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
The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to 25 grams per day 'for additional health benefits'. But because music is calorie-free, what songs that mention 'sugar' or 'sweet' do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (03/05/2015)
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
As St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman stops by The Current's Morning Show to talk about exciting things happening in the capital city, we're wondering, what songs that name-check St. Paul or are about St. Paul places do you want to hear? (03/04/2015)
Coffee Break
Inspired by Rolling Stone magazine's list of the best 25 songs about the South, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking you what songs about the North would you like to hear? (03/03/2015)
As March begins, we're riffing on a weather-related proverb: Specifically, what songs do you want to hear that start softly but end with a roar? Send us your request. (03/02/2015)
Inspired by llamas on the lam, we're thinking about songs having to do with running and running away. What songs about being on the run do you want to hear? (02/27/2015)
Johnny Cash was born on this date in 1932, and he went on to record 96 albums over the course of his nearly 50-year career in music. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by Johnny Cash do you want to hear? (02/26/2015)
After last night's Flaming Lips show at First Avenue, we're thinking about bands who put on a full sensory experience during their concerts. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear by bands who are known for visual spectacle at their live shows? (02/25/2015)
On the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti', for today's Coffee Break, we're asking you which songs by bands or artists influenced by Led Zeppelin do you want to hear? (02/24/2015)
Last night at the Oscars, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne took home the trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. Each has a ruddy complexion and ginger hair. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs by musicians with red hair would you like to hear? (02/23/2015)
Feburary 19 is the Lunar New Year, and celebrations spread across China and much of the world in honor of it. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking, what songs would you like to hear that mention or are about the moon? (02/19/2015)
Pharrell Williams has signed an agreement to write a series of children's books, but it turns out he's not the first musician to venture into authorship for kids. So for today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs would you like to hear by musicians who have written books for children? (02/18/2015)
Trying to define such concepts as 'fair trade', 'living wages' and 'sustainability' is always an interesting conversation in the context of local food. Heavy Table Editor James Norton joins Jill Riley to talk about the relaunched Atlas of of Ethical Eating and Drinking, a resource that starts the discussion about the values that businesses and consumers care about. (02/18/2015)
Today is Mardi Gras, a festival for which the city of New Orleans is nearly synonymous. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs having to do with Mardi Gras or with New Orleans do you want to hear? (02/17/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear? (02/13/2015)
One of the big stories from the world of media and entertainment this week is the news that Jon Stewart will be leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' after 17 years as its host. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you play for Jon Stewart? (02/12/2015)