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

Jeremy Messersmith performs at First Avenue
Imagine growing up without rock and roll in your house. It would seem unlikely that you'd end up becoming our state's preeminent songwriter of the past decade - unless you're Jeremy Messersmith. (03/04/2014)
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Jeremy Messersmith's new album expands on the sound of his previous work, with more propulsion in the drums, more deft deployment of strings, more muscle in the guitars and more great songs from Minnesota's current (and Current) favorite son. (02/03/2014)
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Program Director Jim McGuinn's picks for the best music of 2013. (12/02/2013)
<i>Songs for Slim</i> works on so many levels: It helps out Slim Dunlap while at the same time making the case for the beauty and quality of his work. Respect and love permeates the album. (11/25/2013)
Essential as breathing to musicheads and to anyone alive, <i>Let It Be</i> sums up the Replacements &#151; from the iconic cover photo to the last cacophonous note. If the Replacements never recorded another song, their reputation and impact would still be massive. (09/04/2013)
Highlights of the final day included sets from Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and more - but the most important show wasn't at Lollapalooza at all. The place to be was the Cabaret Metro after-party for the final performance ever by The Postal Service. (08/05/2013)
MTV might not be your go-to for finding the best new music videos anymore (or music for that matter -- we've got you covered there), but the Music Television channel did have its glory days. This week on Teenage Kicks, Program Director and your host Jim McGuinn features tracks with the best videos from the first five years of MTV's broadcast infancy. (08/03/2013)
The Current is giving one lucky listener an opportunity to win a deluxe <em>Wings Over America</em> box set prize package in light of its recent reissue on Hear Music Records. (07/28/2013)
It's weird to say, but <em>That's It!</em>, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future. (07/08/2013)
June 22 is the 65th birthday of iconoclastic rocker Todd Rundgren. Besides a solo career that spans decades and sounds, Todd has also produced some of the biggest albums in rock history. It's also the anniversary of some notable Kicks-era releases. Let's (06/21/2013)
With <em>Modern Vampires of the City</em>, Vampire Weekend have created a cohesive record that someone feels more polished and mature and serious than anything they've done, while at the same time loose, raw, and more fun than <em>Contra</em> or their debut. (05/13/2013)
As we've seen from earlier songs like "A Little Bit Of Everything," Dawes are not afraid to lay it on thick to find the emotions that resonate, and with "Stories Don't End" seem to have made a conscious decision to put Goldsmith's words front and center. (04/08/2013)
Earlier this morning, Steve and Jill included Aerosmith's supercharged version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" in their "Rolling" themed Coffee Break. Hearing the '70s proto-metal high energy performance made me think back on how songs morph and change while being passed along like a hot potato from musician to musician. (02/19/2013)
Like previous editions, <em>Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4</em> is another collection of inspired versions of the Fab Four's material, applied by musicians from all over the sonic spectrum. (12/03/2012)
With a mix of frantic covers and embryonic originals, this found video is a great glimpse into the very beginnings of one of our favorite bands. (11/30/2012)