Mark Wheat

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

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First Aid Kit take the top spot for the first time in Chart Show history, Jenny Lewis shot back up to #2 and Doomtree solidify their spot in the top 5 the week that their <a href="http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/doomtree-releasing-500-page-career-spanning-photo-book/">mammoth 500-page photo book</a> releases! (08/27/2014)
Trampled By Turtles
Strong showing for the locals this week. Can we still call Bon Iver local? Justin's song for the movie <em>Wish I Was Here</em> jumps up to #3 and Trampled By Turtles maintain control of the top for the fourth week in a row. (08/20/2014)
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Just before playing a show at the 7th Street Entry, Strand of Oaks stopped by The Current studio to play some songs and to talk to Mark Wheat about songs that simply "needed to be written." (08/20/2014)
It's the third week in a row at the top for locals Trampled By Turtles, but otherwise we had a broad culling of Minnesota talent from the list this week, with Atmosphere, John Mark Nelson and Haley Bonar all falling off the Chart. (08/13/2014)
In his final On the Ball blog post, Mark Wheat gives a preview of the Premier League season that begins this weekend, along with tips on how to watch and even an invitation to join a fantasy league. He also describes the fun he's had writing this and explains why he's decided to draw a line under it. (08/11/2014)
Spoon get a big bump up the Chart as their new album <em>They Want My Soul</em> is released &#151; we made it our <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/08/04/album-review-spoon-they-want-my-soul">Album of the Week</a>. In her review, Mary Lucia suggested that, as a long time fan of the band, she regards "Rent I Pay" to be their best song ever. (08/06/2014)
Baraboo, Wis., six-piece PHOX have enjoyed a meteoric rise since the release of their 2013 EP 'Confetti'. In town to play a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry, PHOX visited The Current's studio for the first time, where they played some songs and chatted with Mark Wheat. (08/05/2014)
The Twin Cities got a taste of the Premier League when defending champs Manchester City visited the TCF Bank Stadium to take on Greek champions Olympiacos, just ahead of Minnesota United taking on Ottawa FC. Plus a music selection from someone who may support Liverpool (maybe?). (08/04/2014)
Our new #1, Trampled By Turtles, are a "remmidemmi" band apparently! That's a German phrase for, "arms in the air, let's party!" (07/30/2014)
Mark Wheat sums up his thoughts on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, then sets the stage for the Guinness International Champions Cup match this weekend between Manchester City and Olympiacos, followed by another match between Minnesota United and Ottawa Fury. Plus: A music pick that connects a local band with the Premier League champs. (07/28/2014)
Broken Bells bounce back right to the top this week as many of you tried to win tickets to their <A href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/08/03/614/broken-bells/">Aug. 3 show at the State Theatre</a>. This is their second stop here this year in support of <em>After the Disco</em>; their tour kicked off back in Feb. with a sold out show at First Avenue. (07/23/2014)
tUnE-yArDs makes it back to the top this week as fans try to get tickets to her <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/07/17/563/tune-yards/">sold out First Avenue show July 17</a>. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, don't be fashionably late as Minneapolis' own Dosh will open for Merrill and the gang. And if you snag tickets, she's just <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/55760-tune-yards-extend-tour/">announced more gigs</a> including a show at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee Oct. 23. (07/02/2014)
As the World Cup enters the quarter-finals, Mark Wheat reflects on the tournament it's been so far, and what may lie ahead as the world watches the progression to the final. Plus, a music pick! (06/30/2014)
The Black Keys hold on to the top spot again this week, which might pale in comparison to another sign of their success: Umami restaurant chain in California has honored the band with its own burger! For every purchase, $1 will be donated to the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund. (06/25/2014)
Before making her Minnesota debut with a sold out show at the Varsity Theater, Aussie Courtney Barnett stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs off <em>A Sea of Split Peas</em>. Between songs, Barnett and host Mark Wheat talked about her charming, quirky lyrics, what it was like touring with Billy Bragg and, of course, the World Cup. (06/24/2014)