While P.O.S. is still sorting through options regarding his troubled kidney, the Twin Cities hip-hop star will be part of a scheduling transplant at 89.3 the Current.
The real-life Stefon Alexander will host a new show at the station on Saturday nights at 11 p.m., playfully dubbed “P.O.S. Is Ruining the Current.” His new gig will replace the cult-loved hip-hop show “Redefinition Radio,” whose host Kevin Beacham is instead starting up a new program on Wednesday nights at 11 p.m. called “H2 on the Current.” Beacham’s new show will be co-hosted with the behind-the-scenes boss at Rhymesayers Entertainment, Siddiq (aka Brent Sayers), who I've personally never found very talkative, but maybe that makes him the perfect co-host. If you’re keeping score, these two moves triple the number of African American personalities on air at the public radio outlet.
There’s more, too: The Current will being airing Minnesota Public Radio's hit musical comedy series “Wits” every Sunday at 9 p.m. after “The Local Show” and “Sound Opinions.” All this shuffling leaves two shows, “The Current Presents” and “Passport Approved,” without any regular time slot. The former will still air occasionally on Sundays at 10 p.m. The latter will be represented by a “Passport Approved” track of the day on weeknights at 11 p.m., although even that seems generous given the abysmal music selections offered by the show’s host Sat Bisla (Exhibit A why Americans shouldn’t trust British music tastes; Mark Wheat not withstanding, of course).
A crowning example of “The Current Presents,” the recent show featuring local acts performing the tunes from Beck’s “Song Reader” book of sheet music -- which the station dimly aired opposite the Oscars -- will thankfully re-air tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9 p.m.
Beacham and Siddiq certainly know underground hip-hop and will use their new show to shine a spotlight on the local scene’s growing stockpile of it. The first one is scheduled March 27. It will also be regularly re-aired over at the Current’s Legacy-funded Local Current stream (www.thecurrent.org/local), which will also air a new all-North Country show called “The Duluth Local Show,” hosted by Homegrown Festival founder Walt Dizzo starting at noon Wednesday (with repeat airings Thursdays at 11 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.).
As for the P.O.S. show, which starts March 30, it will not exclusively deal in hip-hop but rather “his many musical influences,” according to the Current’s announcement. So you can pretty well count on it being the wildest show on the station now. Alexander is booked to perform at the Sasquatch festival near Seattle over Memorial Day weekend and another festival in Denver a month later, but otherwise his performance schedule is blank as he continues to focus on his health.
[Photo: Leslie Plesser]