Tuesday evening, Minnesota Public Radio announced it had fired Eric Malmberg, a DJ at MPR’s music station The Current, after public backlash from Current staffers and listeners, reports The Pioneer-Press.
Pioneer-Press writer Ross Raihala reports longtime MPR News arts reporter Marianne Combs resigned from the station Monday morning. In her resignation letter, which Combs shared on social media, she said she had spent the past two and half months gathering “testimony from eight women who say that (a DJ for MPR’s The Current) sexually manipulated and psychologically abused them” but that “my editors have failed to move forward on the story.” Combs wrote that the women’s experiences span 15 years and describe a man who “preyed on younger, sexually inexperienced women.”
Tuesday afternoon, more than half of the Current’s staff tweeted their support for Combs.
Meanwhile, Chris Riemenschneider at the Star Tribune reports Malmberg was a relatively new addition to the Current airwaves, joining in June 2018. Before that, he was a DJ at local rock stations 93X and KQRS-92 FM. He was also a musician and program staffer at Minneapolis-based Youth Frontiers, which hosts motivational rallies at schools and youth retreats.