DJ Jake Rudh

Jake Rudh is both a Minneapolis club and radio DJ hosting "Transmission" the program heard on 89.3 The Current every Thursday night at 10PM. Jake's worked in music for over 30 years including Capitol Records, NPR, and Twin Cities alternative favorites REV 105 and Radio K. Having been voted "best club DJ" in the Twin Cities for ten straight years by the readers of City Pages magazine, he brings the varied mix of the club nights to the airwaves each week with a different theme to his show.

Being named after the Joy Division classic, the program is heavily centered around post-punk, new wave, and dark wave as well as shoegaze, dream pop, psych, power, indie, and British pop. Jake often hosts in-studio sessions and interviews musicians from those worlds...most recently Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music, Duran Duran's John Taylor, Sting, Adam Ant, Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, synth-pioneer Thomas Dolby, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh, Andy Gill of Gang of Four, and Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz.

Artists Jake has brought to the stage with opening sets and worked with include:

ABC, Adrian Belew, Aimee Mann, Alan Hunter (MTV), The Alarm, Andy Summers (The Police), Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Andrew McCarthy, The B-52's, The Bangles, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Belinda Carlisle, Belly, Belouis Some, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Billy Idol, Billy Ocean, The Bird and The Bee, Blonde Redhead, Book of Love, Bow Wow Wow, Boy George, Brendan Benson, Buzzcocks, Chairlift, The Charlatans, Cheap Trick, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), The Chills, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club), Chromatics, The Church, Cindy Wilson (The B-52's), Clem Burke (Blondie), The Clientele, Colin Hay (Men at Work), The Cult, Cults, Culture Club, Cut Copy, Cutting Crew, Dandy Warhols, Daniel Ash (Bauhaus/Tones on Tail/Love and Rockets/Poptone), The Dandy Warhols, David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets), Deerhunter, Downtown Julie Brown, Drab Majesty, Dramarama, The Dream Syndicate, The Drums, Earl Slick, Echo & the Bunnymen, Eliot Sumner, Elliot Easton (The Cars), The English Beat, The Faint, FFS, Field Music, The Fixx, Frankie Rose, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Front 242, Gang of Four, Garbage, Gary Numan, Gene Loves Jezebel, Giorgio Moroder, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Greg Kurstin, Grizzly Bear, Gwen Stefani, Haddaway, The Hold Steady, Hot Chip, Howard Jones, House of Love, Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), The Human League, Ian McCulloch, Inara George, Information Society, Interpol, Janelle Monáe, The Jayhawks, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joe Jackson, John Carpenter, John Doe, John Waters, Johnny Marr, Josie Cotton, Journey, Juliana Hatfield, Karl Wallinger (World Party), Kon Kan, Kristin Kontrol, Ladytron, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Lemonheads, Level 42, Living Colour, Low, Lower Dens, M83, Mark Goodman (MTV), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Mary Jane Girls, Mayer Hawthorne, Mazzy Star, Marshall Crenshaw, Matt Sorum (The Cult/Velvet Revolver/Guns 'N Roses), Men I Trust, Men Without Hats, Metric, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Midnight Oil, Midnight Star, Mike Garson (David Bowie/Nine Inch Nails), Modern English, Morris Day & The Time, The Motels, Naked Eyes, Neko Case, The Ocean Blue, OK Go, OMD, Pat Benatar, Paul Weller, Paul Young, Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Poolside, The Posies, Pretty Poison, The Producers, The Psychedelic Furs, Questlove, The Radio Dept, Ready For the World, Redd Kross, The Revolution, Richard Blade, Rick Springfield, Ride, Rob Base, Robyn Hitchcock, The Romantics, Royston Langdon (Spacehog), Samantha Fox, Sammy Hagar, Savages, The Selecter, Semisonic, Sheena Easton, Slowdive, The Smithereens, Snap!, Soul Asylum, The Sounds, Sparks, Spoons, St. Vincent, Stephin Merritt, Still Corners, The Stranglers, The Suburbs, Tame Impala, Technotronic, Temples, Teenage Fanclub, Terry Reid, Thomas Dolby, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Tom Tom Club, Tony Visconti (Producer/David Bowie), Toto, Twin Shadow, Violent Femmes, Walt Mink, Wang Chung, The Wedding Present, When In Rome, Wild Nothing, Wire, X, Xeno & Oaklander, Young Gun Silver Fox, The Zombies, and many more.

Upcoming Shows


May
31
st
First Avenue
May
31
st
First Avenue

The Suburbs

★ Local Show ★
with Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh

Past Shows


May
17
th
2024
Fine Line
May
17
th
2024
Fine Line

RIDE

with Knifeplay and DJ Jake Rudh
May
6
th
2024
Fine Line
May
6
th
2024
Fine Line

Teenage Fanclub

with Euros Childs and DJ Jake Rudh
Mar
29
th
2024
First Avenue
Mar
29
th
2024
First Avenue

Transmission 23rd Anniversary

A Night of Classic Alternative Celebrating the '70s, '80s & '90s!

★ Local Show ★
with DJ Jake Rudh
Jan
30
th
2024
Fine Line
Jan
30
th
2024
Fine Line

Young Gun Silver Fox

with Luke Enyeart and DJ Jake Rudh
Dec
31
st
2023
First Avenue
Dec
31
st
2023
First Avenue

A Totally Rad New Year’s Eve

'80s & '90s Edition

★ Local Show ★
with DJ Jake Rudh
Oct
9
th
2023
Turf Club
Oct
9
th
2023
Turf Club

Juliana Hatfield

with On Being an Angel and DJ Jake Rudh
Aug
5
th
2023
First Avenue
Aug
5
th
2023
First Avenue

I Would Dance 4 U

Celebrating the Live Debut of “Purple Rain”
featuring Lenka ParisDJ Dudley DDJ Miss BritDJ Jake Rudh
A Benefit for The Minnesota Dance Theatre
May
8
th
2023
First Avenue
May
8
th
2023
First Avenue

Gary Numan

with Front Line Assembly and DJ Jake Rudh
May
5
th
2023
Turf Club
May
5
th
2023
Turf Club

Senses Working Overtime 8

An XTC Tribute
with DJ Jake Rudh
Apr
15
th
2023
First Avenue
Apr
15
th
2023
First Avenue

Transmission's 22nd Anniversary

with DJ Jake Rudh
Mar
28
th
2023
Turf Club
Mar
28
th
2023
Turf Club

Robyn Hitchcock

with DJ Jake Rudh
Mar
23
rd
2023
Fine Line
Mar
23
rd
2023
Fine Line

An Evening with
The Church

The Hypnogogue Album Tour
with DJ Jake Rudh
Feb
9
th
2023
First Avenue
Feb
9
th
2023
First Avenue

The Charlatans UK and RIDE

with DJ Jake Rudh
Feb
8
th
2023
First Avenue
Feb
8
th
2023
First Avenue

Ready or Hot

Rock, Runway, and Reproductive Rights
with Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh
Jan
20
th
2023
The Fitzgerald Theater
Jan
20
th
2023
The Fitzgerald Theater

The Princess Bride ⏤ An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

with post-show discussion moderated by Morning Show Host Jill Riley + pre-show DJ set
with DJ Jake Rudh
Dec
31
st
2022
First Avenue
Dec
31
st
2022
First Avenue

The '80s New Year's Eve

with DJ Jake Rudh
Sep
11
th
2022
First Avenue
Sep
11
th
2022
First Avenue

Gary Numan

THE INTRUDER TOUR
with I Speak Machine and DJ Jake Rudh
Aug
18
th
2022
First Avenue
Aug
18
th
2022
First Avenue

An Evening with
Peter Hook & The Light

Joy Division: A Celebration
with DJ Jake Rudh
Jun
28
th
2022
Fine Line
Jun
28
th
2022
Fine Line

Modern English

(rescheduled + moved from Turf Club)
with DJ Jake Rudh
Jun
18
th
2022
First Avenue
Jun
18
th
2022
First Avenue

Transmission

ft. best classic alternative of ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s
with DJ Jake Rudh

More Shows

Aug
10
th
Fine Line

United We Dance

Jul
25
th
Fine Line

Blake Proehl

Jul
19
th
7th St Entry

Anothernight, Daisychain, TABAH, and full catholic

Jun
24
th
Turf Club

Discrepancies