Governor Dayton will be the first Minnesota governor since 1999 N not to have a weekly radio show.
The Governor asked for “bids”, which involved the stations proposing which hour they’d give him – and got responses from WCCO, which carried Ventura and Pawlenty for the past 12 years – as well as KTNF (the former Air America station), KFAI (a tiny public station on the West Bank in Minneapolis, with a range of maybe five miles) and Rick Kupchella’s “Bring Me The New”, which is largely web-based, but does supply stuff to radio stations).
Most of the stations offered time on the traditional Friday morning/midday shift; WCCO offered an hour early Saturday morning, and the proviso that Ted Mondale co-host. No joke.
Dayton – perhaps not wanting to be on the same day as the Northern Alliance – rejected ’em all:
Dayton’s spokesman, Bob Hume said none of the five offered what the governor was looking for.
“We were very clear that we were looking for a vehicle for people in every corner of the state to have access to the governor,” Hume said. “None of the proposals that we got back gave us that opportunity. So we have decided not to procede with contract negotiations.”
I’m disappointed. A radio show with Dayton would have been a smorgasbord of material.