The Current Expands To Duluth With New FM Frequency
If your radio dial wasn’t on The Current during your Wednesday morning commute, you may have missed the listener-supported station’s latest expansion plans.
Starting February 1, The Current (89.3 FM in the Twin Cities) said listeners in Duluth would be able to tune in on their own frequency to the noncommercial radio station. It’s the biggest city in the state that didn’t yet have access.
“The Current has always had a special relationship with Duluth—its vibrant music scene and the community of music-loving fans,” said The Current’s program director Jim McGuinn in a statement.
McGuinn said the popular station chose Duluth for its “burgeoning music scene,” which includes Low, Trampled by Turtles and Charlie Parr.
Broadcasting from 90.9 FM, the Duluth outlet will play much of what is produced at the St. Paul headquarters. However, the station said it planned to hire a Duluth-based radio personality to host a weekly Duluth Local Music Show with opportunities to create other programs specific to the region.
“With a presence on the dial in Duluth and the hiring of a Duluth host,” Lindsay Kimball, The Current’s assistant program director, said in a statement, “we’ll be even better positioned to discover the next generation of artists coming out of Duluth, the North Shore and the Iron Range.”
The Current noted the funding from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund was why the Duluth Local Show could happen at all.
The Current began broadcasting in 2005 as a non-commercial, member-supported radio station. Minnesota Public Radio’s regional manager Patty Mester said “[our] listeners have told us for years they wanted The Current in Duluth. We are thrilled that we are finally able to provide The Current to our Twin Ports audiences.”