We reported earlier today that Gov. Dayton announced today that he won’t be hosting a weekly radio show. He rejected every bid that was put forward.
WCCO, which hosted the weekly radio show for the Independence Party’s Jesse Ventura and the Republican Party’s Tim Pawlenty, submitted a bid but it was dramatically different than what they proposed in the past.
The weekly show for Ventura and Pawlenty were given a Friday morning, 9AM slot. Update to fix: Ventura’s show aired at 11am on Friday. Pawlenty’s aired at 9am on Friday. The two were also allowed to do remote broadcasts and select their own hosts.
WCCO offered Dayton an hour on Saturday morning at 7 o’clock.
WCCO also said it would not pay for engineers or equipment for remote broadcasts (except for the State Fair show). Both Pawlenty and Ventura were given that luxury by the station. They used it to broadcast from the governor’s annual fishing opener and other events.
Finally, WCCO recommended that Dayton host the show with Ted Mondale. Pawlenty’s sidekick was his Communications Director, Brian McClung. Ventura’s sidekick was his spokesman, John Wodele.
I e-mailed WCCO’s Mick Anselmo to see why WCCO changed their proposal but he hasn’t gotten back to me. He did respond to MinnPost’s David Brauer by saying they still want to host his show.
WCCO’s decision comes less the six months after WCCO’s Michelle Tafoya gave money to Dayton’s GOP rival, Tom Emmer, in the race for governor.
Here’s WCCO’s RFP to Dayton:
Full disclosure: MPR News did not submit a bid to host the governor’s radio show. Dayton, however, is on MPR’s air on a regular basis.