Minnesota Public Radio announced today that Chris Roberts, who had previously been splitting his time between covering the arts for MPR News and hosting the Current's Local Show, will be moving to MPR News full-time starting in May. In light of this change, the Current is taking the opportunity to shift things around a bit -- the new Local Show will expand into a two-hour program and will be hosted by Radio Free Current's David Campbell.
This is an exciting development for local radio fans; Campbell worked as a staffer for the KQRS and Drive 105's "Homegrown" for 10 years, co-hosting with Mei Young and eventually becoming the main host and producer of the show for the last year of its existence. His involvement in local bands like E.L.nO., his job at local record store the Electric Fetus, and experience working with local labels also makes him a good candidate to cover the local beat for the Current.
Campbell will begin hosting the show on Sunday, May 3, in an expanded 6-8 p.m. slot. For the first hour of each show, a guest from the local music community will join Campbell to play music and talk about their involvement in the scene. The second hour will feature a live performance and interview with Twin Cities musicians.
"I have been a huge fan of Chris Roberts and 'The Local Show' a long time now and it's exciting to have this opportunity to host a local music program again," Campbell said in a press release. "The additional hour will really make this thing work. It's going to be sweet."