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

Spoon
When they were in town to play a show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Austin, Texas, band Spoon stopped in to The Current's studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Jill Riley. (09/30/2014)
Minneapolis graphic designer and illustrator Jesse Lindhorst was selected to create the artwork for Live Current Volume 10. Lindhorst talks with the Morning Show about his process and inspiration. (09/25/2014)
War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel
Between their two-night stand in the First Avenue mainroom, the War on Drugs stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to chat with Jill Riley of the Morning Show and to perform tracks live in The Current's studio, including songs off their latest album, <em>Lost in the Dream</em>, and a fantastic Bob Dylan cover. (09/24/2014)
Ahead of her show at First Avenue, Sharon Van Etten and band stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off the new record, <em>Are We There</em>. Between songs, Sharon chatted with host Jill RIley about being a notable user of the omnicord, how the Everly Brothers shaped her voice and what her connection is to John Cale of the Velvet Underground. (07/18/2014)
Marianne Combs joins The Morning Show to talk about the fun and playful weekend activities happening in the Twin Cities from July 17-21. (07/17/2014)
Alabama-based St. Paul and the Broken Bones were in town for a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater when they stopped in to The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley. This band came together when two friends decided to record some songs as a "last hurrah" - happily, it was just the beginning. (06/06/2014)
Before taking the stage at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn., on May 6, 2014, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age sat down for an informal conversation with The Current's Jill Riley. (05/30/2014)
After a whirlwind weekend, Lizzo stopped by The Current's studio to talk with The Morning Show about joining the 2014 Rock the Garden lineup. (05/28/2014)
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo -- each one an accomplished artist in her or his own right -- have recently teamed up on a collaborative project they've dubbed The Both. On the week of their self-titled album release, The Both visited The Current studio to play some songs and to talk with Jill Riley. (04/17/2014)
On only their second tour in North America, London Grammar have been playing a string of sold-out shows, including one at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The platinum artists stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Jill Riley. (04/11/2014)
In town to play a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., Montreal-based six-piece Sam Roberts Band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some tracks off their new album, 'Lo-Fantasy', and to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley. (03/27/2014)
On tour supporting Panic at the Disco, The Colourist stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Jill Riley about their recent EP and their upcoming full-length -- and about what it's like for people from Orange County, Calif., when it's -12 F in Minnesota. (01/22/2014)
Oscar Isaac, the star of the critically-acclaimed film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' spoke with The Current's Jill Riley about finger-picking guitar, working with Marcus Mumford and T-Bone Burnett, and having the best time of his life. (12/20/2013)
Har Mar Superstar is making many year-end lists with 'Bye Bye 17.' But what has Sean Tillman, the man behind the Har Mar persona, been listening to this year? Find out in another installment of Theft of the Dial. (12/20/2013)
When Gary Clark Jr. stopped by The Current to chat with Jill Riley and perform a few songs, she asked him about his guitar. He told us about his first guitar and how he found his latest. (12/11/2013)