Mike Pengra

Producer
Minnesota Public Radio
mpengra@mpr.org
(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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Phil Heywood's new album is called 'Rollin' On'. Heywood stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio ahead of the CD-release party, which is Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Riverview Cafe in Minneapolis. (10/15/2014)
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Pieta Brown released the album, Paradise Outlaw', on Sept. 30, and her local CD release show is Friday, Oct. 10, at the Dakota in Minneapolis. She and Bo Ramsey stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few tunes from the record. (10/07/2014)
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Mike Pengra has been trying for years to get his and Slaid Cleaves' schedules to line up so Cleaves could stop into the Radio Heartland studio for an interview. This week, the stars finally aligned. (10/01/2014)
In town for a couple of gigs over the course of a few days -- the Cabooze on Wednesday and the Shangri-La Festival on Friday -- Australian bluegrass band Mustered Courage stopped in to the Radio Heartland studio to play some tunes and to chat with Mike Pengra. (09/05/2014)
Classical MPR's Mike Pengra joins Steve Staruch in the studio to talk a bit more about the artists who are performing at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and to play some samples of their music. (08/06/2014)
Blues guitarist Cary Morin and his wife rented out their house in Colorado, packed up their RV and their dog and set off across country to see where his music would take them. (07/16/2014)
For their latest album, 'Our Year', Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison spent many weeks perfecting their acoustic sound with their band to get a true, "front porch" jam-session sound -- and that's exactly what they did in the Radio Heartland studio. (07/02/2014)
Local guitarist Tim Sparks visits the Radio Heartland studio to talk about his new album, 'Chasin' the Boogie', and to play a few songs from the new release. (06/17/2014)
Listen to the audio from 'For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday', a live program of musical tributes that took place at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., on May 3, 2014. (06/04/2014)
Leading into their CD-release party and a multi-week, multi-city tour in support of their new album, 'Witness', the Falderals visit the Radio Heartland studios for a session hosted by Mike Pengra. (05/28/2014)
Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are currently touring as a duo. That's right; just fiddle and banjo. But they're no average players. In town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, they stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few songs. (05/21/2014)
Ray Bonneville's latest album, 'Easy Gone', is his eighth full-length and his fourth on Red House Records. This award-winning singer-songwriter stopped by the Radio Heartland studios to play a few songs and talk about his newest album. (05/09/2014)
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)
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)
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)