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Mark Dayton: WCCO insulted Minnesota with radio deal

Dayton disses the "Good Neighbor"
Dayton disses the "Good Neighbor"

It was pretty clear yesterday that Gov. Mark Dayton felt like he was getting dissed by the five news organizations that offered him a weekly radio show. None offered him the audience and reach he thought he deserved.

Today he singled out WCCO-AM for particular scorn because it had "afforded two previous governors the opportunity to be at a decent hour and decided not to extend that same opportunity to me."

Those two governors were Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty, both whom held down Friday morning shows. WCCO offered Dayton Saturday instead.

Dayton carped to the Star Tribune:

"I think it's insulting to the people of Minnesota who are being denied the chance to have a conversation with their governor that they had with their previous two governors. I think it shows a lack of concern, which I think is incumbent on people who use public airwaves and public radio and television transmission bands.... to bring decision makers to the people and the fact that they've done so for the previous 12 years and won't continue that, I think is very unfortunate."

WCCO brass told MinnPost that its Saturday audience numbers are similar to those on Friday, but Dayton obviously felt he was being pushed into a less-than-equal timeslot.

While this tempest brews, WCCO is dealing with another black eye to its reputation: The University of Minnesota announced today it's pulling the plug on its deal with the radio station to broadcast Golden Gopher sports.


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