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

Jim McGuinn and Sam Roberts
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)
Jim McGuinn and Robyn Hitchcock
In town to play back-to-back shows tonight at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Robyn Hitchcock dropped in to The Current studio to chat with Jim McGuinn. Although he's got two shows tonight, "None of the songs overlap," Hitchcock says. "You'll get two utterly different shows." (11/21/2014)
robert plant lullaby and the ceaseless roar
Robert Plant's new album opens your ears and your mind to musical possibilities. It's American music reinvented by 21st-century world troubadours. (11/03/2014)
A partial eclipse of the sun begins today at 4:23 p.m., and it continues till sunset. Two important things to remember: 1) Don't look directly into the sun; and 2) Join Jim McGuinn for a custom-made soundtrack to today's celestial event. (10/23/2014)
Ryan Adams' new, self-titled album evokes that late '70s era when the recording of rock bands reached a sonic pinnacle unmatched in the ensuing decades. It sounds like 1979, and that's a compliment. (09/22/2014)
The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, describes a pivotal moment in his teen years when the music of Paul Weller ultimately set him on his life's path. (09/10/2014)
A few weeks ago, Jim McGuinn wrote a post wondering about LinkedIn after receiving a mysterious invitation. Reaction to the post was varied, to say the least, but the State Fair offered a chance for Jim McGuinn and Scott Stapp to meet in person. (08/26/2014)
Just in case anyone doubted Program Director Jim McGuinn's creed -- er, cred -- he received a mysterious invitation via LinkedIn this week. (08/05/2014)
Jungle haven't even released their first album, but they're already a global sensation among music fans whose ears have been caught by their unique, darkly danceable sound blending influences from disco to electro to classic soul. (06/14/2014)
The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, follows in the steps of Neil Young and cuts a vinyl recording in the booth at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tenn. (05/13/2014)
With their new album, 'Turn Blue', the Black Keys stretch out -- pulling their music like funhouse taffy into new and interesting shapes. (05/12/2014)
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)
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)
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)