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

Alabama Shakes are at #1 for the third time; Florence and the Machine and Tame Impala see bumps after playing Coachella; Sufjan Stevens makes his debut; Courtney Barnett and the Punch Brothers are inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. (04/15/2015)
Twerps perform in The Current studio
Dubbed 'the best new band in Australia' by Uncut magazine, Melbourne four-piece Twerps stopped in to The Current studio to play some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat before playing the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. Listen to the songs and hear how a cover band from Wisconsin threatened the Australians into dropping the word 'the' from their name. (04/09/2015)
Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher flies high as a bird to #1; Jack White is back with a bang; local breakout stars Hippo Campus hold steady; Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling and Hot Chip are all back on the Chart. (04/08/2015)
The National guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner and multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire chatted with host Mark Wheat about two unique shows at the Walker Art Center as a part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series. (04/06/2015)
Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out is now a daily feature! Listen each weekday at 8:30 p.m., as Mark Wheat sends a shout-out to people listening to The Current's stream around the world. Check out the map to see just where those listeners are. (04/02/2015)
Ahead of a gig at the 7th St. Entry, Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Records cohorts Cameron Ralston (bass), Pinson Chanselle (drums) and Alan Parker (guitar) stopped by The Current to perform tracks off his new record <em>Fresh Blood</em> and to chat with host Mark Wheat. (04/02/2015)
Alabama Shakes return to #1; Mark Ronson is the highest new entry on The Current's Chart during a successful run on Billboard's (with a different song); Noel Gallagher pops back up; past Rock the Garden acts pop up throughout the Chart. (04/01/2015)
Ahead of playing two sold-out shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Cincinnati band Walk the Moon stopped by The Current to play a couple songs and to talk to Mark Wheat. As the name suggests, Walk the Moon are heavily influenced by the Police. But it was an album by the Killers that convinced front man Nicholas Petricca that playing music was what he wanted to do. (03/30/2015)
Father John Misty jumps to #1 ahead of sold out First Avenue show; Alvvays retired to the Chart Show Hall of Fame the week of their big Northrop gig with the Decemberists; Django Django make a debut; Modest Mouse are the highest new entry. (03/25/2015)
Fresh off a triumphant run at this year's South by Southwest, Courtney Barnett delivers the best debut of the year. (03/23/2015)
Ahead of Gang of Four's show at the Varsity Theater, founding member Andy Gill and new frontman John Sterry stopped by The Current to chat with host Mark Wheat. (03/13/2015)
Former Rock the Garden headliner jumps to #1 as this year's lineup is announced; five acts are inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame including Belle and Sebastian and Modest Mouse, who will headline this year's festival on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. (03/11/2015)
En route to SXSW and touring in support of their forthcoming full-length debut <em>My Love Is Cool</em>, London's Wolf Alice stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Mark Wheat and to perform tracks live in The Current studio. (03/11/2015)
Before their gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, The Church laughed it up with Mark Wheat and played songs from their new album 'Further/Deeper.' (03/06/2015)
Minnesota's Hippo Campus climb to #1 after signing to Grand Jury Records; Modest Mouse near first Chart Show Hall of Fame induction; new entries include Alabama Shakes, Glass Animals and Hot Chip. (03/04/2015)