Mike Pengra

Minnesota Public Radio
(651) 290-1492

Mike came to MPR as a newsroom intern in 1988 and since then has been an audio engineer, mail delivery boy, overnight news host, production manager, program manager and producer with MPR News talk shows Midday and Midmorning. Most recently, Mike produced The Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole. A native Minnesotan, Mike was a touring musician around the Midwest before arriving at MPR and holds a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Mike Pengra Feature Archive

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Claudia Schmidt has released her 19th album this spring, <i>New Whirled Order</i>, is a collection of 12 new, original songs, plus one she co-wrote with guitarist Dean Magraw. Claudia and her friends stopped by for an in-studio session at Radio Heartland. (03/24/2014)
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You can't walk into a music club somewhere in the Twin Cities without seeing Erik Koskinen playing the heck out of his guitar. Koskinen now has a brand-new album of original material that comes out on Feb. 20, and he stopped into the Radio Heartland studio to give us a preview of it. (02/10/2014)
Country singer Ray Price in 1983
On Monday, songwriter and performer Ray Price passed away at the age of 87. Radio Heartland program director Mike Pengra shares some thoughts about Price. (12/17/2013)
David Francey and his band play songs from his latest album, <i>So Say We All</i>. (11/12/2013)
The Roe Family Singers play music from their new gospel album, "Heaven Send Us Better Times." (10/28/2013)
Farewell Milwaukee perform songs from their new album, <i>Can't Please You, Can't Please Me</i>, live in the studio on Radio Heartland. (10/15/2013)
Meg Hutchinson performs songs from her new album, <i>Beyond That</i>, out on Red House Records. (10/02/2013)
Ann Reed and Joan Griffith perform songs from Ann's new album, <i>Eventually</i>, live in the studio. (09/24/2013)
John Gorka performs on Radio Heartland in advance of Barnfest 2013 (07/31/2013)
Singer songwriter Vicky Emerson performs songs from "Dust and Echoes" on Radio Heartland. (06/28/2013)
Jake Armerding performs songs from "Cosmos In The Chaos" on Radio Heartland. (06/12/2013)
Jazz singer Maud Hixson talks about her new disc, "Don't Let a Good Thing Get Away." (05/24/2013)
Natalie Nowytski talks about her new album, "Amerikana." (05/17/2013)
Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold and Dirk Freymuth play Cape Breton fiddle music in the studio. (05/02/2013)
Singer songwriters Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin perform together on Radio Heartland. (04/26/2013)