Jill Riley

Jill Riley

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
jriley@mpr.org

Jill Riley co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Steve Seel, 6-10 a.m. She joined The Current when the station launched in 2005, fresh from her college radio station, KVSC-FM, Saint Cloud State University. She has hosted a variety of DJ timeslots on The Current, from overnights to Saturday night's "Radio Free Current" show. She is also known as Savage Animal of the Minnesota RollerGirls' Garda Belts team.

Jill Riley Feature Archive

Smoke billowed from a prescribed fire.
Wildfires in Canada have affected air quality in Minnesota as plumes of smoke hung over much of the state on Monday. Conditions have improved today, but for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that include the word "smoke" in the title or lyrics? Send us your requests. (07/07/2015)
Carli Lloyd of the United States scored a hat tric
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's celebrate Carli Lloyd's fastest hat trick in World Cup history by playing your favorite short songs. What songs do you want to hear that are over quickly but are still awesome? Send us your requests. (07/06/2015)
Periodic Table of the Elements birthday cake
For today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs do you want to hear that reference the periodic table either in the song title or the artist name? Send us your requests. (06/30/2015)
After Garrison Keillor revealed plans for easing into retirement by having mandolin player Chris Thile guest-host 'A Prairie Home Companion', we're asking: What songs do you want to hear that feature mandolin? Send us your requests. (06/29/2015)
Let's celebrate the beginning of Twin Cities Pride Weekend on today's Coffee Break: What songs do you want to hear that are by artists who rock with Pride? Send us your requests. (06/26/2015)
Extreme music - such as heavy metal - can positively influence those experiencing anger, a study by The University of Queensland has revealed. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that help you process your anger? Send us your requests. (06/25/2015)
Nicole from River Falls, Wis., recently went on a road trip with her family, and she'd like to hear more traveling music. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear make for a good road-trip soundtrack? Send us your requests. (06/24/2015)
Patsy Cline is taking the stage again next year — 52 years after her death, in hologram form. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by late artists that you'd like to see perform in hologram form? Send us your requests. (06/23/2015)
Trish, a listener from Elk River, Minn., emailed us today about how some of her favorite songs use a pause to great effect. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that use a pause (or rest) to great effect? Send us your requests. (06/22/2015)
Let's all send some positive energy out into the atmosphere as we hope for a sunny weekend for Rock the Garden. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs for sunshine do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (06/19/2015)
All this talk about Rock the Garden has us thinking a lot about actual gardens and the flowers and plants that grow in them. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention flowers or other plants? Send us your request. (06/18/2015)
As the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) gets ready to celebrate its 'Back to the '50s' classic-car show, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that mention a car in the title or lyrics do you want to hear? Send us your request. (06/17/2015)
Last week, retired NASA employee Jack King, whose iconic countdowns earned him the nickname "the voice of Apollo," passed away at age 84. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's honor Jack King: What songs do you want to hear that feature an audible count-off? Send us your requests. (06/16/2015)
Earlier this morning, we debuted a new song by Beck, 'Dreams'. The song was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has produced a large number of artists heard on The Current. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's celebrate Kurstin's work. What songs do you want to hear that were produced by Greg Kurstin? Send us your requests. (06/15/2015)
In honor of the Blue Ox Festival taking place in Eau Claire, Wis., what songs do you want to hear that have a color plus an animal named in the title? Send us your requests. (06/12/2015)