A Bright Blip on the Radio Dial

As resident radio geek on Mpls metblog I’ve awakened from my winter blogging slumber to joyfully shriek about 89.3 The Current.

The Current features a variety of genres from indie and rock to roots rock to country brought to you by some of the finest in Twin Cities radio from the MPR studios in downtown St. Paul.

The passing of REV105 in March of 1997 coincided with my withdrawl from a career in commercial radio. It was a time marked with a lot of turmoil in radio both nationally and in the Twin Cities. KFAI and Radio K have kept the local music torch burning all these years, but there has still been a gaping hole in local music exposure on-air. Mark Wheat(KFAI/Local Sound Department, Zone 105, Radio K), Thorn Skroch(Radio K, REV105, Zone 105, MNN, MPR), Mary Lucia(REV 105, Zone 105, 1500 KSTP), among others should bring back a lot of what’s been missing for quite some time in music radio here in the TC.

Admittedly, with the arrival of 89.3 KCMP, we lose a decent classical station (WCAL). While I personally feel like we’ve made an important addition to the world of radio in the Twin Cities, I truly hope that the void left by WCAL will be filled.

Today was the very first day on air and I was wholly impressed. Give them a listen on the good ol’ radio or on the web. (The quality of the web streams are phenomenal.)

5 Comments so far

  1. Nate (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 10:55 pm

    I would agree that this station is a really cool listen. I would add that I have heard some classics like Dean Martin singing That’s Amore. I also hear a lot of neat rap like the Beastie Boys and stuff. Everyone turn in.


  2. Erin (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 9:23 am

    Ditto. I love it!


  3. mister jason (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 9:34 am

    Their web crew is doing an awesome job, too. They’ve managed to get the previous 6 hours of songs to update on the site on-the-fly. So, if you’re dying to know what kind of bizarre thing the playlist shapes up to be, check it out.

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/thecurrent/playlist.php


  4. Ron (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

    Excellent! I finally have something to listen to other than sports talk!


  5. Delphina (unregistered) on January 30th, 2005 @ 8:26 pm

    I must praise the Current as well. It is not often where I don’t want to turn off the radio for fear I might miss something. Tune in and support.



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