Minnesota Public Radio Invites the Public to MPR Day in Moorhead on September 28

Sep 14, 2017

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Minnesota Public Radio hits the road and heads to Moorhead for its final "MPR Day" of 2017 on Thursday, September 28, at The Rourke Art Museum. The daylong event will feature live broadcasts of all three MPR regional services: MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current, as well as live performances plus free admission to the galleries. The day will conclude with a live concert at the Red Raven in Fargo featuring bands from The Current's Music Exchange with Manitoba Music - Winnipeg.

Since its beginning as a college radio station at Saint John's University, MPR has grown to a 46-station regional network of three distinct services - MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current - as well as a national producer and distributor of radio programs, podcasts and streaming services, serving 1 million Minnesotans and more than 20 million listeners a week nationwide.

"We've been a part of this community since the early 1970s when we launched KCCM, one of our first network stations," said Ali Lozoff, director of MPR's 50th Anniversary. "We are excited to wrap up our yearlong series of MPR Days with this day in Moorhead and say thank you to the community with live music, thoughtful conversations, and of course, the fantastic contemporary art surrounding us at the Rourke. What an honor to be in that space for the occasion."

More information about MPR Day in Moorhead and other MPR 50 events may be found at mpr50.org.

MPR Day Moorhead Schedule of Activities
Thursday, September 28
9 - 10 a.m. MPR News Live Broadcast with Kerri Miller

Host Kerri Miller will talk about northern Minnesota food traditions with celebrated chef and writer Amy Thielen (Food Network, "The New Midwestern Table", "Give a Girl a Knife") and other guests from the region.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Current Live Broadcast with Jade

Midday host Jade spins tunes and welcomes Fathom Lane for a live performance.

3 - 6 p.m. Classical MPR Live Broadcast with Steve Staruch

Steve Staruch hosts a late afternoon program of classical music featuring performances from the Fargo-Moorhead area. Guests include the Concordia Wind Quintet, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Brass Quintet, Concordia College student vocal ensemble Tactus and singers from the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

9 p.m. - midnight The Current Music Exchange Showcase at Red Raven
The Current wants to share great Minnesota music with the world, so it has partnered up with Manitoba Music - Winnipeg to swap two bands from each city for the ultimate Local Music Exchange.

Set times:
9 p.m. Fathom Lane (Minnesota)
9:50 p.m. Vikings (Manitoba)
10:40 p.m. Bruise Violet (Minnesota)
11:30 p.m. 3Peat (Manitoba)

TICKETS: $5 at the door.

Refreshments provided by MPR during the daytime programming at The Rourke Art Museum. Beverages will be available for purchase at the Red Raven. Limited edition 50th anniversary merchandise will be available for sale along with merchandise from all three regional stations.

This program is made possible in part by the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund Created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.