Mark Wheat

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
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.


Mark Wheat Feature Archive

Big Data, Alan Wilkis
Ahead of their sold out show in the First Avenue mainroom with Fitz and the Tantrums, Big Data stopped by The Current to chat with host Mark Wheat and to record tracks off their latest record live in our studio. (11/21/2014)
The New Pornographers
The New Pornographers have ended their 12-week run on the Chart Show by going out at #1 and being inducted into the Hall of Fame! (11/19/2014)
Nikki Lane-1
"Men seem to only notice when a woman is talking once she starts yelling," Nikki Lane tells Mark Wheat, but she never has to yell at Mark; instead, the two share some great stories and good laughs as Nikki Lane and her band stop by The Current's studio ahead of a show tonight (with Jamestown Revival and Hollow Wood) at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. (11/18/2014)
The dynamic duo that is Lizzo and Caroline Smith are back on top this week and Caroline is celebrating with a new video for the title track off her last year's <em>Half About Being a Woman</em>. She shows some admirable acting chops in the video &#151; when are this pair going to get their own TV show?! (11/12/2014)
The New Pornographers make it to the top of The Current's chart this week; Robert Plant and Chastity Brown climb five spots; Weezer and Doomtree are inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. (11/05/2014)
In April 2015, Mark Wheat is hosting a trip to London, so he's been thinking a lot about British bands. As a result, he's put together a playlist of songs by some artists most associated with London. (10/27/2014)
alt-J jump to the top this week on a flood of excitement for a chance to win tickets to their show at Myth Nightclub on Halloween. What will their fans dress up as, I wonder? (10/22/2014)
On tour in support of their second full-length, 'Harlequin Dream', Sydney-based Boy & Bear stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. (10/22/2014)
The Rural Alberta Advantage are in town for a show at the First Avenue Mainroom, touring in support of their new album, 'Mended with Gold'. The group stopped by The Current studio to play some tunes and to chat with Mark Wheat. (10/17/2014)
In town in support of their album, <i>Into the Wide</i>, Delta Spirit visited The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat. (10/16/2014)
Last week Lizzo performed "Bus Passes and Happy Meals" on the <em>Late Show with David Letterman</em>. Her big TV date with Letterman might have helped her and Caroline Smith climb to #1! (10/15/2014)
Not long ago, Jillian Banks was cutting her teeth at Los Angeles open-mics, but just last week, she played a sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Singer-songwriter BANKS stopped in to The Current studio to perform some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat. (10/13/2014)
In town opening for Pixies, the UK's Royal Blood stopped by The Current's studio to record a session and to chat with host Mark Wheat about their sudden success around their self-titled debut that released Aug. 25, 2014 in the States. (10/13/2014)
Big week for Hozier! He holds on to the top spot for a second week and will be the musical guest on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> this weekend! He has already sold out his first Minnesota show at First Avenue on Feb. 20. (10/08/2014)
Our new #1 this week, Hozier, is seemingly set to be the biggest breakout star of the year. Like Lorde last year, he's "crossing over," meaning he's won over fans across a multiple range of platforms and tastes. (10/01/2014)