Mike Pengra

Mike came to MPR as a newsroom intern in 1988 and since then has been an audio engineer, mail delivery boy, overnight news host, production manager, program manager and producer with MPR News talk shows Midday and Midmorning. Most recently, Mike produced The Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole. A native Minnesotan, Mike was a touring musician around the Midwest before arriving at MPR and holds a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Stories by Mike Pengra

Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Although Lukas Nelson grew up on the tour bus of his legendary father, Willie, the 28-year-old singer never felt it was expected of him to carry on the family legacy. That said, Lukas fell into the family business and now tours with his own band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson recently brought his acoustic guitar into our studio to play a couple tunes and talk about the self-titled album from him and his band.

Sarah Morris performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Sarah Morris's next album, 'Hearts In Need Of Repair,' releases Nov. 17, 2017, with an album-release party set for Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. In the run-up to the album release, Morris and her band visited the Radio Heartland studio to perform songs from the album. Morris also spoke about her career as a songwriter, and how she's started a web series thanks to the excellent acoustics in a particular room in her house.