Mark Wheat

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

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.


Twerps perform in The Current studio

Twerps perform in The Current studio

Dubbed 'the best new band in Australia' by Uncut magazine, Melbourne four-piece Twerps stopped in to The Current studio to play some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat before playing the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. Listen to the songs and hear how a cover band from Wisconsin threatened the Australians into dropping the word 'the' from their name.

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Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

Interview: Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry

The National guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner and multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire chatted with host Mark Wheat about two unique shows at the Walker Art Center as a part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series.

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Mark Wheat's global shout-out map, April 2, 2015

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out is now a daily feature! Listen each weekday at 8:30 p.m., as Mark Wheat sends a shout-out to people listening to The Current's stream around the world. Check out the map to see just where those listeners are.

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Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White performs live in The Current studio

Ahead of a gig at the 7th St. Entry, Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Records cohorts Cameron Ralston (bass), Pinson Chanselle (drums) and Alan Parker (guitar) stopped by The Current to perform tracks off his new record Fresh Blood and to chat with host Mark Wheat.

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Walk the Moon perform in The Current studio

Ahead of playing two sold-out shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Cincinnati band Walk the Moon stopped by The Current to play a couple songs and to talk to Mark Wheat. As the name suggests, Walk the Moon are heavily influenced by the Police. But it was an album by the Killers that convinced front man Nicholas Petricca that playing music was what he wanted to do.

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