ST. PAUL, Minn., October 4, 2018 –The Current today announced the launch of a new hip-hop and R&B show. The Message, hosted by Sanni Brown and Sean McPherson, will air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. beginning October 10.
Focusing on classic hip hop and R&B, as well as new releases, The Message will keep listeners up to the minute with tour dates, music news, in-studio interviews and the best Minnesota artists working in the R&B and hip-hop scene.
“We’re incredibly psyched to have Sanni and Sean collaborating on this show,” said Jim McGuinn, program director at The Current. “We’ve wanted to have an hour devoted exclusively to all things hip-hop and R&B, and I can’t think of a more exciting duo to host.”
Brown is one of The Current’s newest voices, having brought her talent to the launch of the Purple Current web stream in April. She has previously been heard on KMOJ-FM in Minneapolis, and has known she was meant to be in radio since she was 11 years old.
“I wanted our show to be like a radio version of Grandmaster Flash's ‘The Message’ in the sense that we cut through noise of celebrating the negative and redirect the light toward the positive and impactful ways that the two genres help us move forward,” said Brown.
McPherson is a familiar voice on The Current and an accomplished Twin Cities musician. He plays bass with Heiruspecs, Dessa and his solo project, the Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra.
About The Current
The Current® is a non-commercial, listener-supported radio station from Minnesota Public Radio® that brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it. Presenting local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic, The Current® has helped launch and support more than 600 Minnesota artists during its 13-year history. The Current Sessions® host live performances of emerging and well-established artists recorded in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. The Current® online is also home to four additional streams: Local Current (all-Minnesota music); Radio Heartland (acoustic, Americana and roots music); Rock the Cradle (music for kids and their grownups); and Purple Current, a stream introduced in 2018 exploring the music of Prince’s legacy. Visit thecurrent.org to learn more and find a complete list of stations.