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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
Poor Bud Selig. Poor Tom Goldman. Goldman is a reporter with National Public Radio, and Selig, well, he's the Commissioner of the corporation known as Major League Baseball. This morning, on NPR's Weekend Edition, Goldman gave us a story about how Barry Bonds has been stuck on 754 home runs and the ... More >>
James Brown, 1933-2006: A godson remembers the Godfather
Regular listeners to Air America Minnesota (AM 950) may have wondered these past few days if morning-show host and Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman is taking a President Bush-sized vacation. It has now become clear, however, that Coleman's recent parental leave has become permanent. The program s ... More >>
Gabbing about quasi-Christian orgasms and R&B booty reduction with the music critic hosts of Garrison Keillor's newest brainchild, Pop Vultures
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.