Perry Finelli

Perry Finelli is a newscaster at MPR News. He has won Associated Press awards for newscasting, news reporting and sports reporting. Finelli joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1986 as an anchor/reporter for stations in central Minnesota. He moved to St. Paul's Minnesota Public Radio headquarters in 1989 as the afternoon newscaster. In between stints as a newscaster, he has hosted all of Minnesota Public Radio's call-in and news magazine programs. He has also served as reporter and editor. Before coming to Minnesota Public Radio, Finelli was a news/sports reporter and anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa. Finelli is from Princeton, Minn. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with degrees in Radio/TV Broadcasting and Political Science and currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.


Some "Hot Fun" on a cold winter day

Today's music is inspired by today's cold temperatures across Minnesota. It's called "Hot Fun." It's by renowned jazz compose and base player Stanley Clarke. He plays tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. He's going perform his entire 1976 album, "School Days." "Hot Fun" was part of that hit album. And speaking of school, Stanley Clarke told NPR that he only picked up the bass because he showed up late on the day they were handing out instruments at school and all the ones he wanted were taken. So instead of the violin, flute, or saxophone, he picked up an accoustic bass that was sitting in the corner. Clarke says playing it was like trying to climb Mount Everest, and he's been climbing ever since.

Romney wants Americans to 'turn the page'

As the Republican National Convention ends, we talk to disgruntled Minnesota delegates, take a look at Mitt Romney's speech, and check in with the pundits and scratch our heads over Clint Eastwood. We've obtained emails showing that officials were slow to respond to the crisis at the St. Paul crime lab. Loggers tell us they're worried their industry is dying. And we ponder the meaning of 10,000 people showing up at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a cat video festival.