Mary Lucia

Mary Lucia

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio

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

The Districts - 7
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)
Wayne Coyne and Mary Lucia State Fair 2006
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)
Host Mark Lucia shares her top 10 songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
Why did Death from Above 1979 call it quits in 2006? "Being in a band is not a natural state for a human person," is how Sebastien Grainger puts it. He and Jesse F. Keeler stopped by The Current to talk to Mary Lucia before their show tonight at First Avenue, a very big deal for a couple of Prince fans. (11/24/2014)
Asked about the title of the album, 'This is All Yours', alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton says it 'seemed to sum up our approach to making music ... we don't have the final say over what our music necessarily means or is about. We give it to other people.' In town to play a sold-out show at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minn., alt-J stopped at The Current for an acoustic set and an interview with Mary Lucia. (10/31/2014)
In town to play a solo gig at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze dropped in to The Current's broadcast studio to chat with Mary Lucia about his projects past and present. (10/14/2014)
In town as one of four bands featured in the Communion Club Tour, which comes to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis tonight, Milwaukee-based Field Report stopped at The Current's studio to play some songs off their latest album, 'Marigolden', and to chat with Mary Lucia. (10/14/2014)
Touring in support of <em>Commonwealth</em>, their 13th studio release, Toronto rock pioneers Sloan stopped by The Current to record an in-studio and to chat with host Mary Lucia before their gig at St. Paul's Turf Club. (10/10/2014)
Touring in support of their new album, 'Swimmin' Time', Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- aka Shovels & Rope -- stopped by The Current studio to play some tunes and to talk with Mary Lucia. (10/10/2014)
In town to play at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Townes Earle stopped in to The Current for a warm and very open conversation with Mary Lucia. (09/25/2014)
In town for a show at the 7th Street Entry on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Toronto rockers Zeus stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mary Lucia. (09/23/2014)