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The day the Current almost gave Mary Lucia a heart attack

While on my daily drive into work this morning, I was naturally listening to the Current and I heard a four-song set:

  • Hall and Oates
  • Linda Rondstadt
  • Cat Stevens
  • Old Peter Gabriel

I FREAKED out! Not another format change! This isn’t happening again! I was convinced we had flipped formats overnight and this was my way of finding out I no longer had a job at the Current.

I know this sounds overly dramatic, but friends, this has happened to me before in my radio career: One day I have a job, and the next day we are playing Scorpions and Nazareth. BOOM! “Thanks for all of your hard work, now who needs a box to pack up your [stuff]?”

What I didn’t hear was Barb’s introduction that it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ set of music; they were just announced today. I panicked and called Jill Riley and left her an expletive-filled message of horror and questions:

  1. Listen

    Dec 17, 2013

I fully expected to come into work and find my coworkers drinking their sorrows away at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall down the street.

I can’t tell you the relief I felt to come in and learn that it was a set of pre-programmed music highlighting the inductees and not some cruel radio switch.

I guess having been burned a few times you never forget that sinking feeling.

All I can say is I am so grateful for the members of MPR who keep the Current afloat every member drive and ensure that we won’t be playing disco-period KISS—except occasionally at 4:00, for No Apologies.

Deep breath. I’m OK now.

Your friend and mine,


PS: You guys were quick to share your reassurances and kind thoughts:

From Twitter:




From email:

You r awesome


That was awesome. I wish you’d leave a message on my machine some time.

Oh Mary,

That message just made me laugh out loud … you’re awesome.

Thanks so much!!


Been listening to you since Rev, you’re kooky and I love it.  You’re message to Jill made my day

I just missed the beginning of the freakout.

You need to post that.  Put ‘er up on the blog.
Maybe if you have a freakout from the old station too — REV 105 — that would be cool. I knew I freaked out.

I had just turned on the radio and had to check my old school dial to see if I had bumped it or something!! I was pleasantly surprised when they came back on and I heard my familiar DJ voices. I could just imagine you wondering if you were getting punk’d!!  Thank you for sharing your VM.

Merry Christmas! I mailed off my Christmas card to you guys today!



Just heard your freak out over the streaming Current. You just identified my greatest fear: that I would come into the office one morning in NYC and find out that the Current was a new format. Probably stems from my Minnesota upbringing on Rev 105.

Please do what you can to prevent this nightmare. I’ll do what I can (i.e. continue to contribute during the pledge drives).


Hey Mary, 

I’m going to start by apologizing and I’m not laughing at you but laughing with you. Honestly you made my day with that message you left Jill!!! I completely understand where you are coming from. Though I’ve never been through the torture of having to find out I don’t have a job on my drive into work, I still understand your level of “secureness”. Just know that we are all here for you and that we all love you, or at least most of us anyway. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and can rest easy in knowing that your station is not an ‘80s music station, at least not yet… Thanks again for the good laugh! 


  • Andi Dolphin

    This. Is. Perfect!!!

    Many many summer days were spent working outside listening to Mary on the Rev, and it still brings a warm glow whenever songs from the early 90s are played on The Current that were on daily playlists on the Rev.

    Thank you, Mary!!! Thank you for all you’ve done in the Twin Cities.

  • Shadd Piehl

    Haaaaaaaar to the Mar!

  • Chris Miller

    Bullcrap! 89.3 The Current is a non-comm run by MPR. There will never be an unceremonious change in format (like commercial stations do) without MPR making a huge press release about it.

    • Omaha John

      They would wait until pledge drive – “Give now to prevent the format change!” :)

  • Rick Myers

    Priceless!!! I know that feeling!!!

  • Geneviève Genquinne
  • Mark Weaver

    That is just too classic, and what makes it so is JUST HOW F-ING ABRUPT AND UNBELIEVABLE IT WAS WHEN IT HAPPENED WITH REV105!!! I seriously have never fully recovered from that. You could only have this kind of freak-out having been through it at least once already. Want a solid reason why I’m a founding, lifetime, sustaining member? Avoidance of just such frightening “audience be damned” market flip sh*t is it! That said, I thought Barb’s classic 80s RnR Hall of Fame set was fun and awesome! Thanks for your sincere passion and commitment to the cause Looch, and for the LOLs. Always got yer back… xoxoxo

  • Carl Kasell on my answering machine? F*ck that, I want The Looch on my answering machine!

  • Rick

    I totally empathize with Mary because she’s been burned a few times by format changes. I still remember my feeling when REV105 changed, and that first thought of “Oh, Thorn is playing Aerosmith for his heavy metal freakout pick.” to then going WTF, why are they playing Scorpions, to the rage when the X105 name was announced. Then again, a few years later when Zone 105 switched to WPUKE all love songs.all the time. So glad that The Current exists so I don’t have to live through that horror again.

  • David Stone

    i remember a station..it played alt rock and i loved it very much..i remember Mary Luccia, Brian Oake, Shelly Miller and others..one morning on the way to work i turned on the radio and Rubberband Man by the Spinners came out..wtf..don’t get me wrong, i love RBM by the Spinners, but the format change was unannounced and unexpected..radioland is so strange :/

  • John

    I laughed (only because I already knew it hadn’t happened). The best part of the whole message was Mary’s sign off at the end. A bit of a blue streak that ended perfectly with a Talk to you soon. Bye.

  • Poof

    I remember Rev 105. Oh honey, no worries. We will never let The Current change. <3

  • Steve Backoff

    There really should be a “telephone / answering machine” coffee break, or a “we’ve become an 80’s station” coffee break. :-) Love ya, Mary. Too funny!

  • Danny

    I wish I could drive into work after 10:00am. BTW, the message was classic. Keep up the good work!

  • rasm0225

    One comment, one question:

    Comment: The Current needs to play more Peter Gabriel “Security”. Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound architecture of The Knife’s “Shaking the Habitual”.

    Question: who remembers the last song played on Rev 105? (I do, or I think I do.) I think Mary should play it today.

    • rasm0225

      Oh, and I should make explicit the implicit in my previous comment. The Current should play The Knife a lot more. “Raging Lung” is gorgeous.

  • MJ

    That voicemail made me laugh SO dang hard!

  • Steve Anderson

    I was driving home from a night shift and heard this. It was hysterical. Seeing the Current go 80s rock would be my nightmare too.