Persistent issues with tinnitus caused Punnett to halve his hours on-air in August. Now Punnett said he's leaving the station to focus on therapies for the tinnitus and its symptoms that include constant headaches, endless buzzing in his ears and exhausting sleep issues.
"I feel lucky for all the years I've been on the show," he told listeners Tuesday.
Punnett first experienced tinnitus -- the perception of sound when no external sound is present -- at the Minnesota State Fair in 2009.
"I heard a noise, which I thought everybody heard in the loudspeakers, but it turned out only to be in my head," he told the Pioneer Press in September.
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