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.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
WFNC Morning Host Jeff ‘Goldy’ Goldberg Retires
Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg has been a staple in the Fayetteville, NC market. However, after 18 years of hosting mornings at WFNC, Goldberg is calling it a career.
Goldberg signed off from Good Morning Fayetteville Friday morning.
“Since I announced my retirement a few weeks ago, the outpouring of love and the good wishes from not only my listeners here in Fayetteville, but my listeners in Washington D.C., has been overwhelming,” Goldberg told Fayetteville’s City View. “It has been a privilege and a joy to live out my dream for these last 45 years, and to have a second chapter like the one I’ve had here in Fayetteville exceeded my wildest dreams.”
Goldberg worked in both television and radio in Washington, D.C. before moving to the Cumulus-owned station in 2005.
“I am 80% excited and 20% nervous,” he surmised about his retirement.
Buck Sexton: Media Needs to Facilitate More Debates Like DeSantis/Newsom
“That is my fundamental premise in American politics, in American media. We have gotten to a place now where no one has to defend their positions anymore.”
Fox News hosted a debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) Thursday evening. The event was moderated by Sean Hannity. If Buck Sexton got his way, the made-for-TV event would be a regular occurrence.
While previewing the event on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Sexton argued that he wants to see more debates and discussions with differing viewpoints more frequently on cable news.
“I want to see more high-level debate. That is my fundamental premise in American politics, in American media. We have gotten to a place now where no one has to defend their positions anymore,” Sexton said. “No one is really pushed and feels like people can say, ‘Oh, well, how do we change this?’ Well, you need to have people that feel that there’s a pressure from the public for them to have to actually stand up and do it.”
He continued by noting a seemingly bygone era of cable television that featured constant discussions and presentations of both sides of political topics.
“I’ve said this before: When I first got into media, I came from an era of watching things like Crossfire, Firing Line, and these different shows, and that’s gone now. You used to have a lot more — honestly used to have a lot more debate on Fox (News). High-level people from the Democrat side would go on Fox, and those were the clips that would go viral. I feel like no one debates anymore. I’m not saying this is going to change all that, but there may be follow-up to it. There may be. So, for me, this is what needs to start.”
NPR Names Collin Campbell New Podcast Chief
“We have to really look at ways to stand out.”
NPR is making changes to its podcasting department as the public radio company announced that Collin Campbell will be their new podcast chief.
Furthermore, the reason for Campbell’s promotion is to stabilize NPR’s position as a critical player in a crowded field. The podcasting industry has become increasingly crowded, causing the once-innovative outlet to lose its leading status.
“People who are looking for news and information on topics are just facing a really confusing mix,” Campbell said in an interview ahead of the announcement (h/t Podcast News Daily).
“You can’t sort between the output of a group of journalists that have the goods and have the boots on the ground and a bunch of people [simply] talking about it. We have to really look at ways to stand out and show what we do and how we do it.”
Campbell pledged to strengthen the public radio network’s journalism, connect more with listeners, and leverage its local member stations. Additionally, NPR’s acting chief content officer, Edith Chapin, selected Campbell after a national search. He will start his new position next month.