Best FM Radio Personality (2009)

Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

Let's get one thing straight right off: Mark Wheat's voice is a dream. Never have we wanted someone to read us bedtime stories more than him. The British expatriate delivers the English language in a hyper-nasal form of his own invention, complete with imaginatively placed commas, semicolons, and other pauses both alluring and enchanting. One can hear Wheat's passion for music. Keeping fans company from 7 p.m. till midnight, he intersperses the Current's indie-rock mainstays with local tunes from bands that are still scrabbling for stage time at the Hex or the Uptown Bar. The man clearly has a fire under his ass to find the best new stuff out there, and it's equally clear that no DJ in the Twin Cities has more love for music both local and worldwide than Mark Wheat.

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