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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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)
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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)
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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)
Ryan Adams tops the Chart on the back of being our Album of the Week. Jim McGuinn suggests in his review of the self-titled album that Ryan has a deep connection with another recently re-energized rocker, Tom Petty. (09/24/2014)
After a couple of weeks hiatus, First Aid Kit return to the top for the second week holding off a strong surge by the New Pornographers, who just <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/56709-new-pornographers-drummer-kurt-dahle-leaves-band/">lost founding drummer Kurt Dahle</a>, and a very high new entry by Interpol, who seem to have overcome the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6244100/interpol-el-pintor-track-by-track-album-review-2014">loss of their iconic bassist Carlos Dengler</a>! (09/17/2014)
Fresh from their gig at Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday and gearing up for a show tonight in the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights, Los Angeles duo the Bots stopped into The Current's studio to play some songs and to talk with Mark Wheat. (09/15/2014)
Massive response this week &#151; more votes than any other week of the year! Trampled By Turtles fans hoping to win VIP Festival Palomino tickets helped the Duluthians stay at the top by a comfortable margin, and thereby get inducted to our <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/03/28/chart-show-hall-of-fame">Chart Show Hall of Fame</a>, along with Spoon. (09/10/2014)
In town for a gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Oxford-based band Glass Animals stopped in to The Current's studio on the fourth day of their U.S. tour to play some tunes and to talk to Mark Wheat. (09/09/2014)