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DJ David Campbell resigns from The Current 'effective immediately'


Twin Cities radio host David Campbell has resigned from his job with 89.3 The Current "to explore other opportunities."

The Current announced on Friday that, "effective immediately," Campbell would leave his job as host of "The Local Show" and "Radio Free Current."

Known for his commitment to Minnesota's music scene, Campbell has been with the MPR-owned radio station since 2007, hosting "Radio Free Current" on Saturday evenings and "The Local Show" on Sunday evenings. He also filled in when other hosts were out, and was often a featured host at events like Rock the Garden.

Speaking to the Star Tribune, he said he quit due to mixture of "health issues and dissatisfaction with his duties," saying he felt like he was "drowning."

"When it comes to just doing an on-air shift like most DJs do, I do great, but not when I have 100 emails to answer and release dates to keep track of and things like that," he told the newspaper, in relation to his "Local Show" duties.

"David has helped introduce hundreds of new local artists to our audience," the radio station said, "entertained us with thousands of requests on 'Radio Free Current,' and illuminated our ears with passion and insight."

"I know we'll all miss spending our Saturday nights with him," it added. "We are grateful for his many contributions to The Current and wish him well in his next chapter."

The news release notes that Campbell is a previous winner of the Local FM Air Personality of the Year award from City Pages, and that through "The Local Show," Campbell was "instrumental in establishing our relationship with local musicians."

According to his MPR bio, Campbell was previously a 10-year staffer of KQRS and Drive 105's "Homegrown."

"His passion for the local scene was infectious," said Campbell's former co-worker Barb Abney, a host on Go 96.3. "I always enjoyed working with him."

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