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.


The Black Keys

The Chart Show: Black Keys get their own burger, hold on to #1

The Black Keys hold on to the top spot again this week, which might pale in comparison to another sign of their success: Umami restaurant chain in California has honored the band with its own burger! For every purchase, $1 will be donated to the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund.

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett performs live in The Current studio

Before making her Minnesota debut with a sold out show at the Varsity Theater, Aussie Courtney Barnett stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs off A Sea of Split Peas. Between songs, Barnett and host Mark Wheat talked about her charming, quirky lyrics, what it was like touring with Billy Bragg and, of course, the World Cup.

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The Chart Show: The Black Keys' 'Fever' rises

Jack White lost again to his nemesis the Black Keys for this week's top spot, but he seems to be winning friends with his live show. Rolling Stone described his Los Angeles performance, "like watching Led Zeppelin play the Grand Ole Opry: raw blues power, finesse and a generous helping of fiddle." That didn't stop Jack dissing the venerable rag on stage at the huge Bonnaroo Festival last weekend. "Does a tabloid like Rolling Stone make music happen?" he asked the crowd. "You and I make it exist!"

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Ian McLagan

Ian McLagan performs in the Current's studios

Ian McLagan is a living legend of popular music. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Small Faces and the Faces, McLagan has played with the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and any number of other musical luminaries.

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On the Ball with Mark Wheat: World Cup - USA v Ghana

As Group G begins its matches, Mark Wheat gives a preview of today's USA v Ghana match, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Mark will be at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis during the game, and he'll be checking in on-air with Mary Lucia and with Mac Wilson.

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Eagulls perform in The Current studio

In town to play a gig at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Eagulls stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Mark Wheat and to play some tracks off their self-titled, debut release.

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