Mary Lucia

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Mary Lucia

Contact Mary Lucia at mlucia@mpr.org

Mary Lucia has earned a large fan base with her work as a broadcast personality, writer, actor and voice-over talent. Lucia began her media career doing evenings at REV 105, co-hosted mornings on Zone 105, and hosted a talk show, Somethin' Stupid, on 1500 KSTP.

From 1998 to 2001, she hosted the local music show Popular Creeps, a two-time Minnesota Music Award winner for "Best Locally Produced Show." For her work at The Current, Lucia has been voted best FM radio personality by City Pages seven times. In addition to her radio career, she has also appeared in commercials and in live theater productions.

Lucia likes cats and dogs more than people, wearing dead people's clothes and taking long walks off of short piers.


Interview: King Khan and BBQ

Today King Khan & BBQ's new album, Bad News Boys, releases via In the Red Records. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., King Khan and BBQ stopped by The Current studio for a thoughtful (and hilarious) chat with host Mary Lucia.

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Tweedy perform live in The Current studio

Ahead of a sold out gig at First Avenue, Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer) stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off their debut album Sukierae.

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BORNS performs live in The Current studio

Ahead of a sold out gig at the Triple Rock Social Club with MisterWives and Handsome Ghost, BØRNS stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off his debut EP Candy, plus a special Lesley Gore cover.

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Noel Gallagher

Interview: Noel Gallagher

On the day that his new album Chasing Yesterday releases under his High Flying Birds moniker, Noel Gallagher phoned Mary Lucia from London to chat about the new record.

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The Districts perform in The Current studio

The members of the Districts met in their hometown of Lititz, Pa., and began making a name for themselves in Philadelphia's music scene. Their most recent album, 'A Flourish and a Spoil,' was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn. ""It was awesome," says front man Rob Grote. "We put on some Nirvana and went swimming." Listen to The Districts full session with Mary Lucia.

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JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

The same week his latest record, 'Let the Good Times Roll', is released, JD McPherson and his band stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Asked why his music has so many fans in Minnesota, JD says, 'Minnesotans are very intelligent and sensitive, artistic people, with the highest level of taste.' Listen to the full in-studio session.

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Wayne Coyne and Mary Lucia State Fair 2006

#Current10 Memories: Mary Lucia

As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Mary Lucia shares one of her favorite recollections, a story of Wayne Coyne, the State Fair, tornado sirens and squeegees.

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Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studio

In town for a couple of shows at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Brandi Carlile and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their forthcoming record, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter.' The session features the live radio premieres of three new songs, including one about which Carlile says, "It's my favorite song on the album, probably my favorite song ever."

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