Longtime WCCO-AM personality Tim Russell will leave the station, according to an informed source who Friday confirmed a report in MinnPost.com.
Neither Russell, 62, nor Wendy Paulson, WCCO's general manager, could be reached.
Russell reportedly will take a buyout, joining another prominent 'CCO broadcaster, Dark Star, as recent departures. Dark Star announced March 24 that he would leave his late-night post 17 months before his contract expired.
Russell, a St. Paul native, has been with the WCCO organization since 1973, starting on the FM dial. Known as one of the best voice impersonators in the local business, he moved to AM in 1983 and worked several shifts, including afternoons with Ruth Koscielak and midmorning. Most recently, Russell was entertainment editor on the morning drive show. He quit WCCO in 1993 after being reassigned to overnights. After working at two other Twin Cities radio stations, he returned to 'CCO in 1997 when the dispute was settled.
In addition, since 1994 Russell has put his voice talent to work on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and appeared in the 2006 film of the same title. The WCCO action will not affect that job.
Russell played a detective in the Coen brothers' 2009 film "A Serious Man."