Pawlenty ends radio gig

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed off his weekly radio show for the last time.

Pawlenty ended his nearly eight-year run on WCCO-AM today with his wife Mary serving as his co-host. The final program included telephone interviews with former first lady Laura Bush and fitness guru Richard Simmons. The Republican governor, who’s considering a run for president in 2012, is scheduled to leave office after two terms next month.

Pawlenty, who carried on a radio tradition begun by be predecessor Jesse Ventura, told listeners that the show was always one of the highlights of his week.

“One of the most fun and different things was to be able to come here and have this discussion with Minnesota and the people of Minnesota and give them a chance to shout back at me or question back,” Pawlenty said.

Pawlenty got lots of kudos from several listeners as well as station management. But one caller, identified as Ed from St. Paul, offered a considerably harsher farewell.

“I hope someday you’ll realize the wrongs you’ve done to so many people in Minnesota,” Ed said.

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