Is Duluth the coolest? Between craft-beer destination Bent Paddle Brewing, the give-zero-fucks rockstar mayor, and killer concert venues like Bayfront Festival Park and Red Herring Lounge, most signs point to yes.
And now you can throw in Wednesday's big announcement: Minnesota Public Radio will launch a Duluth-based sister station to 89.3 the Current on Feb. 1. The new music station — which the Duluth News Tribune bills as "hipster, adult contemporary" — is set to broadcast on the 90.9 FM and 100.5 WSCN HD-2 frequencies.
But wait, that's not all: 90.9 the Current is also seeking an on-air host for its forthcoming Duluth Local Music show. If you've got the desire and the one to three years of relevant broadcast experience, apply here.
Duluth music fans lobbied hard for the Current for years, Current program director Jim McGuinn tells City Pages, citing the vibrant local music scene. The challenge was finding an appropriate frequency for the station. The Twin Ports area has long had a public-radio presence with MPR News (100.5 FM) and MPR Classical (92.9 FM). This historically warm winter sped up the long process.
“We were able to [launch 90.9 the Current] now instead of spring because of the mild winter,” McGuinn says. “The engineering team at MPR did a great job getting this ready for broadcast.”
McGuinn reports 90.9 the Current will air the same programming heard in the Twin Cities market, with the exception of the weekly Duluth Local Music show. Duluth acts like Low, Trampled by Turtles, and Charlie Parr are staples on the flagship Current, which is already available in northern Minnesota cities Ely and Hinkley.
Craving that 90.9 the Current window cling? They were made available at lightning speed, and can obtained for free when you sign up for the station's newsletter. You'll also be entered to win a sick prize pack that includes a $200 gift card to the Electric Fetus. Staring at a countdown clock is also an option.
The Current's 11th annual birthday celebration — featuring Low, Tommy Stinson and many others — goes down Friday and Saturday at First Avenue.