Jim McGuinn

Jim McGuinn

Program Director, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
jmcguinn@mpr.org

Jim McGuinn joined 89.3 The Current in January 2009 as Program Director and on-air host, moving to the Twin Cities from Philadelphia and WXPN. Ever since seeing the Clash during his first concert, McGuinn has been hooked on rock 'n' roll-whether he was working on radio programming, playing bass, or teaching university level courses such as "Rock and Roll Cinema and Radio History" at Drexel University. McGuinn has received numerous accolades for his innovative programming, including the 2008 Best AAA Air Personality by Radio and Records and being named the 2010 and 2011 Program Director of Year for Non-Commercial AAA at the FMQB Triple A Conference.

Jim McGuinn Feature Archive

Allen Klein with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Music journalist Fred Goodman turns the story of Allen Klein, rock's most famous accountant, into a page-turning drama about one of the most important non-musicians that shaped rock history. (07/29/2015)
Still from Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' video
This week's episode of 'Teenage Kicks' celebrates the music video with a playlist built around the greatest MTV music videos of all time. Check out these samples and share some of your own favorites. And be sure to listen to 'Teenage Kicks' with Jim McGuinn on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. (07/24/2015)
Jim McGuinn with Morrissey's autobiography
Morrissey is coming to the Fitzgerald Theater on July 13. Jim McGuinn shares his fascination with this month's pick for The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Morrissey's autobiography. (07/06/2015)
Program Director Jim McGuinn shares some updates and information about some temporary on-air changes happening in recent and coming weeks. (06/05/2015)
For today's musicians, touring can be quite a treadmill, but when Alabama Shakes had a rare day off while in Minneapolis, they leaped at the chance to go fishing the way a walleye strikes a spinner. The Current's Jim McGuinn explains how the outing came together, and he shares the story and photos from the day. (06/01/2015)
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 Elvis Costello. (05/14/2015)
The Wombats stopped by The Current to record an in-studio session the day after a sold out show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis in support of their third album, <em>Glitterbug</em>. (05/07/2015)
To record the Waterboys' latest album, 'Modern Blues', Mike Scott decamped to Nashville. 'I wanted to do it with an American swagger,' Scott explains, 'so I brought in the players from Nashville and from Muscle Shoals, and I think I pulled it off.' Scott stopped at The Current to talk to Jim McGuinn ahead of his show at First Avenue . . . where a 'Purple Rain' cover may just be in the offing. (05/07/2015)
When Blur found themselves stranded after the cancellation of a Japanese festival, they killed time by booking time in a Hong Kong studio, laying down the bulk of what would turn into 'The Magic Whip'. The end result is a record that stands among Blur's best post-'Parklife' work. (04/27/2015)
Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday. (03/19/2015)
Ahead of two nights of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Bob Mould stopped by The Current's studio for a live on-air chat with Jim McGuinn. "Coming back to the Twin Cities is always a great experience for me, this is my music home," Mould says, "so the expectations are always pretty high." Listen to the complete interview. (01/30/2015)
As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Program Director Jim McGuinn shares some of his favorite recollections, from Rock the Cradle to Rock the Garden to meeting some musical legends. (01/17/2015)
Producer Ralph Sall lined up a stunning roster of vocalists to match the 34 Paul McCartney-penned tracks on this collection of songs, the best selections of which stray farthest from the originals. (12/22/2014)
Program director Jim McGuinn shares his top 10 songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
Capping off a cavalcade of Canadian acts to come into The Current this week, Sam Roberts stopped in to the studio to talk to Jim McGuinn about hockey, beer and music. "I still maintain that 'Spinal Tap' is the most accurate movie ever made about life in a rock 'n' roll band," Sam says. (11/21/2014)