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

Hot Chip
Hot Chip move to #1 the week of their album's release and ahead of a big First Avenue gig; Father John Misty is back on the Chart; Tame Impala take the biggest leap after a sold out Twin Cities show; Built to Spill make their Chart debut. (05/20/2015)
Talking Heads
Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Talking Heads. (05/18/2015)
Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim make it to #1 ahead of sold out show; Florence and the Machine get a big boost following <em>SNL</em> performance; My Morning Jacket and the Tallest Man on Earth hold on as their new albums release; Jamie xx is a new entry in the basement spot. (05/13/2015)
Alabama Shakes' "Don't Wanna Figh" is at #1 for the fifth time; Jack White is inducted to the Hall of Fame; Wolf Alice are the highest new entry; My Morning Jacket and Belle and Sebastian are back after a short hiatus. (05/06/2015)
Alabama Shakes are at #1 for the fourth time; Paste highlights local group Hippo Campus at #2; Father John Misty debuts with the third song off <em>I Love You, Honeybear</em>; The Black Keys set a Chart Show Hall of Fame record. (04/29/2015)
Death Cab For Cutie reach the top after nine weeks; Jose Gonzalez, the Tallest Man on Earth, Hozier and Houndmouth all make comebacks; Father John Misty is inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. (04/22/2015)
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)
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 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)