Twin Cities radio personality Dark Star dies

Published 7:06 am Sunday, June 3, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — A longtime Twin Cities radio personality and race track fixture who went by the name “Dark Star” has died.

KFAN Radio program director Chad Abbott says Minnetonka police told him Friday that officers found George Chapple, who worked at the station, dead in his apartment. Police say they’re investigating a non-suspicious death.

Chapple worked for 25 years at WCCO-AM before taking a buyout in 2010. He then joined KFAN.

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WCCO-AM program director Bob Shomper says the 66-year-old Chapple “could be a little off-color, one of those people who got away with it and still have respect.”

Chapple also had worked at Canterbury Park since the Shakopee track opened in 1985. He had hosted a nightly replay show and was a media relations consultant for the track.