Radio host Steve Seel, who has been on leave from hosting the Current’s morning show, will be returning to the Minnesota Public Radio airwaves, but not to the morning show.
In a letter posted online Friday, Seel said he will be splitting time between the Current and MPR’s classical service, where he had worked in the 1990s. “I’m one of the few weirdos in the world who is as passionate about a 19th-century symphony as a three-minutes Replacements tune,” Seel wrote.
His first shift is scheduled to be on the Current, on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
He thanked MPR for the time away to “come back with a clearer sense of what I should be doing and as a healthier person all around.”
Current program director Jim McGuinn said Seel will be a host-at-large for the station as well as moderator of its Policy and a Pint series. McGuinn added in a letter posted online that with Seel’s return, the Current will begin looking for a permanent co-host and producer for the morning show, hosted by Jill Riley and Sean McPherson, who picked up Seel’s duties.
Seel was one of two high-profile hosts on leave from the station. Afternoon DJ Mary Lucia took leave in April after being stalked at her work and home. McGuinn said her leave is continuing.