Frequently Asked Questions


Minnesota Public Radio

(membership, funding, how to listen)

What is a Sustaining Membership?
A Sustaining Membership is an unrestricted annual gift that you can pay in a convenient, ongoing way. Each month, we will charge your credit or debit card or withdrawal from your checking account the amount you specify. Your Sustaining Membership will automatically renew each year unless you choose to cancel or change it. You can increase, decrease or stop your donation at any time by calling us at 800-228-7123. Sustainers are crucial to providing an ongoing base of community support that we can rely on, so you can continue to rely on MPR. Sustaining Memberships save on paper and postage, since we don’t need to send letters to remind you about your renewal date. As a result, more of your member dollars go to programming. Plus, as a Sustainer, you can request a thank-you gift each year. Learn more about being a Sustainer.

How much of MPR’s funding comes from the government?
About 5 percent of our total funding comes from government sources, mostly in the form of program grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Members provide the most important source of program support.

Can I listen to MPR audio on my iPhone or Android phone?
Yes. You can hear MPR News, Classical MPR, The Current, or Radio Heartland on any iPhone or iPad as well as Android device using the MPR Radio App. Find more information

MPR News Call-In Shows

How can I submit a question or comment to call-in shows, MPR News with Kerri Miller and MPR News with Tom Weber?
You can call in a question or comment by calling 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828. Comment online and join the conversation or tweet at @OnMPRNews or at @KerriMPR or @WeberTom1.

Is it possible to hear these programs again?
MPR News with Kerri Miller and MPR News with Tom Weber are archived online and available in streaming audio. Recent episodes of the shows may be downloaded as a podcast.

The Current and Classical MPR

How can I learn more about a piece of music I heard on The Current or Classical MPR?
We carry a complete playlist on Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s website and The Current’s website. You can look at what’s currently playing or browse past playlists by date.

How do I submit music to be played on The Current or Classical MPR?
Bands interested in getting their music heard on The Current or Classical MPR should send us your recordings (no e-mails, please), clearly labeled with your group name and contact information:

The Current c/o David Safar
Classical Minnesota Public Radio c/o Jennifer Allen

480 Cedar Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55101

We are unable to return any media (CD, Cassette, LPs)

How can my band get on The Current’s The Local Show?
Minnesota bands should send their recordings and contact information (no e-mails, please):

The Current c/o David Safar
480 Cedar Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55101

What is Radio Heartland?
Radio Heartland is an eclectic mix of folk, blues, bluegrass and R&B, and it can be heard 24 hours a day. You can listen in the Twin Cities with an HD radio (KNOW 91.1 HD2) and you can listen anywhere online, at

A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) recently terminated its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies. (MPR cannot discuss specific details. Here is the full statement.)

MPR does not fully own the rights to continue to use the names or provide archive content for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and The Writer’s Almanac programs. Garrison Keillor and his companies own many of the rights to this artistic content.