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DJ Brian Oake leaves Cities 97 for unnamed 'opportunity'

Keri Noble and Brian Oake

Keri Noble and Brian Oake

Cities 97 DJ Brian Oake announced Friday that he's leaving the station for "an opportunity in the coming year." 

“I started fourteen and a half years ago,” Oake said on air this morning. "Today is my final day.”

At Cities 97, he helmed Oake + Noble in the Morning along with co-host Keri Noble. He brought legit music-nerd cachet and a love for local music to a station that deals mostly in vanilla alt-rock lite. That skill set would translate nicely to the still-vacant role of 89.3 the Current morning show co-host, if we're to speculate wildly. Steve Seel left that gig in March, and Heiruspecs bassist/trivia god Sean McPherson has filled in next to Jill Riley since.

“I love Keri Noble,” Oake said during this morning's radio show, choking back tears. “I fell in love with radio again. Thank you.”

Oake posted a long goodbye to the Cities 97 blog, a portion of which we'll paste here: 
"It’s hard to believe that nearly 15 years have gone by since I started at Cities 97. I mean, that’s half of my adult life! Still, they are years I wouldn’t trade for anything. This has been the most unexpected, satisfying and genuinely amazing ride. It’s hard to imagine that I am actually closing this chapter, but the time has come for me to move on.

"For legal reasons, I cannot say what is next for me. Suffice to say, I have an opportunity in the coming year. I cannot be certain that this is the right move, but I do know that if I didn’t at least try, I’d regret it for the rest of my life. Be well. Be decent to those around you. Keep exploring and celebrating music. Thank you, for all of it." 
His colleagues at iHeartMedia — owner of local stations like Cities 97, KFAN, KDWB, and K102 — took to Twitter to wish their friend good luck.
— Paul Allen (@PAOnTheMic) December 18, 2015