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Longtime WCCO Host Calling it a Career

Lee’s career began as a program director in Fargo, North Dakota at The Mighty 790 KFGO. He began his tenure at WCCO in 1989. His career has also included various play-by-play duties from high school to the pros.

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Legendary Minnesota radio host Dave Lee will retire from News Talk 830 WCCO in April following a remarkable 32-year run which included the Edward R. Murrow Award, numerous awards from the Associated Press and a nomination for the national Marconi Award, the Oscar of the radio industry. 

 “We are going to miss Dave Lee,” said Shannon Knoepke, Entercom/Minneapolis’ SVP/Market Manager. “He is the consummate professional in career and in life. What’s more, Dave Lee has endorsed dozens of products and services for local and national advertisers. His credibility and sincere approach are unsurpassed.”  

His iconic status transcends the time he has spent behind a microphone. Lee is credited with helping to raise lots of money for the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital and developing a scholarship at the University of Minnesota Journalism School. He has also received recognition from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in addition to funding a program focused on mentoring youth.

Lee’s career began as a program director in Fargo, North Dakota at The Mighty 790 KFGO. He began his tenure at WCCO in 1989. His career has also included various play-by-play duties from high school to the pros.

“He (Lee) has had the responsibility of picking up for legends he’s replaced,” said Knoepke. “Now we have to replace the legend of Dave Lee which feels impossible as we today celebrate his years of entertaining and informing us on WCCO. 

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Minnesota Talk Station Without Program Director

The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.

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Minnesota’s News Talk 830 WCCO is without a program director following the sudden departure of John Hanson last week, according to an internal memo.

“Reaching out this afternoon to notify the staff that John Hanson is no longer with the company, effective today,” said Shannon Knoepke, the senior vice president, and Twin Cities market manager for Entercom, which owns the station.

Hanson, who grew up in the Twin Cities, helped launch KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live in 2008. Five years later, he left the show to program a sports radio station in Kansas City.

Hanson returned to Minnesota in 2018 to accept a programming job at WCCO. The station has recently undergone some changes with the news that morning-drive personality Dave Lee will retire in April.

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Morano Pays Tribute to Larry King

“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general.”

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Broadcasting legend and interviewer extraordinaire Larry King passed away Saturday, January 23rd at the age of 87. An emotional Frank Morano, host of The Other Side of Midnight on WABC, paid tribute to King during his opening monologue on Monday, saying King’s death “Marks the end of an era in broadcasting”.

Morano began his tribute by discussing King’s impact on the world of broadcasting.

“I don’t really have the vocabulary to express my deep sadness at the passing of Larry King,” Morano said. “I can’t begin to describe the impact that he has had on the world of radio, cable news and broadcasting in general. Watching his work, sometimes he would make you laugh, sometimes he would make you cry, sometimes he would surprise you and then sometimes he would make you scratch your head. But that was Larry. Because of that, it is a struggle to find what made Larry King so great. I have come to the conclusion that it wasn’t one thing, but a combination of many, many things.”

Morano adds that King had many similarities with another television icon, Alex Trebek.

“There are a lot of people in television or radio that can find success for a moment,” Morano said. “But to have longevity and be on the air for literal decades, you have to be relatable to audiences. You have to be ‘just a regular guy from the neighborhood’. You have to be curious and you have to be humble. Both Larry and Alex had those qualities and that’s why people loved them.”

While Morano does compare King to Trebek, he said it was King’s differences from other broadcasters that set him apart.

“Let’s be honest. Larry King was no Ken Doll,” he said. “He would wear those suspenders that nobody else would think about wearing. He didn’t look like the picture of somebody you thought was supposed to be on TV. He did not ask the same erudite questions that everyone else was asking. No, Larry King was different and that’s what made him so special.”

Morano closes his monologue by crediting King with shaping the modern news format, saying that his death leaves a void in the world of broadcasting,

“I didn’t know Larry personally aside from meeting him a couple of times for about ten seconds, but I feel like I lost a friend,” Morano said. “He was one of the people that helped define and create modern day cable news and call-in radio formats. That era has closed with his passing. That is really sad.”

Later in his program, Morano interviewed King’s producer Tammy Haddad. Morano also invited listeners to call in and share their memories of King throughout the program. In addition, Morano played some rare clips of King from his career, but stopped short of devoting the entire four hour show to him because, “I don’t think Larry would have wanted it that way”.

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Amy Anderson Makes Jump from TV to Talk Radio

Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.

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Former television news anchor Amy Anderson has been hired to co-host Kansas City’s Morning News on Entercom’s KMBZ Radio. Anderson will be paired with Will Sterrett who was hired in 2019 after spending years as an afternoon news anchor.

“Amy is a familiar face and is well-known in her hometown of Kansas City, spending nearly 18 years working as a television news anchor and reporter for KCTV-5,” Entercom said in a statement.

Before working in Kansas City, Anderson worked in Joplin, MO, and Orlando, FL.

“Amy brings strong news ‘chops’ and news sense to the KMBZ newsroom, and will form a power team with Will Sterrett, building on KMBZ’s tradition of delivering credible, factual news to listeners in Kansas City and beyond,” a station website post read.

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