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

Coffee Break
With travel on the minds of many of us, we thought we'd have a travel tie-in for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs with planes, trains or automobiles do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (11/26/2014)
Coffee Break
What songs do you want to hear from bands whose name is a collective/unit/project/outfit for today's coffee break? (11/25/2014)
Coffee Break
If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break? (11/24/2014)
With the big snowstorm hitting Western New York, the word of the week has been Buffalo. So today's coffee break is all about songs with the word "buffalo" lyrics. (11/21/2014)
With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs. (11/14/2014)
Host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning show sat down with comedian Paul F. Tompkins for an edition of Really Random Vinyl, a new video series from The Current. (11/13/2014)
The Sound Unseen film festival begins tonight at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., and the festival opens with 'Heaven Adores You', an intimately told documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Ahead of tonight's screening, Jill Riley spoke with the film's director, Nickolas Rossi. "[Smith's] music is still so relevant 10 years after he passed away," Rossi says. (11/12/2014)
Jill Riley recently returned from her fourth visit to the Music City — Nashville, Tenn. Check out Jill's list of must-see places to go. (11/05/2014)
Before their big gig at the Target Center with opening act Jake Bugg, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys chatted with Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show backstage. (10/29/2014)
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)
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)