Morning show host Brian Oake departs The Current

Brian Oake
Brian Oake
Nate Ryan | MPR 2016

Longtime Twin Cities radio host Brian Oake is no longer a host for The Current, a spokesperson confirmed Friday afternoon.

The spokesperson did not give a reason for Oake’s departure, nor say whether he left voluntarily or was fired.

“Brian Oake is no longer with The Current. We are grateful for his contributions over the past three years and we wish him all the best. We will keep our listeners updated on what’s next for the show,” Minnesota Public Radio spokesperson Angie Andresen wrote in a statement to MPR News.

The Current is a sister organization to MPR News, both under the Minnesota Public Radio umbrella.

Oake most recently was co-host of Oake and Riley in the Morning, The Current’s early rush hour program along with Jill Riley. The pair began hosting together in March 2016 after Oake left Cities 97, an adult alternative station in Minneapolis.

Twitter appears to have suspended Oake and Riley’s accounts over unspecified violations of the site’s rules.

The Current’s webpage for the show did not include the hosts’ names as of Friday afternoon. Oake no longer appears as an active staff member on the station’s website.

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