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NFL reporter Michele Tafoya leaves Tom Barnard's KQRS Morning Show

Brian Zepp is returning to the station to take her place.

After four years as a co-host, Michele Tafoya is leaving Tom Barnard's top-rated KQRS Morning Show.

Tafoya, who lives in Edina and is best known for her work as a sideline reporter for NBC's Sunday Night Football, confirmed her exit from 92 KQRS-FM on Monday.

KQRS owner Cumulus Media announced that she is being replaced by Brian Zepp, who was fired by the rock station from the evening drive time slot along with Terri Traen in 2017, having previously worked as Barnard's co-host.

Since then, he has been working as the morning show host at KBFN-FM The Eagle in Bozeman, Montana.

"Brian Zepp is a beloved on-air personality in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We are thrilled to have him return to the KQ Morning Show. Welcome home, Brian," said Cumulus Minneapolis VP and Marketing Manager Shelly Malecha Wilkes.

"After having been away from KQ for a couple of years, I’ve come to realize there is just no better experience in my profession than being a part of the KQ Morning Show," Zepp said. "It’s great to be reunited with Tom and the crew, but even sweeter being reunited with the KQ listeners."

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Speaking with the Star Tribune, Tafoya said her exit came as KQ was revamping the show and as a result she would have had a smaller role.

She did however tell the newspaper she's in talks over new work with NBC Sports, and is grateful to have more times in the mornings with her kids.

In the Cumulus statement, Barnard is quoted as saying: "Brian Zepp is very well read, a very smart guy and a man driven to win. A longtime friend has come back home."

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