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.


Regina Spektor shares an expressive set in The Current studio

In town to play a sold-out show at St. Paul's recently reopened Palace Theatre, Regina Spektor stopped by The Current for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn. The session features fantastic song performances and deep conversation. 'I feel like with music, people have this idea that you either write about yourself or you just write using fiction and that's not personal,' Spektor says. 'But to me, I truly believe that fiction and surrealism and psychedelic thoughts are just as personal.'

Jim McGuinn reflects on 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Following the announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2017 inductees -- Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Journey, Yes, and Joan Baez -- first-time Hall of Fame voter Jim McGuinn reflects on the winners, on who he voted for, and who's missing from the Hall. 'One of my hopes is that by reaching from the Boomer generation to Gen Xers like myself to contribute to the process, the make-up of the Hall of Fame will shift to acknowledge some other branches in the rock 'n' roll tree,' Jim writes.

The complex questions of voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn shares his experiences after being asked to vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year. 'An email appeared out of nowhere, asking if I'd be interested in voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,' Jim writes. 'Of course! But then I started wondering ... What is this Hall of Fame really about?' Jim looked deeply into the process, and he shares what ran through his mind as he cast his ballot.

'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.