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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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)
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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)
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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)
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)