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The Current's Mary Lucia Taking a Leave of Absence

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Late Wednesday afternoon, the Current's Mary Lucia announced on air that she will be taking a leave of absence from her position as weekday afternoon DJ as of April 8, 2015. In an open letter posted on the station's website, Lucia explained her decision to take a hiatus and says, "This has been a tough year for me. I have been stalked by someone I do not know, at both work and home. I hope no one else ever has to go through this."

Lucia explains in her letter: "My life over the last year has involved a series of restraining orders, seemingly endless calls to 911, the installation of security cameras at home, and police photo ID line-ups. I've been constantly looking over my shoulder, dead-bolting doors, and jumping when someone rings my doorbell or my motion lights go off.

"Do you know what it's like to feel unsafe watching a band at First Avenue? To worry any time a stranger approaches you? To not be able to sleep or eat properly? That's what my past year has been like. I've made a 21-year career on the radio in this town being honest and authentic, and now I'm deathly afraid to reveal too much of myself on the air. Basically, it's changed the way I am -- how I think, react, feel, interact with you guys. This aspect particularly bothers me."

The letter was shared at the end of her Wednesday afternoon shift and social media noted that she's looking forward to coming back soon since "someone's gotta play Rick Springfield and En Vogue weekdays at 4 p.m. and Motorhead on Friday nights."

It's unclear how long Lucia will be out on leave. In the meantime, her afternoon shift will be covered by a rotation cast of Bill DeVille, David Campbell, and Jim McGuinn.