Mark Wheat, original voice at The Current, announces 'abrupt departure'

He's leaving the station to pursue other dreams.
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Mark Wheat, one of the original voices of 89.3 FM's The Current, announced that he is no longer with the Twin Cities radio station. 

Wheat, a native of Norfolk, England, joined The Current in 2005 after it was purchased by Minnesota Public Radio, effectively transitioning into what it is known as today.

His last day at The Current was Friday, May 29, with his decision to "take the plunge and follow my dreams" coming Tuesday. 

"As a founding architect of The Current, I'm immensely proud of what we've achieved in the last 15 years. We have an amazing team of talented people who I'm sure are going to blow me away in the future," Wheat wrote. 

"But it'll have to be without me."

Wheat said the decision to pursue his dreams outside the popular radio station comes "after trying to balance other personal and profession goals with my MPR career for the last few years." 

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"I'm not good at goodbyes. Thanks to my regular listeners and to our wonderful members for all the support. It was marvelous to be able to leave just after an extremely successful Member Drive in unprecedented times," he said. 

Wheat said Minnesota will "always be my American home state." 

David Safar, manager director of the station, said in a statement that they "will miss his voice in the evenings and his passion for the music." 

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