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Brian Oake leaves The Current's morning show

The surprise move was confirmed on Friday.
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Brian Oake is out as the host of The Current's morning show, American Public Media has confirmed.

The news was first reported by MPR News on Friday afternoon, which also falls under the American Public Media banner along with The Current.

An APM spokesperson has not given a reason for Oake's departure from Oake and Riley in the Morning, just saying he is "no longer with" the station, adding: "We are grateful for his contributions over the past three years and we wish him all the best."

Of his co-host Jill Riley, the spokesperson told BMTN that she is "is currently out and will be back soon," though it's not clear in what role.

Riley is still listed among The Current's on-air talent on its website, whereas Oake has been removed.

Oake and Riley's typical show hasn't been running for the past two weeks, and mention of the personalities has been removed from The Current's Morning Show page.

The Star Tribune reports that Oake's departure comes after he posted a lengthy rant on Facebook detailing how he and his daughter were kicked out of a Tenacious D concert at the Palace Theater, apparently after his 20-year-old daughter took a sip of his drink.

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He publicly identified the staff member who removed them, but has since deleted the post and "expressed remorse" about the post.

Oake was a longtime Cities 97.1 host, but made the move to 89.3 The Current in January 2016 to host the morning rush-hour show.

Prior to Cities 97.1, he worked at Rev105 and Zone 105.

Both Oake and Riley recently had their Twitter accounts suspended recently for violating the site's rules.

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