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

Broken Bells
Bouyed by their successful headlining gig at Coachella this weekend Arcade Fire are the highest new entry this week. Their set got rave reviews including a cameo by Blondie's Debbie Harry, but the band didn't give the VIP section a good review. Several other media reports suggest that it got over crowded and a tad too "inauthentic." (04/16/2014)
hull city sheffield united fa cup semifinal
A look at the drama in the FA Cup semifinals, plus a lot of drama at Anfield as Liverpool secure a big win at the top of the table (and perhaps one player was doing a bit of acting, too). Meanwhile, Mark makes a music pick from local lads Heiruspecs. (04/14/2014)
St. Vincent
Ahead of her fantastic performance at the State Theatre on April 3, St. Vincent came by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Mark Wheat. (04/10/2014)
Jeremy Messersmith consolidates his position at the top for the 5th week in total. It was a very tight race with only a hand full of votes separating the top 4. A nice jump for St. Vincent this week, perhaps because of her stellar show at State Theatre. (04/09/2014)
Mark Wheat looks at the bright prospects for Liverpool after another big win by the Reds at the weekend, plus a celebration of Leicester City's promotion and an interview excerpt from Janelle Monae, courtesy The Guardian. (04/07/2014)
Massive change on the Chart, a spring cleaning!? After five inductees to the Hall of Fame last week and Gary Clark Jr. dropping off after a two-week stay we have a record six new entries <em>and</em> a new ...or should I say renewed #1! (04/02/2014)
Mark Wheat recaps a very exciting weekend in the Premiership, and MPR's Chief Operating Officer Dave Kansas shares a report from Saturday's Arsenal v Manchester City match, which he attended in person. Plus, a music pick that celebrates Crystal Palace's win over Chelsea. (04/01/2014)
In town to play a gig at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, five-piece Brooklyn, N.Y., indie rockers Real Estate stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Atlas', and to chat with The Current's Mark Wheat. (03/27/2014)
Mark Wheat climbs the table in his fantasy league, thanks to the weekend's goal fest. Liverpool fans start singing, "We're going to win the league" on the weekend's results. And a loyal Arsenal fan shares how he became a supporter as he gets ready to travel to a game at the Emirates this coming Saturday. Plus, a music pick. (03/24/2014)
Jeremy remains on top making it 3 weeks in total for "Ghost." He was anything but a ghost for SXSW, getting good reviews and joining us for Public Radio Rocks! (03/19/2014)
A bit of karmic comeuppance for Mark Wheat's schadenfreude as Manchester United lose 3 - 0 to Liverpool in a match that included a remarkable three penalties. Meanwhile, Minnesota United have been on tour in England, and their win versus Matlock Town F.C. last week is the inspiration for today's song pick. (03/17/2014)
Jeremy is back on top for the second week with "Ghost" just ahead of his big shows down in Austin TX for SXSW. A ton of local musicians will be heading down there this week, including highest new entry Haley Bonar who's set to play at least 6 shows! She was part of last weeks big send off party 'Are You Local' with her band Gramma's Boyfriend. (03/12/2014)
The hubris of certain Premiership managers stirs some schadenfreude in Mark Wheat this week; plus, exciting results from the FA Cup shift Mark's attention to Wigan and the musical subgenre known as Northern Soul. (03/10/2014)
Formed in Melbourne, Australia, and now based in Brighton, England, four-piece dream-pop band Kins stopped by The Current's studios to play some songs off their self-titled album and to chat with Mark Wheat. (03/07/2014)
Phantogram's <em>Voices</em> album was released just last month, they made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel last week and this week &#151; for the first time in Chart Show history &#151; they're at #1! (03/05/2014)