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.


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The Bots perform in The Current studio

Fresh from their gig at Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday and gearing up for a show tonight in the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights, Los Angeles duo the Bots stopped into The Current's studio to play some songs and to talk with Mark Wheat.

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Glass Animals perform in The Current studio

In town for a gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Oxford-based band Glass Animals stopped in to The Current's studio on the fourth day of their U.S. tour to play some tunes and to talk to Mark Wheat.

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Album Review: Interpol, 'El Pintor'

With a dearth of strong, mid-career, guitar-based bands around right now, it is good to have Interpol back -- refreshed and focused, making an album that more than adequately adds to their canon.

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