Perhaps it’s the circle of radio life. The First Team of the Northern Alliance gets shown the door…
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to do a governor’s radio show soon.
“I wish I could be on the air somewhere tomorrow,” Dayton said. “I can’t wait to get on the air. It is just a question of where and going through the proper procedure.
Dayton having a weekly radio show follows a tradition of past governors. Both Govs. Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty had Friday morning shows on WCCO that were required, and sometimes interesting, listening for political geeks.
So gubernatorial radio will go from vain, to vapid, to…uh, is there a synonym for odd that starts with ‘v’?
Ventura and Pawlenty’s shows had their moments, but “fireside chats” they were not. Ventura used the forum as a ricktey soapbox from which to deliver a folding chair to his opponents while Pawlenty’s often politics-lite interviews were professional but dryer than a Martini in the Sahara. Unless Dayton wants to reminisce on his Haight-Ashburyesque days, 60 minutes of dead air might be more entertaining.
MITCH ADDS: While First Ringer would have no reason to know this, I’ll add that the First Team wasn’t “shown the door”. There were some revenue-driven schedule changes; management and John and Brian couldn’t agree on a change to the First Team’s schedule that worked for everyone. There were no aspersions cast on either side; the logistics and timing for both the station and John and Brian couldn’t be made to match up.
It stinks; I was one of the First Team’s biggest fans. But them’s the breaks in Freebie Radio.