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WCCO’s Dave Lee Retires After Three Decades

Lee was honored by MN Gov. Walz naming Friday “Dave Lee Day”.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz honored longtime WCCO Radio host Dave Lee following a 30-year run at the station that ended on Friday. The 67-year-old began his radio career at the age of 18.

 “Dave Lee is a titan of Minnesota radio,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar. “With his signature warm demeanor, he has provided Minnesotans with countless hours of information and entertainment over his decades-long career at WCCO radio. I have fond memories with Dave over the years, especially at the ‘CCO radio booth at the State Fair. He will be sorely missed on Minnesota’s airwaves.”

During an interview  with Lee on Friday, Walz made a surprising proclamation by declaring the day, Dave Lee Day.

 “Dave is everything you would want a morning show host to be,” said Jimmy Erickson, Lee’s producer at WCCO. “He’s knowledgeable, warm, genuine, and has a wonderful voice and delivery. What you hear on the radio is what Dave Lee is like as a person.”

Lee first joined WCCO-AM as a weekend and fill-in host and gradually became part of the Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson morning show.

During his career he also did play-by-play for the Minnesota Gophers and filled in as a Minnesota Twins announcer from 1991 to 1996.

Lee’s career accolades include being named Minnesota’s Sportscaster of the Year six times and winning three Emmy Awards for his television work.

“There were always a million things to do,” Lee said. “I went to almost all the traveling musicals in town. If I went to bed at 7 each night, who knows what’s going to happen – a Twins ‘game, a breaking news story, ‘The Lion King.’ I was sleep-deprived for many, many years, but I felt I couldn’t afford to miss anything.” 

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Rich Zeoli: CNN & MSNBC Want Trump to Run in 2024 ‘More Than Anybody’

Zeoli later added the cable outlets wanted Trump to campaign again even more so than the CPAC Dallas attendees.

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An unofficial straw poll was taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas Saturday, and attendees overwhelmingly suggested they’d prefer former President Donald Trump be the Republican nominee for the 2024 Presidential ticket, garnering 69% of the vote. Rich Zeoli of 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia surmised those in attendance weren’t the only ones who would strongly prefer Trump run again.

“No doubt CNN and MSNBC took sharp turns left during the Trump presidency, but they’re very excited that Donald Trump won the CPAC straw poll vote,” Zeoli said. “So perhaps he will be running (for President in 2024), and perhaps CNN and MSNBC will get to trash him again.”

Zeoli later added the cable outlets wanted Trump to campaign again even more so than the CPAC Dallas attendees.

“You know they want him to run more than anybody wants him to run. It’s them. For the ratings. That’s what they’re looking for.”

Trump is currently both mulling a 2024 presidential bid, while also considering suing CNN for defamation after the network has characterized him as a “liar” for pushing 2020 election conspiracies.

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Carlos Medina Joining XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately.

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Carlos Medina, also known as “Front Office ‘Los”, is joining Tug Cowart and Scott “Rhino” Rheinhold on XTRA 106.3’s The Morning XTRA in Atlanta.

“Carlos’ sports and numbers background make him a great addition to our contemporary and dynamic and entertaining morning show, The Morning XTRA, and will provide insight and entertainment not found on any other Atlanta radio station,” Dickey Broadcasting Company General Manager David Dickey said.

Medina, who earned the nickname “Front Office Los” for his expansion knowledge of sports and statistics, has joined the show immediately. He has also worked as a contributor to Dickey Broadcasting’s 680 The Fan since 2004.

The Morning XTRA airs from 6:00 AM-9:00 AM weekday mornings.

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Jimmy Farrell Named Cox Media Jacksonville VP/Market Manager 

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV.

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Cox Media Group has a new Vice President and Market Manager for its Jacksonville, FL stations. Radio Insight relayed the company’s announcement on Friday that Jimmy Farrell would be promoted from the Director of Sales to overseeing all stations in the market.

One of the stations that Farrell will be managing includes News 104.5 WOKV. After joining the Cox Media Group 19 years ago as an Account Executive in Orlando, Farrell is “honored” to be taking over the role.

“CMG has given me the opportunity to work with the best and brightest in the business, and I’m truly honored to be appointed the next Vice President and General Manager of radio in Jacksonville,” said Farrell. “I look forward to these new challenges and the significant opportunities to come.”

Farrell’s career continued to progress after arriving in Orlando, going from Local Sales Manager at WWKA’ K92 FM’ to General Sales Manager, and most recently as Director of Sales.

“This is an exciting time for CMG Radio, and I continue to be energized by our people,” said Rob Babin, EVP, CMG Radio. “Jimmy is an exceptional leader with a passion for the radio business, CMG, and the teams he leads.

“He has a strong track record of leading sales teams and driving revenue at CMG Orlando and Jacksonville. I look forward to his impact in this new role.”

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