Jim McGuinn

Jim McGuinn joined 89.3 The Current in January 2009 as Program Director and on-air host, moving to the Twin Cities from Philadelphia and WXPN. Ever since seeing the Clash during his first concert, McGuinn has been hooked on rock 'n' roll-whether he was working on radio programming, playing guitar, bass, and lapsteel in a long list of bands, or teaching university level courses such as "Rock and Roll Cinema” at Drexel University. McGuinn has received numerous accolades for his innovative programming, including the 2008 Best AAA Air Personality, and being named the 2009-2013 Program Director of Year for Non-Commercial AAA at the FMQB Triple A Conference while leading The Current to win Station of the Year 2009-2014. He loves the smell of vinyl in the morning, and lives in Saint Paul with his wife Christine, son Jameson, and Woody and Webster, two gray cats.

Stories by Jim McGuinn

'Enthusiasm Conquers All': a road trip for the Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip, although never huge in the States, are national treasures in their native Canada. Those who get into the Hip's music -- like The Current's Jim McGuinn -- become fans for life. And now, as Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie faces a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, he and the band are lighting up arenas across Canada. So McGuinn and some friends are on their way to Winnipeg to see the Tragically Hip this Friday. And, as McGuinn explains, the connection runs even deeper than loyal fandom.