Mark Wheat from The Current in Minnesota, took to the FUV airwaves last fall as part of The Local Music Exchange, and now he and Rita Houston continue the conversation by exploring just what it means to be a DJ. Follow Mark's path from radio fan to influential on-air host, and hear how the BBC's John Peel and the Icelandic band, Of Monsters and Men, both come into play in Mark's thoughts on the role of public radio music stations.
Meet Mark Wheat:
Mark Wheat is heard weekdays 6-10 p.m. on The Current and a DJ with the station since it launched in 2005. He tries to emulate his hero, the late, great BBC DJ John Peel, introducing new music to the audience by mixing it with songs they know and love. Wheat was raised near Cambridge, England, permanently relocating to the United States in 1983. In 1991, he created "Local Sound Department" on KFAI, which was awarded "Best Local Radio Show" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 1996-1998. He spent 18 months at Zone 105, hosting an overnight shift, and "Across The Pond," a weekly specialty show playing music from all over the world. In 1998 he was hired as director of student programming at the University of Minnesota's Radio K and created a weekly magazine show, "The Music Lovers Club." He won the City Pages' "Best AM Radio Personality" in 2004; and "Best FM Radio Personality" in 2009. Between 1999 and 2003, he was a resident DJ at First Avenue and The Lounge for which he was awarded the honor of "Best Club DJ" in 2000-2001 by the Minnesota Music Academy.