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.


Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map, Jan. 28, 2015

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map: Jan. 28, 2015

Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. Here's a map that charts those global listeners. Not on here? Send your global-shout-out request.

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Mark Wheat's global shout-out map, Jan 21, 2015

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map: Jan. 21, 2015

Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. Here's a map that charts those global listeners. Not on here? Send your global-shout-out request.

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Mark Wheat at The Current's 8th Birthday Party

#Current10 Memories: Mark Wheat

As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. DJ Mark Wheat shares some of his favorite recollections, qualifying that his highlights over the past decade have been "innumerable, seriously beyond my wildest dreams."

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First Aid Kit

The Chart Show: New Year, new frontier

After a three week hiatus and lots of inductions to the Chart Show Hall of Fame to round out the year, we're blessed with a bumper batch of new entries. Spoon, alt-J and Ryan Adams—regular denizens of the Chart in 2014—return with new songs and four of the other eight Chart debuts (Doomtree, Belle and Sebastian, Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse) are off albums yet to be released!

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The Black Keys

The Chart Show's All-Time Hall of Fame ('09-'14)

The Current's Chart Show started mid-September of 2009. We decided to give every song a 12-week run on the Chart and then induct it into our Chart Show Hall of Fame. Over the past five years, the Hall of Fame has become a good gauge of what artists that you, our listeners, know and love.

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