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The Current's Prince Coverage

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The Current is celebrating the life and legacy of Prince through music. As we approach one year since we lost the local legend, we will honor his musical contributions with a weekend packed with purple.

On-air on Friday, April 21, the one-year anniversary, we are playing Prince all day with hour-long dives into his best guitar solos, chart hits, family tree and more. We'll also have live check-ins from Paisley Park, where The Current's Andrea Swensson, Jim McGuinn, Brian Oake, Jill Riley and Mark Wheat, along with MPR News' Tom Weber, will be taking part in panels and commemorations at Prince's creative headquarters.

On Saturday, April 22, we are counting down the Top 89 Prince songs, as chosen by you. Then, starting at 5 p.m., we're taking the party live and to the streets as The Current Presents a Memorial Street Party at First Avenue featuring music and entertainment.

Full Schedule of Programming and Events

Friday, April 21

On-air: Nonstop Prince music with one-hour "deep dive" playlists, including:

  • Prince's Best Duets — Hosted by Brian and Jill
  • Prince's Chart Hits — Hosted by Mark Wheat
  • Prince's B-Sides — Hosted by Mary Lucia
  • Prince's Greatest Guitar Solos — Hosted by Jim McGuinn
  • Prince's Influences — Hosted by Andrea Swensson
  • Prince's Sexiest Songs — Hosted by Jade and Har Mar Superstar
  • Tonal Recall — '90s Prince Hosted by Jade
  • Plus, at 4 p.m., The Revolution take over the airwaves in a special Theft of the Dial

Live Broadcasts from Paisley Park — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (on the odd hours)

  • 11 a.m. The Current and MPR News simulcast hosted by Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber; guests: André Cymone and 3rdeyegirl's Donna Grantis.
  • Check-ins from Paisley Park:
    • 1 p.m. Oake and Riley
    • 3 p.m. Mark Wheat
    • 5 p.m. Mark Wheat

Live Programming

9 p.m. to 4 a.m. First Avenue: Late Night Dance Party featuring DJ Espada, Lenka Paris, DJ Jake Rudh, and DJ Smitty

Saturday, April 22

On-air Programming

  • 8 – 10 a.m. Teenage Kicks: All '80s Prince; hosted by Jim McGuinn
  • 12 – 7:30 p.m. Top 89 Prince Songs (as voted by listeners)
  • 7:30 – 10 p.m. All-request Prince music
  • 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. DJ Shannon Blowtorch's Prince tribute

Live Programming

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. First Avenue: The Current Presents a Memorial Street Party

  • 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis
  • Free and ticketed by First Avenue; RSVP, first come, first served.

10 p.m. to 4 a.m. First Avenue: Late Night Dance Party featuring DJ Keezy, DJ Verb X, Shannon Blowtorch, and Cloud

Sunday, April 23

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Avenue: I Would Dance 4 U: A Kids Dance Party

Online, thecurrent.org will continue to post Prince-related features and special content all week. Here are a few of the informative features that have already be shared this week:

Bookmark this page to keep updated with all of The Current's Prince coverage.

Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
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Great Music Lives Here Purple Shirt

Great music has been a part of Minnesota’s heritage and this shirt pays homage to one of the greatest by using the color purple.

You can read Public Radio Market's tribute newsletter to Prince from last year here.

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Below, we've selected a range of Prince-related releases. Click on each one to explore a wealth of public radio features about Prince. As always, sign up for our Facebook fanpage and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all the news!

Have a great week!
David Edin
dedin@mpr.org
Merchandise Manager

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