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The Current’s stream featuring acoustic, Americana and roots will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. Radio Heartland, the 24-hour service available to listeners worldwide, kicked off in 2008 as one of MPR’s first endeavors into the streaming world, and has been guided through the last decade by program director Mike Pengra.
“Radio Heartland was created with the knowledge that there was a strong audience and a great need in the region for a radio station that featured singer-songwriters, folk, blues, roots and everything in between,” said Pengra. “From the start, we’ve had one of the largest audiences of any of MPR’s music streams.”
The Current will honor Radio Heartland’s milestone anniversary on Thursday, December 13, with a concert gathering at Hook and Ladder. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Listeners from far and wide are invited to attend the celebration.
The evening will include performances by Erik Koskinen, Dusty Heart, Dustin Arbuckle and the Haymakers, and Molly Maher.
“We feel the four acts represent a good chunk of the wide variety of music we play on Radio Heartland: Americana, folk and roots,” said Pengra. “We love local music and there’s such a strong, connected music scene here in this area. Three of the four bands are from the Twin Cities and have been part of our playlist for a long time and are all good friends. And Dustin Arbuckle and the Haymakers are a energetic traveling string band from Wichita, Kansas.”