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

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map, Jan. 28, 2015
Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. Here's a map that charts those global listeners. Not on here? Send your global-shout-out request. (01/28/2015)
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alt-J are back on top this week; the highest new entry this week is from Beck; Sleater-Kinney drop off the Chart along with the Black Keys, Conor Oberst and Brandi Carlile. (01/21/2015)
Mark Wheat's global shout-out map, Jan 21, 2015
Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. Here's a map that charts those global listeners. Not on here? Send your global-shout-out request. (01/21/2015)
As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. DJ Mark Wheat shares some of his favorite recollections, qualifying that his highlights over the past decade have been "innumerable, seriously beyond my wildest dreams." (01/17/2015)
First Aid Kit stay on top for the third week in a row; Modest Mouse make the biggest jump on the Chart this week, up 16 places; back after a month's absence is Sleater-Kinney at #20. Here's this week's Chart Show recap! (01/14/2015)
Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. This map is a fun record of those global listeners. (01/14/2015)
After a three week hiatus and lots of inductions to the Chart Show Hall of Fame to round out the year, we're blessed with a bumper batch of new entries. Spoon, alt-J and Ryan Adams—regular denizens of the Chart in 2014—return with new songs and four of the other eight Chart debuts (Doomtree, Belle and Sebastian, Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse) are off albums yet to be released! (01/07/2015)
The Current's Chart Show started mid-September of 2009. We decided to give every song a 12-week run on the Chart and then induct it into our Chart Show Hall of Fame. Over the past five years, the Hall of Fame has become a good gauge of what artists that you, our listeners, know and love. (12/24/2014)
This is the <em>final</em> Chart Show of the year as the last two Wednesdays of the year are big holiday eves. Fittingly, it is First Aid Kit who jump back to the top, alt-J are inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame and Weezer bounce back with "Lonely Girl" in at #20. (12/17/2014)
Sleater-Kinney make their Chart Show debut, the War on Drugs hold steady as they top year-end list after year-end list and the Decemberists see a big bump as they nearly sell out their upcoming March 24 Minneapolis gig at Northrop. (12/10/2014)
McLagan had been making and releasing music under his own name for 35 years, and he stopped by the Current's studios as he released his tenth solo album, 'United States'. (12/03/2014)
Instead of trying to rank my list by merit -- which is always impossible for me -- I sequence them as if it's a mix tape, on vinyl; Album of the Year 2014. (12/01/2014)
Lizzo and Caroline Smith, the local dynamic duo are at #1 for the third time and are set to be inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame next week. Robert Plant is inducted to the Hall of Fame for the first time ever. Hozier's "Jackie and Wilson" is the highest new entry at #6. (11/26/2014)
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 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)