Longtime Twin Cities radio personality George Chapple, known affectionately by his friends and fans as Dark Star, was found dead at his Minnetonka home earlier today. He was 66 years old. Dark Star worked at WCCO-AM for a quarter of a century, echoing the plainspoken, honest voices of the passionate ... More >>
David Lefever's threatening online post got him arrested.An Appleton, Wisconsin man has been arrested after leaving a threatening message on the message board of a Canadian radio station. David Lefever wrote the message Tuesday, telling blog readers that he was going to "Go on a shooting spree in ... More >>
When it comes to the cosmic dreamworld music genre, the One AM Radio have the market covered with their fourth album, Heaven is Attached by a Slender Thread. The Soft Alarm Tour with Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service) and Geotic (Will Wiesenfeld of Baths) can be termed as a m ... More >>
Two mainstays of Radio K's programming came a bit of an unceremonious end last month. Paul Harding, who's hosted Sunday morning's essential listening, Radio K International for 16 years now, and Adam Mehl, host of punk program, Out of Step for nearly 7 of its 10 years, have long been hallmark ... More >>
The Current has long been a supporter of Minnesota music -- their playlist regularly features a handful of the most prominent artists coming out of our fair state, while Dave Campbell's two-hour Local Show delves deep into the goings-on of our local scene each Sunday night. Starting today, the st ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHThough we mostly know Stef Alexander, a.k.a. P.O.S., for his rap skills and punk rock chops, he's also been making a name for himself lately as a talented remix artist. A few months back, one of P.O.S.'s remixes, "No Scrubs," was included on Doomtree's Gayngs regrind album, Affili ... More >>
O'Keefe's editing technique under fire once again.Surprise, surprise: It looks like James O'Keefe's big "gotcha" on National Public Radio was exaggerated by some clever video editing. This really shouldn't be too much of a shocker to anyone. After all, this is the same guy who cut scenes of ... More >>
Dayton disses the "Good Neighbor"It was pretty clear yesterday that Gov. Mark Dayton felt like he was getting dissed by the five news organizations that offered him a weekly radio show. None offered him the audience and reach he thought he deserved. Today he singled out WCCO-AM for particula ... More >>
Jimmy Stafford (right) and his Train bandmatesFor over a decade, Train has been serenading romantic relationships with honest, passionate and melodic love songs. Their radio-friendly, recognizable, and absurdly catchy singles have led to continued mainstream success; Train just received a 2011 Gr ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganMayors RT Rybak and Chris Coleman at the Current's 5th birthday partyLast May, when Mumford & Sons blasted through town with a very sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, the impact that Minneapolis Public Radio's contemporary music station has on our concert ticket market ... More >>
You voted for your favorite people, places and things in the Twin Cities, and now you can see the result. Here are City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Choice Award winners.
When the Drudge Report linked to a post about the billboard, his phone began to ring incessantly and comments below the post turned vile.
Long before his quest for the holy grail, Terry Gilliam grew up in Minnesota.
When Minnesota Public Radio starts their pledge drive, you can almost hear the statewide collective groan as we switch our radios to KDWB hump tunes or oldies.
The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk
James Brown, 1933-2006: A godson remembers the Godfather
For many listeners, hip hop history is a clip of the Sugar Hill Gang on VH-1. For Kevin Beacham, it's an obsession and a profession.
Looking for an independent station on the FM dial where passionate DJs pick all their own songs? Guess what: It's been around for 82 years.
Yo Ho Ho and 70 Watts: Four Years After Broadcasting From a Tree Limb Down by the River, Local Radio Renegades Keep on Marauding
New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio
The most powerful radio and concert chain hires the most powerful man in local dance music. For Clear Channel and Rich Best, it's business as usual.
We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life
Too loud, too opinionated, too brash. Few thought Katherine Lanpher could revive Minnesota Public Radio's sagging Midmorning. WRONG!
Minnesota Public Radio's empire- building purchase of Marketplace Productions hits a snag
Can the Cities' oldest black radio station survive a date with the bulldozer?
Minnesota's own Dr. Demento talks about corporate radio, the Meat Puppets, and 30 years of weird records
A new FCC proposal creates high hopes for local low-watt radio
Last year the FCC shut down a scrappy, 40-watt dance station, dealing another blow to Minnesota's radio diversity. Today, Alan Freed and his Beat Radio are beaming an AM signal nationwide.
Radio Free Chicago: Studs Terkel holds down the microphone at WFMT in 1978.
Devin Miller and Thomas Ross want to do something no black person in Minnesota has done before: buy a major commercial radio station. But first they have to beat the FCC, an industry giant, and the trend toward broadcast consolidation.
In Garrison Keillor's new tome, Lake Wobegon looks more like Fargo--a place where the women are feeble, the men are addled, and all the kids are suffocating.