Mary Lucia

Mary Lucia

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
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.


Mary Lucia Feature Archive

Mary Lucia is taking a temporary leave from her hosting position with The Current. In an open letter to her listeners, Looch shares the reason she'll be off the air for a short while. (04/08/2015)
Meg Mac performs in The Current studio.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Meg Mac has been busy touring the U.S. with English electronic group Clean Bandit. She stopped in to The Current studio to talk to Mary Lucia and to perform some songs from her self-titled EP. 'It's been my dream [to be a touring musician] for a long time,' she says, 'so it feels really crazy to be in America, travelling and singing.' Listen to the complete in-studio session. (04/06/2015)
Ahead of a performance at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall, Preservation Hall Jazz Band stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off their latest album <em>That's It!</em>. (03/27/2015)
Ahead of a sold out gig at Northrop opening for the Decemberists, Alvvays stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off their self-titled debut album. (03/24/2015)
Today King Khan & BBQ's new album, <em>Bad News Boys</em>, 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. (03/17/2015)
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 <em>Sukierae</em>. (03/09/2015)
Ahead of a sold out gig at the Triple Rock Social Club with MisterWives and Handsome Ghost, B&Oslash;RNS stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off his debut EP <em>Candy</em>, plus a special Lesley Gore cover. (03/06/2015)
On the day that his new album <em>Chasing Yesterday</em> releases under his High Flying Birds moniker, Noel Gallagher phoned Mary Lucia from London to chat about the new record. (03/03/2015)
Ahead of their sold out show at the Turf Club, the Lone Bellow stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mary Lucia and to perform tracks off their recently released sophomore record, <em>Then Came the Morning</em>. (03/03/2015)
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. (02/23/2015)
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. (02/14/2015)
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. (01/17/2015)
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." (12/30/2014)
Minnesota's own Doomtree visited MPR to put on an intimate and exclusive live performance as a part of their #LastBlowoutEver. "Every year, we want to outdo everything we've done," Sims says. Watch video and listen to audio of the performance, hosted by Mary Lucia. (12/17/2014)
In town for a show at First Avenue, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Originally scheduled to appear with Ian McLagan, the session includes a live version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," dedicated to McLagan. "He was a fellow who loved life," Lowe says. (12/03/2014)