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.


Savages, 'Adore Life'

Album of the Week: Savages, 'Adore Life'

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show: Best of 2015

Happy Holidays, especially to all of you who've voted for The Chart Show this year! It's been a good one for music, don't you think? For the last two weeks of 2015, we play the most popular tunes heard on our chart this year.

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The Black Keys

The Chart Show's All-Time Hall of Fame ('09-'15)

The Current's Chart Show started mid-September of 2009. We decided to give every song a 10-week run on the Chart and then induct it into our Chart Show Hall of Fame. Over the past six years, the Hall of Fame has become a good gauge of what artists that you, our listeners, know and love.

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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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