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KCMP (The Current) Taps Paxton as Next Afternoon Host


Jessica Paxton (Photo credit: Sara Fish for MPR)
Jessica Paxton (Photo credit: Sara Fish for MPR)

Jessica Paxton will take over afternoons on KCMP-FM (The Current) in Minneapolis, beginning April 10. She joined the station in March, 2022 as a parttime host, and in the fall she became the host of Teenage Kicks, The Current's weekly retro show which features music from 1970's punk to 90's grunge. Paxton will begin hosting afternoons on April 10.

"This is my dream job. I love music and being able to share what I love with listeners," said Paxton. "I've been a supporter and member of The Current since its inception, and I'm so excited for this opportunity with this incredible team that shares my same passion for bringing great music to this community."

Before joining The Current, Paxton was the programming manager and talent buyer at the historic Parkway Theater in Minneapolis, where she booked live music, comedy, films, podcasts and author events since the venue reopened in September, 2018. Previously, she was the drive-time host on Northfield's independent station, KYMN for nearly 13 years. Paxton also represented southern Minnesota for several years as a board member of the Minnesota Music Coalition.

"Jessica's passion for music and ability to connect with people jumps out of the radio every time she's on air," said The Current Program Director Lindsay Kimball. "She's a team player that will be an incredible complement in her new role to the awesome team at The Current."

"I'm delighted that Jessica will be stepping into the afternoons, bringing her deep knowledge of music and experience working in the local community to the airwaves," added The Current Managing Director David Safar.

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