In a move that makes absolute perfect sense, 89.3 the Current announced Tuesday that in-house reporter Andrea Swensson will be the new host/producer of The Local Show.
Swensson, a passionate booster of the local music scene, will begin hosting the Minnesota music-themed radio program beginning early next year. Here she is in a blog post announcing the move:
"This isn’t a step I’ll be taking lightly. Not only do I have quite a reputation to uphold, thanks to the incredible work of my predecessors, but I consider it a great honor and a great responsibility to oversee such a significant platform for the work being made in our community. Because that’s what it is, right? A huge responsibility. To make sure that these two hours of each week that are dedicated solely to the Minnesota music scene actually reflect what’s happening in Minnesota, and to help guide a conversation about our scene that we can all take part in."
Swensson was hired by the Current as a music blogger in 2012, but gradually assumed more on-mic roles, such as her recent O.K. Show podcast. Her first Local Show will air January 10, 2016.
“We are excited to have Andrea on board as host and producer of The Local Show,” Current music director David Safar says in a press release. “Over the last four years, Andrea has played a vital role in expanding our coverage of Minnesota’s burgeoning music scene. From her napkin sketches and detailed post-show dispatches from Paisley Park to her most recent work with The O.K. Show podcast, Andrea has connected audiences with our local music community in deep and meaningful ways.”
A native of Moose Lake, Swensson was previously managing editor at Reveille Magazine and then music editor at City Pages. In fact, I'm sitting at her old desk right now! A quick search of our web archives reveals that she wrote a staggering 2,472 posts during her four-year tenure at CP.
Former Local Show host David Campbell resigned last month from the Current, which is owned by American Public Media. DJ Mary Lucia, a listener favorite, resumed her job Monday after a seven-month absence to deal with the legal/emotional fallout of being stalked.