Twin Cities got a taste of the Premier League when defending champs Manchester City visited the TCF Bank Stadium to take on Greek champions Olympiacos, just ahead of Minnesota United taking on Ottawa FC. Plus a music selection from someone who may support Liverpool (maybe?).

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