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

Father John Misty
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)
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think
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)
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. (03/12/2015)
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)
alt-J are at #1 for the third week in a row; Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield are the highest new entry; The Black Keys and Jack White have new entries; Alvvays jump ahead of the Decemberists, who they'll be opening for on their upcoming tour. (02/25/2015)
alt-J grab the top spot only beating Belle and Sebastian by the narrowest of margins; six brand new songs debut by artists including Father John Misty, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Robert DeLong and more. (02/18/2015)
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. (02/12/2015)
alt-J are back on top with a song off their sophomore record <em>This Is All Yours</em>; Courtney Barnett, JD McPherson and Bjork make debuts. (02/11/2015)
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. (02/05/2015)
The Decemberists shoot up the Chart along with Modest Mouse; St. Vincent solidifies her standing; Father John Misty is inducted to the Hall of Fame; Punch Brothers, Laura Marling, Glass Animals and Hozier make Chart debuts. (02/04/2015)
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)