The Current has a new host for The Local Show on Sunday nights.
The radio station has hired musician and journalist Diane Miller as host and producer of the segment that features the latest from up-and-coming Minnesota artists.
"The Current has always been an organization I've looked up to as a musician and music fan,” Miller said in a news release. “It will be a great honor and privilege to serve as a radio host and producer representing Minnesota’s esteemed music scene. I couldn't be more thrilled to take on this role."
Miller grew up in Fargo, North Daktoa, and at a young age became interested in the local hardcore punk scene. Since then, she's been an avid fan and supporter of local music.
Her interest in local music led to her becoming a blogger, where she documented her favorite songs of various genres and time periods, as well as her coverage of her concert-going experiences.
Miller graduated with a degree in music from Minnesota State University Moorhead, after which she persued her passions for music and journalism. She co-founded the hop-hop band D Mills & The Thrills, as well as projects with original folk bands, hip-hop tributes and experimental improvisational ensembles.
She was the editor-in-chief of Fargo's alt-weekly High Plains Reader and was a talent buyer in the area. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2018, and continued to perform while serving as a talent booker for Icehouse in Minneapolis. She was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Musicians, administered by MacPhail Center for Music, in 2020, and she was appointed a board member of the Minnesota Music Coalition in 2021.
“A strong connection to the Minnesota music scene and ear for the best new local sound is a must for The Local Show,” said David Safar, Managing Director of The Current. “Diane isn’t just aware of what’s happening in local music – she’s also part of it – and we can’t wait to see how she takes her experience and makes the show her own.”
Miller is taking the mic from Andrea Swensson, who left The Current in April of this year after leading The Local Show for five years. At the time, she said she was "Starting a new chapter" in her career path as a self-employed music writer, author and podcast creator.
Miller's first day is Aug. 23, and she'll be behind the mic on The Local Show starting in late September. The Current's Sean McPherson will continue to serve as interim host until Miller takes over.
The Local Show airs from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays on 89.3 FM and online.