Theft of the Dial®

Every once in a while, The Current has the opportunity to bring in someone who we admire and respect enough to hand over control of the airwaves to them. Welcome to Theft of the Dial -- where you get to hear some of your (and our) heroes take over 89.3 The Current, play some of the music they love, and talk about why they chose it.

Theft of the Dial: Dan Savage


Dan Savage stopped by The Current for a Theft of the Dial

It's Pride Weekend! Dan Savage of the It Gets Better Project had a radio show on what is now KEXP from 1994-1997, so when he came to our studios, the political activist dug up his radio roots and gave us a taste of his music mind for a Theft of the Dial.

Theft of the Dial: Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions


Sound Opinions' Jim DeRogatis

Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is no stranger to listeners of the Current: he's co-host of Sound Opinions, which airs on our station every Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00. He visited our studios in April to meet with our Local Current college contributors, and while he was here he took a few minutes to talk with Barb Abney about his mentor Lester Bangs, the R. Kelly story that landed him in court, and the song that most reminds him of his time living in Minneapolis.

Theft of the Dial: St. Vincent


St. Vincent performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. April 3, 2014

Ahead of her fantastic performance at the State Theatre on April 3, St. Vincent came by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Mark Wheat.

Theft of the Dial: Sandra Bernhard


Comedian Sandra Bernhard and host Barb Abney in The Current studios.

When Sandra Bernhard came to town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club last month, the Wits alumna came by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney.

Theft of the Dial: Sean Tillman, Har Mar Superstar


Sean Tillman, popularly known as Har Mar Superstar

Har Mar Superstar is making many year-end lists with 'Bye Bye 17.' But what has Sean Tillman, the man behind the Har Mar persona, been listening to this year? Find out in another installment of Theft of the Dial.

Theft of the Dial: Mason Jennings


Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings stopped by The Current studios to play some of his favorite tunes and chat with host Mark Wheat before playing two shows at First Avenue Dec. 6 and 7.

Theft of the Dial: Neko Case


Neko Case's most recent album, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You,' was released on Sept. 3, 2013.

Neko Case came by The Current studios with a hand-picked playlist for a Theft of the Dial and chatted with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show.

Theft of the Dial: Father John Misty


Father John Misty

He may say he doesn't want to talk about his music, but Josh Tillman (a.k.a Father John Misty) has strong feelings about the music he listens to in his free time. The eclectic singer-songwriter draws his inspiration from a varity of music genres and he played us some of his current favorite songs.

Theft of the Dial: Aisha Tyler


The magnificently talented Aisha Tyler, who will perform at Wits on Friday, November, 1, 2013.

Aisha Tyler is your best friend. Or at least you want her to be. She has great taste in everything, and she's incredibly talented, too. Not only is Tyler an established director, actor, comedian and TV host, she also has an enormously successful podcast and a great music collection... so it's no big surprise that she excels at being a Theft of the Dial guest on The Current.

Theft of the Dial: Billy Bragg


Billy Bragg

Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists.