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The Current began broadcasting in 2005 as a non-commercial, member-supported radio station based in Minneapolis / St. Paul, heard on 89.3 KCMP FM. Since then, the station has grown into a far-reaching community with members and listeners joining in from around the world. The Current brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it, from local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic. The phone number for The Current studio is 651 989-4893.
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Equity, Inclusion, Diversity & Access (EIDA) are critical to our mission to serve our audiences.
We acknowledge that the music industry in all its forms, including those at MPR, have long benefited from and contributed to systems of oppression and white supremacy.
To that end, we, the music services at Minnesota Public Radio are united in our commitment to our audiences to transform ourselves into antiracist organizations that can lead change across Minnesota.
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Access at The Current and Classical MPR starts in our workplace and extends to every region we touch, and we will use our resources and platforms in an impactful and responsible way.
We pledge to develop a better understanding around issues of bias and injustice through training, listening, analysis and structural change. We will build bridges to those who feel unheard. We are devoted to recruiting, hiring, and investing in people who come from historically marginalized communities. We will include more voices in our programming with emphasis on those who have been historically silenced. We will expand our community partnerships to co-create content with under-represented groups. Additionally, we will distance ourselves from those who do not share our values of inclusivity and anti-racism.
The music services at MPR will work diligently to listen, learn, and incorporate activities that improve our delivery of inclusive, equitable and diverse content, programming and dialogue that better represents the diversity of our world.
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Purple Current — Get the latest stories about Prince's musical legacy and updates on what's playing on Purple Current.
Radio Heartland — Updates and recent features from Minnesota Public Radio's 24/7 stream of acoustic, Americana and roots music.
Rock and Roll Book Club — A monthly update with a note from Jay Gabler, a roundup of recent reviews, previews of upcoming books, and more.
Video Update — Each week, get a rundown of the latest videos from The Current, as well as upcoming virtual gigs and occasional gems from our vast video vault.