Trial Balloon

Taking Stock & Moving On

Posted at 6:00 AM on June 3, 2010 by Dale Connelly (178 Comments)

Radio Heartland has been rolling along with its eclectic, acoustic mix of listener friendly music for 17 months and 22 days now.

Not that I'm counting.

The aim has always been to stay connected to the listeners who appreciated the casual, quirky style of MPR's long running Morning Show, and to explore new ways to deliver audio programming online and on HD radio in the Twin Cities. For any major Minnesota station to devote a full time announcer to a project that can't be heard over standard radio is, as far as I know, unprecedented.

How has it been going? That's hard to say. HD audiences don't show up in the ratings, and measuring online listenership is tricky. To my way of thinking, the only meaningful yardstick for Radio Heartland has been membership response. In that regard, every individual who makes a contribution and mentions Radio Heartland as a reason for becoming a member represents a success, and we've had thousands of them.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has joined in this effort.

However, management has decided the cost of this project is too great, and I have been told my Radio Heartland assignment will end with this Friday morning's show. My services are no longer needed and my job at MPR vanishes completely at the end of the month. You can read more about the decision here.

The good news is this - two extremely important components remain in place. Mike Pengra will stay in his producer / music picker role and JASPER, the computer you named back in January 2009, is tireless, so the familiar Heartland stream will continue online and on HD radio. What does that mean for the future of Radio Heartland? Alas, I have no crystal ball. If you have opinions and advice regarding what happens next, you may send your thoughts to

This decision comes as a surprise to me. As many of you already know from your personal stories (so generously shared on this blog) when you get to be a certain age, the sudden changes that come are often dark and unwelcome but we are resilient people who are very good at imagining the worst and naturally inclined to hope for the best. This is another one of those situations that only appears dire. Greater trials are visited every day on good people who are much less deserving of trouble. Because I know you'll be concerned, I want to assure you that I'll be fine.

Thanks for your support and friendship during the last year and a half, and in many cases well before that, stretching back 34 years to the June day when I started at MPR's station KRSW in Worthington, a 20-year-old broadcast journalist fresh out of college. It has been my great privilege to be one of the people inside your radio and more recently your computer or smartphone or HD gizmo or whatever you want to call it. Regardless of whose voice is coming out of the speaker, I have always believed that everyone who listens should make a contribution. The personnel will always change. The technology is only a detail. The real success story of public radio in Minnesota has always been about what happens outside the box of wires. You made MPR great with your support, and it will always be great as long as you are there.

As for the Dale Connelly Show, we have two days left to play as many of your requests as time allows.

What would you like to hear?

Comments (178)

I didn't sleep very well last night and spent time thinking about what I would say this morning, but now that I'm sitting here in front of the screen, tears are welling up. For some reason, this feels much sadder than when TMS ended. So sad that MPR doesn't recognize treasure in their own backyard or is brave enough keep the unprecedented as they head into the future.

Morning Heartlanders. What shall we do?

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 6:09 AM

For t hose who are just getting this news, I'd recommend a quick trip through the TB posts from yesterday afternoon.

I am heartsick at this loss, which I will experience as a two-part loss. I've been sharing mornings with Dale for about 34 years, and now I face the prospect of doing without his excellent company. Second, I cannot help regarding his loss as a betrayal by MPR, an organization for which I have had the highest regard in the past.

I am angry at my own loss, but much more angry at this dismissal of a classy and talented guy who has given MPR his very best effort.

Valerie Arganbright's irritating letter seems to suggest that I should be consoled by the fact that the RH signal will continue without Dale. Well, not for me. I have no loyalty to Jasper. I can get an even more appealing mix of music on Folk Alley. I've been here on RH because of Dale.

Above all, it just hurts to see so little corporate loyalty toward an excellent employee. I don't know when I might find it in my heart to forgive this.

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 6:12 AM

me and my shadow
bop til ypi frop
i feel good
little potato
bach cello concerto suite 1
are the tunes thst come to minf

i'm numb

Posted by tim | June 3, 2010 6:13 AM

oh Dale, i don't know what to say. but my first instinct is to cancel our sustaining membership. i know that isn't what you'd want, but Steve and i think it's the thing to do. that's a cold, un-Heartland decision. we can only respond in kind. of course, we're happy for Mike, but the quirky mix, the banter, the thoughtful themes in your song selection, your attention, sense of humor, ... well, a computer can't replace you. i'm so sorry and so sad.
i'd request for Friday morning, "You Are My Sunshine" - the Peter Ostroushko version, please.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 3, 2010 6:14 AM

Many, many, thanks for your efforts to bring humor and good music to all of us. I don't know what to tell you to play. I guess the local musicians would top my list - Ann, Dean, Peter, Butch, etc.

You will be very greatly missed by many who, I am sure, very much appreciate your broadcasting efforts.

Posted by Jim | June 3, 2010 6:17 AM

So long, Dale, and "thanks for all the fish."*

I haven't heard you for 34 years, but I have listened since you joined Jim Ed on the Morning Show. You'll be missed here in Northfield, not only for your commentary and music, but for your literary output.

I wish you well and hope to see your name in lights somewhere down the road so I know what you're doing on that road.

*Lyrics:"So long and thanks for all the fish
So sad that it should come to this..."

Posted by Ken in Northfield | June 3, 2010 6:19 AM

Good choice, Barb. Dale, I don't know what I can add except that I am astonished by the ongoing failure of the organization to understand the full scope of what RH is and what the Morning Show was. You are integral to the programming. I guess we should be glad that we had a reprieve for 18 months but I cannot shake my perception that an injustice has been done to you and to all of us, your thousands of loyal listeners.
Thank you, Dale.

Posted by Connie in LP | June 3, 2010 6:25 AM

"What would you like to hear?" ... That you've landed a new "job" (hopefully a labor of love). That you've started a blog again, perhaps "this is it balloon" and that there will be a way for us to locate it.. And then "You're my Little Potato" and/or "See You in the Morning" (by the Buffalo Gals). Take care, Dale, and thanks very much for the 34 years.

Posted by Roy | June 3, 2010 6:25 AM

Barb -- I feel as you and Steve do. On MPR's Contact Page it says "Member support is our life blood". For me personally, Dale is the life blood of MPR, since that's who I've almost exclusively listened to for all these years. I'm not dissin' Mike or Jasper, but I know I won't be getting up right away every morning to turn on the radio (as I have for decades now) without Dale.

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 6:25 AM

I put my request in yesterday when I got the e-mail: Don't Leave Your Records in the Sun from John Hartford's Mark Twang album. I wish this weren't happening.

Posted by Holly of Northfield | June 3, 2010 6:26 AM

Heart wrenching news, achy tears.

Do you have John Hartfords Washing Marchine?
Elvis Costello Good Year for the Roses
That Galazy song
Beula Land!
oh, so many other but I can't think!

I'm going to stop by sustainingness in protest and judge my support as it goes at MPR.

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 6:30 AM

Greetings! I just don't know what to say -- I sent my request in to Dale already. While I still feel betrayed by MPR and a great loss, I want to echo Dale's positive attitude and know he will be fine and use his talents elsewhere.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | June 3, 2010 6:30 AM

Oh, I just read all the comments! Steve is right, I feel betrayed! And it SO VERY SHABBY to treat you this way Dale! I feel asheamed and betrayed, ish. I did not pay good money to feel like this.

You better take our email addresses Dale and let us know where you go! Even if it's just your front porch. I'm technical, I could look into streaming, I do webcast stuff for crying out loud. You don't need a very but computer.

Posted by Kim In Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 6:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.
Mike and I will be working to get as many requests on the air as possible today and tomorrow, so keep the ideas coming.

To the Heartland blog audience - I don't think "Trial Balloon" will continue through MPR, which is too bad because this community of listeners has been a wonderful, companionable group. I intend to establish my own web presence with a new blog at

Posted by Dale Connelly | June 3, 2010 6:40 AM

Stunned, dismayed and...yes, I had trouble keeping this turn of events out of mind Monday-Friday early morning companion gone for good? Well, others on this list have said it more eloquently than I...

My 19th year anniversary at work is coming up on the 17th...and a bittersweet one it will be...perhaps you will have time today or tomorrow to play John Hartford's "Tall Buildings" one more time as I contemplate how I feel about the company I work for...and my future with it begin of a retirement age and all...Thanks, Dale....for everything.

(Yes, I know you will be okay, but will the rest of us?)

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | June 3, 2010 6:42 AM

What I want to hear is that MPR has reconsidered and that we can all be together again at the Fair.

In the meantime, I'll settle for some songs including Dale's favorites and The Cat Came Back" for old times sake, Peter Ostrouschko's "You Are My Sunshine Guys" for sentiment," and "Trees in Love" for spite!

Posted by Beth-Ann | June 3, 2010 6:43 AM

Obviously upset, I can't type.
It IS shabby
very big computer

I'm glad I didn't spend any more on hd radios yet.

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 6:43 AM

I am so sorry this is happening. I was sorry that "The Morning Show" ended and was happy that at least I could listen to some great music from Dale on the PC and as a bonus read "The Trial Balloon" every day. I'm not so sure I'll continue being a sustaining member. This will be a sad but grateful "so long, it's been good to know you" to Dale, Mike, Jasper and the wonderful people who blogged. I have tears in my eyes.

Posted by Barb in Starbuck | June 3, 2010 6:48 AM

I can't add anymore adjectives that haven't been used. Thank you, Dale. You're a friend to me, and you have been ever since you joined Jim Ed in the morning. My children grew up listening to you and (in spite of themselves) have have whole library of great and quirky music installed in their memories.
I wish you the best, and I hope we'll have some way of tracking you - a blog would be some slight consolation, I guess.
As for music - how about "The Hunting Stars?"

Posted by Jean | June 3, 2010 6:55 AM

I feel I owe MPR all the loyalty they just showed Dale.

There. Is that concise enough?

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 6:57 AM

Good morning all. Friends of mine know I'm not interested on blogging, at least until RH came along. Dale, mike and all of you changed that for me, because of the music, literate wit, goats, stories, and much more. Though I don't write often, I listen and read every day. Thank you for that.

I second the comments of Roy, Connie, Barb and others. I am greatly saddened by this turn of events, for Dale and Mike, for the musicians who depend on all the efforts to get their music heard, and for all of us who listen.

I have thought long and hard in the past 24 hours about how to respond. In addition to a note of support to Dale and a polite but honest email to member services and the president's office, I feel I must vote with my pocketbook, at least for now. In thinking about Dale's comments regarding what's worth agonizing over, I will put my monthly contribution toward efforts in Haiti and Guatemala. I hope to make room for mpr again in the future.

It will be a happy day when you have a new gig, Dale, whatever that looks like, and I hope that all of us can continue this blog on Facebook or elsewhere. Sorry this is so lengthy; I guess it makes up for the days I left the writing to others. Thanks all.

(and as I get ready to post this, Dale plays my request of Scarlet Tide. You are the best.)

Posted by Cynthia from Minneapolis | June 3, 2010 7:03 AM

Recently the Dunn Bros near my place of employment closed without much notice. I had formed friendships with a number of employees there but in particular with one young man who had a wealth of knowledge about music and eclectic tastes in music. I was so sad when the shop closed but realized that the folks who were working there had had their lives and routines radically altered without their consent, not to mention they were losing sources of income.

Dale, I'm so sorry that you've had your world shaken up so unceremoniously. I listen first to your show and second to RadioHeartland. While I might play RadioHeartland on the computer while I'm folding laundry or whatever, I make a point to try to listen to your show every day at work. The work you did was important to all of us who comment here, I'm sure, and always appreciated. Thanks for the fine programming you've personally provided for the last 17+ months.

I guess there is a list of songs we "should" hear. Someone mentioned the Charlie Chaplin tune "Smile". I think Madeleine Peyroux covered that very nicely. I personally like to hear anything by Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, or Howlin' Wolf.

I will miss the community that formed around this blog. I have done a really poor job of concealing much about myself on the Internet, so I have no problem saying here that I can be found on Facebook by my full name, which is Elinor Scott-Sutter.

Have good day, all. --Elinor

Posted by elinor | June 3, 2010 7:04 AM

Dale - Thank you for 34 great years. I have enjoyed your work in all it's forms, as a reporter, radio host and writer. My morning won't be the same without your wonderful humor and intelligent comments added to the music.

For these last two days, I hope you pick your favorites, not ours. Your picks have always been great and we won't get to hear your choices after Friday.

Thanks again for the music, the mock operas, the witty serials, the clever writing. We will miss you.

Posted by Jan | June 3, 2010 7:08 AM

I see a lot of us have tears this morning. Glad I'm not alone. I just can't imagine not hearing Dale's voice in the morning with each thought tinged with a subtle sense of humor, the thoughtful and (I believe the word's already been used) quirky combinations of songs...

The best thing I've read so far is this sentence: "I intend to establish my own web presence with a new blog at"

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 3, 2010 7:10 AM

Wow. This is so disappointing. I listen to the Dale Connely show, but do NOT listen to Jasper during the day. Jasper doesn't not have a personality, does not take requests, does not interview musicians.
Dale, I appreciate your optimism and thoughtfulness. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by Sarah Jane | June 3, 2010 7:13 AM

How about "If You Only Knew" by Van Morrison.

I am sorry Dale. My family will miss you. Please go on the road with your radio plays and wry commentary.


Posted by patrick moore | June 3, 2010 7:13 AM

I'm trying to gather wits enough to write. What sad, sad news. How wretched, Dale, is the irony of you meeting the MPR listeners at the open house only a few weeks ago. There you were greeting folks as a long time friend of the MPR supporters and a representative of the MPR 'every listener counts' pitch line. That must sit like mud in your mouth right now.

I hope I can speak for those of us who have listened to RH these many months when I say that we have thoroughly enjoyed you and the world of kindness and respect that you have constructed for us via Radio Heartland and the Tral Baloon Blog. It has been a joyful, creative and uplifting experience - thank you so much for that, Dale.

I am glad that you will continue your blog. Hope we can keep you, the best of the best, close by in some manner.

Can you play "Smile" sung by Nat King Cole? Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | June 3, 2010 7:14 AM

Jean: "The Hunting Stars"?? I can't find you have any more information (artist, album?)

Posted by Mike Pengra | June 3, 2010 7:16 AM

a guy named dale put on a show
and at 6am we would all go
and listen to some tunes its true
but more than that always came through

the smile and heart came through each day
along with the music that was played
and now i hear we'll still get songs
but the heart has been cut and before too long

the tunes will sound like a cd shuffle
and others may try it's not too tough it'll
be a millenium audio test
will folks still listen if we cut out the best

the music is there they ought to be glad
the tunes are the same and its really not bad
but something is missing an invisable trait
maybe noone will miss it but then again wait...

life's more than whats there is how its presented
bill kling gave us life but now hes relented
and all in the name of the almighty dollar
mpr will be there with classical scholars

and news and hedbangers are part of the mix
and you can hear people announcing their picks
without announcers its just a virtual jukebox
kind of a musical version of fox

so thats what we've come to
beancounting programmers
i like mike pengra but in my pajamas
when i get up in the morning i'm looking for dale
anything less will be less comparisons pale

now we get two days to say goodbye
i hope they go broke and shrivel and die
i'm really upset and they dont seem to get it
to cut dale is hurtful i think they'll regret it

to my heartlad friends thanks a bunch its been grand
and now its all gone with one mpr swipe of the hand
we can get together another time and place and mpr can sit with smug smiles on their face

but i can't feel tha same bout my former radio station
used to think they were one of the worlds great creations
now i find they are maggots with classical taste
who through tough times have the a backbone of paste

i love you dale truely the magic you brought to the mix
its so much more than the musical picks
mpr ought to know that. i'll bet they will learn
that theres more to more to it than a cd that turns

in a studio with a connection to a wire
that plays songs for your ears yet loses the fire
in june 2010 in minneapolis and st paul
the day the music died and that is not all

we've heard about the way our dollars will be spent
the pledges weve made the checks tat we've sent
will pay for the current , the news and some bach
but dale is gone music there but no talk

i love you good bye
mpr makes me sick
i'll be fine so will dale
but his boss is a man whose priorities are not what they should be

Posted by tim | June 3, 2010 7:17 AM

I'm not ready for this yet... not ready to add much today.
Do go check out
His wit is still there and we may yet survive this! I see a glimmer of the group surviving!!


Posted by Ben | June 3, 2010 7:17 AM

I grew up listening to the Morning Show with Jim Ed and Dale Connelly. Every morning before school, while getting ready, eating breakfast, the Morning Show was on. My parents were huge fans :) When the Morning Show ended, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Then along comes Radio Heartland. The music selection, the wonderful hosting by Dale. I listen to it every day at work. When I was laid off, I tried to listen to the rebroadcast every day (I wasn't always successful). Now that I'm back to work, I turn it on as soon as my computer is running. I don't know what I'm going to do now. Thank you Dale, for broadening my taste in music! I always enjoy the sets of songs that you put together. We'll all miss you :'(

I'll miss all of you fellow bloggers as well. It's been so great to "meet" you all. Reading your posts has given me great enjoyment. It's wonderful to be able to converse in an educated and mannerly way. This is a rarity in today's world. Hopefully, we'll find another place to blog together.

As for my requests, I would love to hear something from Varttina, the Prairie Sun song that's only heard on Mondays, and I also put in a request for Little Potato and You Are My Sunshine by Peter. Thank you for everything Dale! I know you will have a wonderful life :)

Thank you again,
Alanna P. in MIchigan

Posted by Alanna in MI | June 3, 2010 7:19 AM

Today it's "Radio Heartbroken" for me. Dale, you're a class act, and you should be very proud of what you've accomplished in getting RH going. You've been the human element that keeps it from simply being a big ipod or another Pandora. In the tradition of your own Morning Show you were able to continue introducing us to excellent and unique music, both local and distant. I'll miss that greatly.

I don't know if JASPER will be programmed to play "Prairie Sun" every Monday morning. If not, I'd like to cast a vote for that at 7:00am tomorrow -- wrong day but right time, one last time, for the sake of tradition.

Posted by Jeff in Brooklyn Park | June 3, 2010 7:20 AM

I agree with the "this really sucks" attitudes above. Jasper may be full of music, and Mike Pengra full of productivity, but voice and heart came from you, Dale. Now Radio Heartland will be another eclectic internet radio station. I'm kind of glad I let my membership lapse.

Congratulations, MPR! You've joined the Pawlenty Administration in making mediocre the new excellent.

Posted by Pat B | June 3, 2010 7:20 AM

Oh, and to answer the question:
(from among)
Krista Detor's Icarus
Iris Dement's Our Town
Iris Dement - Let the Mystery Be
Greg Brown - Just a Bum, Canned Goods, Iowa Waltz, Daughters

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 3, 2010 7:25 AM

Jeff -- good thought. I was just thinking a while ago that I won't have that 7 a.m. joy (there is usually dancing involved) on Mondays anymore. But hearing it tomorrow at 7 would be PERFECT.

Ben... I've been to Trial Baboon as well. Funny even on a sad day.

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 7:26 AM

We all know that you are a class act, Dale, and will end your show in a postive manner. I will not have much to say about the bad choice that MPR has made, but I am in agreement with what others have said.

I have to get going this morning, but I hope some of you will start making some kind of a plan for some way of honoring Dale, may be an event of some kind?

Dale,I'm glad to learn that we will be able to keep in touch with you at

Posted by Jim | June 3, 2010 7:27 AM

Jim - excellent idea about a gathering... one of my many MPR dreams last night was about a meeting at the station where we all signed up for "Goat Parties" on big white boards. I know, warped.

I have a big ole house in SW Mpls and I'd be happy to have a Dale Connelly picnic or something.

Off to work... will check back in awhile!

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 7:37 AM

I don't have time to read the blog yet, Vet appointment at 8:00, then I head out of town for the weekend. I'm so sad for all of us, especially Dale. These songs are going to make me cry. Beautiful Goodbye by Neal and Leandra comes to mind. Play it any time between 7;00-9:00 today or tomorrow Dale, just make sure these last 2 days are archived, so I can listen to all the requests over and over. I will miss you so much. Terrible timing.

Posted by Jennifer in St. Louis Park | June 3, 2010 7:37 AM

How about We'll Meet Again?

Posted by Paul | June 3, 2010 7:38 AM

I am crushed! MPR is crazy not to treasure and foster this gem of a show. How were you supposed to make it without even a tagline on their main website... My membership is in flux. Thank you for your intelligent humor and the quality music program that you brought to us. Now, you and Jim Ed team up and get your own internet show for the rest of us. I would enjoy hearing the sushi song.

Posted by Suzanne | June 3, 2010 7:40 AM

Hope you can play "The Mary Ellen Carter" by Stan Rogers.
Rise again, indeed.

Posted by Tony | June 3, 2010 7:40 AM

For some odd reason, it'll seem right to hear "Stay" by Jackson Browne around about 9:00 AM of Friday.

Thanks for the warm and friendly voice that welcomed my mornings.

Posted by Daniel Rude | June 3, 2010 7:41 AM

MPR presenting the RH stream as a subsitute for Dale's presence sounds to me like someone suggesting after the death of a beloved pet that you could just have it taxidermied and put it in the family room. As a bonus, you don't have to feed it then.

My membership dollars will be looking for a less boneheaded organization to call home in the future.

I'd love to hear Jan Marra's Spanish If A Loving Tongue if you can do it....I know you have to go to the basement for that one. I guess it's my last chance to ask, since Jasper can't go to the basement...but then, he doesn't eat much, does he?

Posted by Linda in St. Paul (West Side) | June 3, 2010 7:41 AM

So sorry to hear about your departure, Dale. I joined MPR back in the 80's as a fan of the Morning Show. It has always been a great way tp start my day, especially when the news can be so depressing to wake up too.

Ii still miss Jim Ed, but figure everyone has a right to retire; they don't have to keep working just to please me. I doesn't seem like that is the case here- you are not the one making the choice - so very sad.

Thank you Dale for all you have done. We love you-

As for requests- how about "Rawhide", where else can I hear that?

Posted by Jan Cuccia | June 3, 2010 7:43 AM

Everyone else has said the feelings I have about this grim turn of events. I can't stop supporting MPR because I listen to the news station too often and have to support that too. I will probably write a letter to the station though.

I think what I will miss the most are the thoughtful musical threads and odd juxtapositioning that are woven into the playlist when organized by Dale. Will Mike be able to get the overly personified Jasper to do that? I certainly hope so.

As for a request, I would love to hear not a song but one of the highly original and wildly funny skits featuring Dale's characters brought to life by talented Jim Ed. These were always my favorite part of TMS.

So Dale I hope to be able to experience your warm cleverness soon. Good luck and I'm sorry.

Posted by Mike In Lake Elmo | June 3, 2010 7:46 AM

I think everybody reading this should go sharpen their pitchforks, light torches, and go down to MPR HQ. Eh it would make the news, and the bail would be relatively low for us so why not?

Posted by Aaron | June 3, 2010 7:47 AM

Thanks Dale!

Posted by Alanna in MI | June 3, 2010 7:57 AM

So many things have already been said. I have been a regular listener to Dale (and Jim Ed) since I was in Junior High and "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" was part of the morning. I still miss Incredible Betty, and will miss all the other fun characters, including those I've met on the blog.

I will miss Dale, but as much as anything else, I will miss the community created by the Morning Show and then Radio Heartland. JASPER can provide me the music, but not that sense of community.

I sent in a few requests yesterday - but I second the sentiments above, Dale - play some of your favorites for us.

Will watch for you on - and would love to have a gathering sometime of the group (would it be too cruel to call it a MN "Unfair" and hold it in August?...).

Posted by Anna | June 3, 2010 7:58 AM

Dale, I've also listened to your show through your entire career at MPR. I am very sad and disappointed by your departure. My wife and I have been "Day Sponsors" of MPR (June 20) for years, primarily because of your show.* Now we have to reconsider. You will be missed.

I am too stunned to think of a song to request. First it was GK leaving the Prairie Home Morning Show, then Jim Ed retiring, and now...

*I wonder if MPR will air our Day Sponsor appreciation message to you on June 20 :-)

Posted by Doug | June 3, 2010 7:59 AM

I am crying here.
What is MPR thinking?
Dale is the jewel in their crown and a kind, loving, generous presence to the Karma of Minnesota.

I too, am a sustainer and Dale is the reason I have continued being a sustainer. I have to think long and hard about that.

I'm crying too much to write more.

Thank you, Dale, for the gifts you have shared with us.


Posted by Claire in St. Paul | June 3, 2010 7:59 AM

happy trails...the sons of the pioneersso long its been great to know ya
bob dylan forever young
bob dylan don't think twice
the brick on the head song

Posted by tim | June 3, 2010 7:59 AM

How sad for all of us. One random chop and the whole landscape changes overnight. You were our cup of morning coffee. However they try to spin it, there goes the "Minnesota" out of MPR.

Posted by robin | June 3, 2010 8:03 AM

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, but I feel I have to say something. I'm looking at my record collection right now and can't help but notice how many of them I first heard through The Morning Show and later through RH. Dale - I am in your debt.

The perfect song for this occasion has already been requested--Stan Rogers' "Mary Ellen Carter." The line about "smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go" seems somehow appropriate, but more important is the overall message. Dale - you'll rise again. We're waiting for that day, and we'll be there with you.

Posted by Don in West St. Paul | June 3, 2010 8:03 AM

Mike Pengra: the singer you couldn't place for that request, "The Hunting Stars" is South Africa's Tony Bird. The song, I believe, is "Sorry Africa."

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 8:03 AM


I am so sorry to hear you must leave. I have listened to your morning radio show for the past 15 years and it is a necessary part of my day!! I have enjoyed having your company during breakfast and the morning paper and will miss you much. Thanks for introducing me to new artists over the past years. My request is to hear "Cry, Cry, Cry" by Lindsay Mac.

Thanks for so many years of fine radio show hosting!!! You are the best!

Posted by Marnie | June 3, 2010 8:04 AM

Dale, so sorry to hear what is happening. I live in Northern Minnesota and can only get RH on-line and have loved every minute of it. My kids have grown up hearing you in the morning and I feel have grown to love a wide variety of music due to RH. Dale, you are RH and we will miss you.

Posted by Tim | June 3, 2010 8:04 AM

What a blow! I’m mad!! Plenty mad!!! But then I don’t really get mad anymore because it isn’t very constructive.

As with the earlier blogger, I have been a listener for a long time and probably heard the first words of Dale Connelly on air in the Twin Cities. Listening gets to be a habit after that length of time…

An earlier request covered the first song that came to mind, “Safe at Anchor”. Wonder how many songs and artists have come into my life as a product of listening to the Morning show?

Guess a couple of good requests would be “Walkin’ in the Sun” or “Pack of Sorrows”. As I have learned over the years, they’re all good…

As a former employee of the corporation and a volunteer for over 25 years, MPR has meant a lot to me personally. As one who has met and worked with Dale, my life has been enriched.

As Jakob Dylan says, “Something Good This Way Comes”…

Posted by Jaker | June 3, 2010 8:05 AM

Remember that there are other ways to support public radio without sending your money to the MPR conglomerate...KFAI and KBEM in Minnepolis to name a couple. Outstate Minnesota has some wonderful alternatives, too.

Posted by Karla in South Minneapolis | June 3, 2010 8:08 AM

Mike Pengra: the singer you couldn't place (for "the Hunting Stars") is South Africa's Tony Bird. The Song is "Sorry Africa."

Hope this helps.

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 8:09 AM

Dale - you will be missed. And I don't know what to do with our two HD radios ( one in the car, one in the house ).

I'm beyond words at the moment- please play:

I've Grown Accustomed To His Face, by Connie Evingson , which in your case, we've grown accustomed to your voice.

Oh, boo hoo. I miss you already.

I'm sorry - no technology can replace you!

Posted by Krista | June 3, 2010 8:09 AM

See, who else ? would think to put this spin on it, that it's RH's "first step to legitimacy" to sack it's live announcer... And that promise to make some mistakes - play the wrong track, give the wrong temperature... Those are pure Dale Connelley.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 3, 2010 8:13 AM

Steve -- there's another photo you'll enjoy on today!

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 8:13 AM


Posted by Aaron | June 3, 2010 8:14 AM

Dale, I'm sad that you and Radio Heartland are leaving the air. It's the best show on radio. When Jim and TMS left the air, and now again, I feel like a friend has died. I'll still listen, but it won't be the same. Another family-owned resort is being replaced with a corporate-own hotel and convention center.

Posted by tom hess | June 3, 2010 8:22 AM

I'm listening to you from our Atlanta home. I'm a transplant from MN, have listened to you forever, Dale. I've been grateful that we can still listen to you down here in the South. To be honest, I'm not surprised that you have been sacked, as I've felt for a long time that MPR has been forsaking its grassroots spirit and values. We all get the issue of demographics, the issue of staying afloat, of producing new programs that meet the needs of a younger audience, BUT, your abrupt departure is proof that the MPR mission will be pursued at any cost. It is a CORPORATE mission, first and last. Any chance you can go to KBEM? They seem open to variety, to eclectic programming. They get my bucks. I'm done with MPR membership. Best wishes, Dale, and thanks for everything. See you down the road. For sure!

Posted by Kristi | June 3, 2010 8:25 AM


Having lost my job in November, I can tell you that you will be OK. Up to that point, your show, both on RH and its predecssor, were a refuge for me from a job I no longer liked.

Ironically, losing my job made it harder for me to listen to the show, since I was no longer tethered to a computer (no HD radio signal here), plus re-enrolling in our local community college full-time for the last semester.

I am one of the thousands who did state Radio Heartland and your show were a factor in being a member. When I got Ms. Arganbright's email yesterday, I was shocked that even though your show was ending, MPR does not value your talent enough to find a role for you.

Like many others, take this chance to re-invent yourself. Thank you for what you've given us.

Mike Murtaugh
Albert Lea

Posted by Mike in Albert Lea | June 3, 2010 8:26 AM

My love for MPR started in 1997. I stumbled upon Dale and Jim Ed's morning show while attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I was hooked. Hooked by the radio personalities, the interviews, the fantastic variety of music. I loved the vivacity of the show.
When they moved to HD I quickly bought speakers for my macbook so I could continue to listen in the kitchen, then with my two small children.
When Jim Ed retired I stood in line to attend the show at the Fitz. What a wonderful tribute to him and the show.
Turning on the Dale Connely show is the first thing I do each morning. And then I make breakfast for my now three kids. The tunes, his jokes, finding out about great new musicians are part of our rhythm and joy. It's something I'm grateful for, always.
Dale, I am so sorry about you losing your job. I hope you quickly find something that is meaningful to you. You've been a part of my mornings for the past 13 years.
MPR, I'm so disappointed. So disappointed. I know money is the root of it. You know you need to do what you need to do, but you might lose some friends along the way.
Sarah Lightner

Posted by Sarah Lightner | June 3, 2010 8:28 AM

My mornings will be empty without your voice coming out the the speakers. I hope you can find a new place to broadcast online. Please play You Are My Sunshine, the Low or Johnny Cash version if you have it.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
(The Dale Connelly show in the morning)
Please don't take my sunshine away

MPR - Please don't take my sunshine away!

Posted by Kim | June 3, 2010 8:29 AM

Ok, now I'm crying for real.......

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 8:29 AM

I moved to the Twin Cities from Colorado in June 1991. Discovering the Morning Show and the St Paul Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt made me feel more truly a Minnesotan . . . imagine coming home from an all-night, below zero medallion hunting session, listening to the Morning Show. The Last Morning Show was a bittersweet event; I was one of the crazies in line at 3:15 am, having grown used to those early winter morning hours. Radio Heartland with Dale has been a wonderful 17 month reprieve. The email from Valerie Arganbright yesterday was just bitter. I've been gradually ramping up my sustaining member contribution, always making quite clear that it was for Radio Heartland AND Dale Connelly. I feel that MPR broke the contract for my continued sustenance. I answered that email with a reply saying that MPR is being terminated from my list (KBEM, KFAI, Cedar Cultural Center continue . . . for now) as of the end of June. I also included Valerie on the cc; I assume her email is Yes, it is. I just received her reply that she is canceling my membership. Finis.

Good luck to you, Dale. Hope to hear and see you on down the road. I've hired Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands to headline at the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival at Minnehaha Park on Labor Day. Please put that on your calendar. I'm sure we can find a front row seat for you. 8-) Laurie singing Kate Wolf's Unfinished Life on her Blossoms CD describes how I plan to deal with MPR's abrupt ending of our relationship.

I agree with the request for Iris Dement's Our Town. I think that's a fitting song to turn out the lights on this little community.

Posted by Jim in Minnetonka | June 3, 2010 8:35 AM

I think the MPR management should let us come into the studio on Friday , because Dale and Mike shouldn''t shouldn't go out alone. I would come by taxi from Hopkins, the fare would be extremely worth it after all that Dale has done for us. I wonder if you could dig up Gillian Welch's 'One Little Song' before you go today.

Posted by Aaron | June 3, 2010 8:38 AM

Dale, my husband respectfully requests Big Bill Broonzey's Key to the Highway, and offers it to you as a gesture of support.

Posted by Renee | June 3, 2010 8:39 AM

Well damn.

No grand good-bye party this time but I plan on sitting out in front of the studio listening on the I-device tomorrow.

Dale, for your sake I wiill try not to be vindictive - but damn.

Posted by Erick | June 3, 2010 8:40 AM

Dale - In You've Got Mail, she says as she is closing her beloved bookstore that her mother owned before her, "Everyone says it will be alright, but its not and I feel like I have lost my mother all over again". She even sees an image of her mother dancing around the room with her, just as I did with my daughters while listening to Waltzing with Bears on the Morning Show. That is how I felt when I got my member update yesterday with the awful news that once again we were losing a treasure. MPR has treated a treasure shabbily. This is not the first time. First they put the Morning Show on the Current (what kind of a move was that?), then we lost the Morning Show (I just recently took the CD of the last show out my car. I had to play it because I had no way to get HD in my car and I sometimes just had to have it on my way to work). My concillation was that we would still be able to get RH. Now we are losing the heart and soul of that, one that seemed to understand ours. I wonder just how many of the sustaining members are here because of RH? Find a new outlook for us to transfer our membership dollars to. It seems that is the only thing that MPR can understand. I am heartbroken and it would take a lot to think it would all be alright.

Posted by Laurie | June 3, 2010 8:41 AM

Oh my. I was so delighted to hear Safe at Anchor this morning, a song I requested every year for my anniversary, and then I heard your NEWS. As one of the people lucky enough to get a seat at the LAST airing of the Morning Show at the Fitzgerald in 2008 I say, NOT AGAIN! I am crushed. Your delightful and quirky personality, and great music, and your obvious camraderie with so many wonderful musicians is irreplacable. I"ll throw Connie Caldor's I Have You, a song I requested for my daughters birthday every year into the ring, if you have time. She just graduated from college last month.
I have been a member since 1977, and I think MPR does so many things so well. This is not one of them. I am so sad and disappointed.

Posted by Melissa | June 3, 2010 8:44 AM

Thank you for expanding my musical tastes over the years! Dale, it has been a joy over the years to hear you and I will miss your voice. I hope that you will be able to share it with us again soon someplace, somehow.

My request would be for "The Last Minstrel Show" by Jean Redpath.

Wishing you all the best in whatever your next great adventure may be!


Posted by Dan | June 3, 2010 8:45 AM

Well, I always write on my contribution to MPR that if they mess with RH, we are through. We are.

I now realize my paltry contribution does not matter and will feel free to freeload the news and send my pennies where they do matter.

I've left a comment for the rest of you fellow travellers on

Dale, I shall watch your waltz with the Trail Baboon in the Teal Ballroom with interest.

Mike, no offense, but if they don't let you talk, we won't know you're there.

Posted by catherine | June 3, 2010 8:46 AM

I can only echo so many of the earlier posts: Dale has been the reason I've listned to MPR for the past 20 years (now is one time I wish I were older so I could have listened for all of Dale's 34 years!) My mornings have been made brighter and happier because of Dale's excellent and varied selection of music, his quirky sense of humor, and his wonderful voice and personality. I used to look forward to my alarm going off because I knew Dale would be playing songs I either loved or would come to enjoy. A computer substitute is not even worth listening to. I, too, am going to cancel my membership to MPR. Sorry, Dale, if it isn't what you'd like, but if MPR doesn't value your work and your show after all these years, I can't support it any longer.

I will miss you and Radio Heartland terribly. Your approach to music has taught me to appreciate it seriously and laugh at the same time.

I've been meaning to request "Once I was the King of Spain" by Moxy Fruvous for a long time. If you have time to play it, I'd love to hear it. It's not really a "good-bye, thanks for everything song"--but it's a song I would never have known if not for you.

Posted by Catherine | June 3, 2010 8:46 AM

The heck with my job this morning. And tomorrow I already have off (hubby's last day home on leave) so I'll be able to catch the last show in its entirety. Here we go again - I remember when they tried to cancel TMS and had to rethink that; I was in line at the Fitz with so many others when TMS ended; I was overjoyed when RH started and rushed to get HD in my car and home, like so many others; now this.
Many thoughts on the drive in this am - Beth-Ann beat me to the punch on requesting Trees in Love (our song of protest!) and I see that the concepts of having gatherings and ensuring that Dale has our email addresses has already been covered, too. But Dale's new blog will help ease the sense of loss a little - be sure to check it out at Tim, your poem above exactly captures my feelings about RH without its heart and soul. MPR has totally lost sight of its priorities. The only way I know of to make my displeasure heard is through the pocketbook.
I'd like to suggest a Garnet Rogers song - Dale you pick. One of the mamy artists I heard first on Dale's show.

Posted by Connie in LP | June 3, 2010 8:49 AM

What would I like to hear? I'd like to hear about a new radio station in the Twin Cities...

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | June 3, 2010 8:50 AM

Thinking on Rawhide got me thinking about a song that may be on vinyl - but you've trotted it out more than once, I think: the Theme from the Magnificent Seven on bagpipes. I think it's a Canadian bagpipe band. Any chance that could get into the mix sometime? Just 'cuz it's so darn goofy.

Oh, I will miss being able to request all these quirky, odd, songs that would otherwise not get airtime. And all the great local folkies. And the non-local folkies. And all the other unquantifiable stuff.

Posted by Anna | June 3, 2010 8:51 AM

I have loved this station, and listen to it daily. I've actually purchased a great deal of music after hearing something I liked on this station. This station has introduced me to great new music, I don't know what I'm going to do without it. I have made MPR contributions solely for this station.

Posted by Elizabeth | June 3, 2010 8:51 AM

Oh Dale, Of course! Pat Donohue! Yucky indeed!

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 8:55 AM

This makes me sad. Maybe MPR has its priorities messed up. Maybe there is some poison in the system.

Nogies Creek please!

Lyrics to Nogies Creek

Posted by Jim Hartmann | June 3, 2010 8:55 AM

This makes me sad. Maybe MPR has its priorities messed up. Maybe there is some poison in the system.

Nogies Creek please!

Lyrics to Nogies Creek

Posted by Jim Hartmann | June 3, 2010 8:56 AM

Looking at the 2008 MPR Annual Report, you would think a company with net assets of $67,559,000 would be able to "sustain" the Dale Connelly show!

Please play John Koerner Everybody's Going for the Money!

Posted by Kim | June 3, 2010 8:56 AM

Play the song Ann Reed wrote for the final TMS show. It said a lot about the coffee not tasting as good....

Posted by Laurie | June 3, 2010 8:57 AM

Dale and RHers - How do you read the comments on Can't find them. Help!

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | June 3, 2010 8:59 AM

Dale - thank you for playing both my requests. You and Mike are the best! It feels like you're pulling out all the stops -- playing all the best, everyone's favorites and I'm enjoying it to the fullest ... while I can.

Sherrilee - thanks for offering your house for an RH gathering/picnic in honor of Dale. Let's do it!

Aaron - I'd like to sharpen my pitchfork, but doing time in jail is just unthinkable. We should all sharpen our pens, pencils, paper, email, typewriters, Twitter, Facebook, etc., and express our polite outrage at this action by MPR.

I plan to write my best secretarial letter -- on paper mind you -- and mail it the old fashioned way to land on Dear Valerie's desk.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | June 3, 2010 9:02 AM

The only consolation I've had since that patronizing letter we all got (I know, Dale, you are too kind to want us to see things that way, but I'm feeling betrayed by MPR) is seeing the wonderful comments by like-minded people who are feeling your leaving as a major loss in their lives.

Can you play "They Can't Take That Away from Me"--the first song I thought of when I read the letter?

Thanks, and I look forward to your blog.

Sad in Northfield,


Posted by Jan | June 3, 2010 9:07 AM

Joanne... send it to Bill Kling. I'm sure Valerie was just doing what she was told to do (although I agree with other posters that her email was a little smug).

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 9:08 AM

such eloquence - thanks All for saying what i just cn't seem to express. i have called the "members service" number to complain.
Dale, i just realized that i may never again, in my whole life, hear "Ina Gadda Davida" by the Finnish throat singer. oh man.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 3, 2010 9:09 AM

I don't know what else to say that hasn't been said already...many times. I haven't kept up with the blog for awhile, but turned on the computer as soon as I heard the news this a.m.. I feel that Dale -and we listeners- have once again been shafted by MPR and our family will be carefully considering whether or not to renew membership when the time comes as RH with Dale and Mike- is our primary reason for membership. Heck, we didn't even get the email everyone is talking about and we have been mentioning RH when we've renewed. After listening to TMS and RH since college in the '80's, it's looking like a bad break-up.

Dale, thank you once again for many wonderful memories;
skits, State Fair, about half of our music collection, songs played for anniversaries, exchange students from other countries, birthdays, international songs... Our morning routine will not be the same. Not sure if I will keep the HD radio tuned to RH or now actually see what else is out there on HD radio. Everyone has been forbidden to change channels up to now.
We wish you all the best for you deserve it! We will try to keep up with the new blog. I agree with whoever suggested that you should keep contact info and let us know what's on the horizon for you.
My husband can't get RH at work and is also shocked by the news. He suggested you play Gal Costa's Festa do Interior one last time, but I'm not really feeling like a party right now. Anything else Brasilian you could play?
All the music's been great, so if you can't, don't sweat it.
Best of luck in your new endeavors! Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!
Amy & Alex & Ian & Lexi dog and exchange students over the years

Posted by Amy in St Paul | June 3, 2010 9:12 AM

Teri (and others on the new Trail Baboon),

Check back soon for the comments you've posted to appear - I have the privilege of acting as my dad's technical assistant in this new venture, and I believe he needs to 'approve' the comments you've posted, which currently sit in limbo, with the label of 'pending' in the software that runs the new blog. I'm trying to get a hold of him now to explain how to do this :)

Posted by Gus Connelly | June 3, 2010 9:12 AM

Okay, I'm ready for my requests...

Two Little Feet by Greg Brown
What Was That by John Gorka
Bright Smile by Josh Ritter in memory of Bob Feldman

Posted by Sarah Lightner | June 3, 2010 9:18 AM

This is a long overdue thankyou note.

When the Morning Program left the air I was really saddened. It was, still is, my favorite radio progam of all time. Then for Christmas this year Cindy gave me an HD radio for the car. I procrastinated and didn't get it installed until early this spring and then found out what a wonderful service Radio Heartland is. It is now 80% of my radio listening, much of that in the morning drive time listening to Dale's program. Meanwhile we have remained constant MPR supporters. I wish I had mentioned earlier how much Radio Heartland and Dale's work have meant to me.

Dale, thankyou for all you've done over your decades with MPR. Your programming, connections with local, national, and international musicians, and your playlists that have spanned many decades and much variety of music have refreshed me personally and musically. I will miss your voice. I will miss the personal touch that you give Radio Heartland. It is hard to imagine what Radio Heartland will be like without you.

Posted by Tim Davey | June 3, 2010 9:18 AM

I will miss you Dale tremendously!

Dale what a great way to go out with an all request show. My request is that you find another way to explore your friendly quirky nature and find as much enjoyment as you have brought us all these many years!


Posted by DanT | June 3, 2010 9:19 AM

I am stunned,...and coming a bit late to this going away party. My family and I have been listening to Dale (& Jim Ed) since almost the beginning. The music mix is always just right -- something that really can't be duplicated by Jasper (even with Mike's help) -- but the conversation and comments and cleverly written sketches and stories cannot be replaced. Dale, I know you will continue to write and share your wit and wisdom somewhere -- online or off -- but without that component, I, too, may have a hard time continuing to listen to RH all of the time (which I have been doing). The reason I am not always plugged into an i-pod is that I need the human factor as well as the music -- someone to talk to (or with) me. MPR may lose many of us that became sustaining members, because it appears they just don't get's NOT all about the music.

Dale ( & Mike), I ask that you play an "appropriate" show tune -- since your program is about the only radio venue on which I can hear one of those. I'd suggest (for Dale) "Open a New Window" from Mame, or "I'm Still Here" from Follies. You choose -- but please find something that has an upbeat message, so I won't cry on Friday when you sign off.

Thanks for ALL the memories. I look forwad to checking out your new website.

Posted by Mary B-K | June 3, 2010 9:23 AM

The number of reasons for contributing to MPR keeps getting smaller. Thank you, Dale, for being a bright spot in my morning since you joined the Morning Show so many years ago. If you can handle it, I would like to hear Dwelling in Beulah Land sung by Helen Schneyer. Good luck to you, Dale! I hope to hear you on the radio in the future!

Posted by Dave | June 3, 2010 9:24 AM

Hi Dale,

I am grieving all over again. You (and Jim Ed) have been fixtures in our kitchen every morning for years and years. My children have grown up listening to your show(s) and I am so grateful for that.

Thank you for enriching our lives and injecting soul into our days. We love you.

Bill Kling won't be seeing our Leadership Circle membership in 2011.

Posted by Ann | June 3, 2010 9:25 AM

OK... I've finally figured out what I want to hear.

Many many years ago, you got a letter from a group of school kids who had made an Easter Island head out of a big refrigerator box for some kind of science fair. In their honor you played the Easter Island Head song as well as a song about love in a box. It was that day that I truly understood what a remarkable treasure you were.

If you still have the love in a box song, if you could play that w/ the Easter Island head song, it would be perfect!

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 9:29 AM

While an optimistic tune might be best, a favorite dark and sad song comes to mind - "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Warren Zevon from his The Wind release.

Steve in Highland Park

Posted by Steve Chollar | June 3, 2010 9:31 AM

“Lumberjack Song” “Swimming Song” Suddenly everything seems more clear…

Posted by Jaker | June 3, 2010 9:35 AM

Dale I am sad to hear that the show is ending. It was definitely the highlight of my day here in the cube farm. I have enjoyed all the clever witty songs that you seem to tie together for a lineup. This is something that is very difficult to find on the radio these days. I am also disappointed with MPR for this decision with such little notice or warning. I decided to become a sustaining member because of how much Radio Heartland and the Dale Connelly show means to me.

As for a request, I am going for the silly side and would like to hear something by The Bobs, preferably the Easter Island Song if you have not yet played it. Thank you!

Posted by Christina in Sioux Falls | June 3, 2010 9:39 AM

Dale, I am going to miss you! I saw you at the MN State Fair, when you did the show with JE Poole in front of the booth, and Anne Reed made up, and sang the Fair song. I remember when you started on TMS, and Garrison thought you so green behind the ears. I'm going to miss you. Thank you for your wonderful 34 years, and a few days. I'm not counting either.
Rebecca in Mpls. (the other fair city)

Posted by rebecca preston | June 3, 2010 9:40 AM

Ugh, I'm just sick about this. I love the human element on RH. I agree with Steve, Folk Alley will get a lot more of my attention.
I guess the MPR brass are not unlike every other corporate entity, heartless, soulless and bottom line oriented. As for Valerie, she's been waiting for this day for YEARS! I guess she finally got her wish.
Songs I would like to hear:

Every Long Journey - Anne Reed
Goodbye - Steve Earle
Twenty-One - Ben Bedford
Ashokan Farewell

Posted by Lynne Howard | June 3, 2010 9:48 AM

Muito obrigada, Dale and Mike! But I still don't feel like a festa...

Posted by Amy in St Paul | June 3, 2010 9:51 AM

Gus - THANKS for being the technical assistant for the new blog. I was panicking thinking I had done something wrong and might not ever figure out what it was; can't bear the thought of losing that connection!
Glad you are supporting your Dad in his transition, Gus. Would it be corny to mention here that I remember the radio piece your Dad and Jim Ed did in honor of the day you were born? It ended with angels appearing in the sky and bright trumpets singing out your arrival to the entire world. Think he was happy? Yep - a very happy man that day. If your Dad is even half as happy in his new career it will be a great thing.

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | June 3, 2010 9:52 AM

Greetings, all, especially dale and mike, but also barb, cynthia, donna, sherrilee, steve in st paul, jim, mike, and others i've "corresponded" with here so many mornings--

i'm heading back to minnesota next week after my year's sabbatical in utah....and of course, was looking forward to having Dale on my HD radio every morning...damn.

please wait to have gathering until i can be there!!! like, after June 12....i'll drive up from south dakota with donna...

"This is the Beginning, This is not the End" comes to mind, but even more, the quirky songs---the one about the jello cottage cheese surprise; mad dogs and englishmen; and also the unusually beautiful--guinnevere (from CSNY) iin beautiful instrumental piano...

Wish i could hang out in front of mpr tomorrow morning, but i'll be there in spirit and online--mere "thanks" to you, dale, seems far too little to offer for what has meant so much to me for so many years.

will head over to new website later today and check that out...

can't speak about the betrayal--it is too nasty.


Posted by Kay H appalled in Utah | June 3, 2010 9:54 AM

aarrghh.... I have to go to a meeting in 5 minutes and I WANT TO KEEP LISTENING to the show... I love everybody's requests. Do you think my boss will notice if I'm not there???

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 9:55 AM

What a sad turn of events. I've listened to MPR in the mornings for too many years to remember. I thought it would never be the same when Jim Ed retired, but RH has been a joy. I listen at work and would always start my day off by reading TB and listening to Dale. Listening to CD's without the commentary just won't be the same. I will definitely check out your website and hope the TB friends stay connected. Good luck to you and thanks for many years of humor, wit, stories, great music.

Posted by Shirley | June 3, 2010 9:58 AM

I've come to realize the last few years how important the ANNOUNCER is to the music I listen too. Haven't listened to the Classical music station much since Lynne Warfel Holt left...she made it fun.
Same with Dale- He made it fun.

MIKE-- I do wish you the best of luck... can't you get on the air and tell the wrong temperature once in a while? Look out the window and give us a real weather report? Introduce a song now and then?

Thanks for picking up the pieces... and I would guess some extra work... hope you get a raise to go with the extra responsibilities! Hah! Better keep looking over your shoulder too.

Back into the fray...

Posted by Ben | June 3, 2010 9:59 AM

Thanks for Beulahland Dale. In case it wasn't clear, thet GalaXy song is what I meant!

I''ve got my volume turned way up and this delightful music is pouring thoughout my house. Such lovliness on such a sad/mad day! Maybe the neighbors can hear only music and not my sobbing raging anguish!

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | June 3, 2010 10:03 AM

Do you suppose that if we get enough people to gather for a protest near the Fitzgerald they will bring back Dale?

This is a gross decision, MPR.

Posted by Eric | June 3, 2010 10:04 AM

Another request:

I was thinking back to my first exposure to The Morning Show. It was when GK was still the host (with help from a certain Mr. Poole) somtime in the '70s. It was so different than any other radio I'd been exposed to, It sucked me in immediately, and tomorrow it finally spits me out. Several songs from those early days have stayed with me over these many years, and I've been thinking of them all morning. The most appropriate of these, I believe, is Gordon Bok's "Turning Towards the Morning."

Posted by Don in West St. Paul | June 3, 2010 10:10 AM

I echo the sentiments, anger, disbelief and shock stated above. You have been the voice of MPR in our home for so many years, the morning wake-up call, the community news and weatherman, the warm, friendly host who selected such a unique variety of non-traditional music. A selection that depicts and appeals to a particular flavor of Minnesota culture.

When TMS went off the air, we scrambled to find an HD radio and set it up. We couldn't go a week without you and the bright start to our day. Shortly after, I figured out how to listen on my computer and now listen all day long at work first to the broadcast, then the replay, then the assortment through the afternoon. You and RH have been a part of the daily fabric of our lives for 15+ years.

YOU are the heart of RH; YOU have made it the success it is today. YOU have created a community of listeners who are devoted to you as much as to your music selections. Jasper may continue to play the music, but your personality, orchestration and community advocacy will be sorely missed.

MPR is heartless and short-sighted in this decision, both with relation to you and your investment, but also to the dedicated listeners who have supported because of your efforts. Although I listen to PHC and KNOW on the weekends, I, too, may discontinue my support without guilt.

Of course, you will be fine. You are a man of many talents; maybe you can even run for political office! I don't have much time for blogging, but I will check out your site for the community connection. This is the end of an era and a sad finish to a wonderful benefit of living in Minnesota.

Thanks a million. We wish you well! It's been great! Happy Trails to you...

Sadly but affectionately,
Lynda and Bob, the Ramp Guy

Posted by Lynda | June 3, 2010 10:11 AM

We've listened to the Morning Show and RH since Garrison and Tom did the original show. We joined public radio in 1976 through the morning show. How are we to have coffee and read the paper without you, Dale, with us in our livingroom? This loss creates an empty place in our home. It's a shame that the suits don't appreciate the value you bring to Minnesota pubic radio. It is certainly something for us to consider as we review our membership.

Thanks for all the great music and memories.

Posted by Ed | June 3, 2010 10:22 AM

As so many have said, I am shocked and saddened by the news. Dale has clearly had a place in our lives for a long time through The Morning Show and Radio Heartland. Dale, your Grace in the face of adversity is a tribute to your class and character, something we have all become comfortable with over the years. Godspeed to you and the journey you will be on. I look forward to following your blog. You have shaped my musical tastes and have been a companion through the years to so many of us. My sustaining membership has always been a result of my committment to your shows. I guess I always knew our hold on such an eclectic treasure was tenuous in the face of today's world/financial issues/marketing stretgies etc. I have been a happy supporter of MPR but I beleive this is a bad decision. Loyalty is still worth something. Anyway-- thank you, Dale, for all you have given-- it is obvious you have many friends out here in radioland and I am glad to have been one of them. God's peace to you! Nick in Cannon Falls

Posted by Nick Fisher-Broin | June 3, 2010 10:22 AM

Last week you played Wagner as interpreted by Elmer and Bugs Bunny.Could you play Spike Jones doing Pal Yatchee (Pagliacci)? Its so evocative of the cowboy culture where I live.

Posted by Renee | June 3, 2010 10:23 AM

Beulah Land with kazoos and Helen's astringent tones pulled me back from the pool of sadness I felt at the treacherously sudden loss of Dale as the Morning Show host.

Dale is a fine talent, a treasure of Minnesota airwaves. I have seen the model that he developed over the years copied but never as successfully. It is because of his integrity as a writer, commentator and lover of all kinds of music. He is funny!

How many radio show hosts have you heard that are this good?

MPR, please reverse this unwise decision!

Lucy and the crew at Tokheim Stoneware

Posted by Lucy Tokheim | June 3, 2010 10:27 AM

Dale - I am heartbroken beyond words, and have made my opinions known to the powers that be. What more can be said?

Please play the "You Are My Sunshine" that Peter Ostrushko played at the Final Morning Show event. That whole morning remains one of the best live shows I have ever seen.

Also, anything by Tim O'Brien would be great.

You must somehow keep us informed of where you end up. Like I bought 2 HD receivers so I could listen to you on RH, I will do what is necessary to follow you into the future. Would love to hear about some competition to MPR for a morning music show.

Posted by Linda | June 3, 2010 10:30 AM

Thank you a million times over, Dale. You represented all that is good in the world in your own humble way (along with Jim Ed and before him, Garrison)- quality, individuality, compassion, humor, respect, intellgience, wit, being true to oneself, artistic integrity, excellence, curiosity, creativity, honesty, joie de vivre, spirit, and love. Bottom line- You loved what you did for us all these years, we all felt it. That will never change.

Unfortunately, change is inevitable in all other ways.We'll all grieve, mourn, express our anger at those who disrupt our comfort zones, and then we'll move on; our lives having been enriched by your seemingly small, but uniquely great, contribution to life in Minnesota.

My last request is Eva Cassidy's 'Over the Rainbow'. The greatest singer I've ever heard singing the greatest song I've ever heard. A fitting tribute to the greatest radio show ever aired.

Love and best wishes for an even better future,

Posted by Chris | June 3, 2010 10:30 AM

Dale, I am so sorry you are leaving. I listen to many stations on-line but always listen to Radio Heartland in the morning. Hate to break it to MPR - computers are lousey at interviewing musicians. I listened to you personally because of the new local musicians you introduced me to. I wish you well.

Posted by Sue | June 3, 2010 10:32 AM

Good Morning RH,

It's very hard to blog today but I'm loving reading what everyone else has to say. (Hey, that rhymes!)
I went away for a while to search for some perspective which I happened upon in a lovely garden and I didn't even have to go outside. It was just a click away Isn't that ironic??

"Every exit is an entrance somewhere else."

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."

"Retreat, hell! We're just advancing in another direction."

"When those waiters ask me if I want some fresh ground pepper, I ask if they have any aged pepper."
(This one's for you, Clyde. It came from Andy Rooney. I would have cited the people who said the other ones, but I'd never heard of them.)

Posted by Donna | June 3, 2010 10:38 AM

Thanks, Dale, for great mornings, for many years. Gonna go find the tissues now.

Posted by Kathy | June 3, 2010 10:44 AM

Thanks for the Magnificent 7! I first heard it years ago and it fit what was happening in my world just then in odd and good ways. Seems such a quintessential mash-up of all that is/was good about the old morning show and RH.

Posted by Anna | June 3, 2010 10:59 AM

Jim Ed too, tomorrow? Cool!

Posted by Amy in St Paul | June 3, 2010 11:00 AM

I'm glad I hung around until 11 a.m.

Tuven throat singing of Iron Butterfly, Magnificent Seven on Bagpipes.


Barb, thanks for all the goats (to paraphrase Douglas Adams).


Posted by Mike in Albert Lea | June 3, 2010 11:01 AM

Thanks for the opera, Dale.

Posted by Renee | June 3, 2010 11:02 AM

hi there - any way that the hours outside of Dale's usual show (past the usual 9 a.m. - extended with requests like Ina Gadda Davida, that i MISSED!!!!) might be archived just for the next two days??? i'm so bummed.
checked out Trial Baboon - cool. looking forward to seeing you folks there.
and Dale, i don't think there is anyone in the world, outside of you, that would take on the promotion of Goats. You elevated them, wrote about them, proposed films about them, photoshopped them, memorialized them when they died and even made them mascots so that Sherrilee could put them on a pin symbolizing RH. we thank you.
Dodger, Dream, Alba, Majority (T), Niblet, and the past two years of kids: Artful, Tammy Waynette, the Little, Heldig, Desiree, Opus I, Spot, Rosa, Luna, Crema, Mischief, Loki, Dancer.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 3, 2010 11:06 AM

I'm typing through my tears. I've missed TMS and Jim Ed Poole so very much and now they're taking Dale away.... :( This is unimaginable!

Since the end of TMS, the only way I've been able to listen to Dale's wonderful humor has been to listen to RH and the Dale Connelly Show on my computer at work. Now a computer is going to introduce me to new, local artists? A computer can replace the warmth and humor? The creativity? A computer?? Shame on MPR. Shame.

There is no single song or skit that I can think of that will make up for all these years of the best radio creativity ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you, Dale. You're a tremendous talent! You have been a friend for over 30 years. The music you brought has inspired me, soothed me, made me laugh and cry, given me wisdom and helped me grow as a musician. My life has been better because of you and your amazing talent. Good luck to you - I hope the door that opens for you leads you to a wonderful place where the people are as creative as you!

Posted by Krista Wilkowske | June 3, 2010 11:16 AM

oh, and celebrated at their conceptions with Barry White songs! oh man.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 3, 2010 11:16 AM

I live in St. Cloud and listen online. We can't get MPR HD here. I just now heard about Radio Heartland and Dale Going away. I am HEARTSICK. This program saves me from total discouragement about the world situation. I have loved the music and commentary. I am a sustaining member and will be rethinking it. This is a stupid budget cut.
The courting of the young with cool music and loud noise will not be successful. There are plenty more outlets for that.

Posted by Marly Keller | June 3, 2010 11:17 AM

I find the rationale behind this decision unconvincing. While I do not have insight into the finances, audience numbers, business, support, etc. of Radio Heartland, I do have the insight of working for another large, mission-driven nonprofit in downtown Saint Paul. We have a number of programs that are not self-sustaining, but we have deemed them valuable enough to subsidize out of our general operating budget because they further our mission and serve audiences that we might otherwise not reach.

It seems to me that the Dale Connelly Show is a program that absolutely serves the mission of MPR, and reaches audiences that other MPR services might not. I would challenge the “business model” perspective and instead look to MPR’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy statements. Of course there are important and legitimate financial considerations, but I can’t believe that we are talking about a significant portion of MPR’s overall budget. The value of the Dale Connelly Show cannot be measured in cold financial terms, it should be measured by how it furthers the mission of MPR:

Our Mission is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby assisting our audiences to enhance their lives, expand perspectives and strengthen their communities.

We will be the most relevant, innovative and insightful media company in America.

Our strategy
We will create indispensable content that engages with diverse audiences to connect people with each other, their communities, their country and the world.

Dale and Mike have gone above and beyond: my family and I have been enriched, nourished, our perspectives expanded, our life enhanced BEYOND ALL MEASURE.

Thank you Dale and Mike!

Posted by Nils | June 3, 2010 11:34 AM

Dale, I'll miss your take on the music and musicians I've come to love over the years thanks to you and Jim Ed bringing them to our ears.

And now you're playing my request, Safe at Anchor, from Kate Wolf without me even having to tell you to! But then that's been true for every song you've played - it's like a request I didn't know yet.

Farewell, and will drop by your blog soon,

David in New Richmond

Posted by David Wilford | June 3, 2010 11:34 AM

Can I second barb's request to archive the 9-11 playlist for a while as well as the usual show? I too missed an hour there and am bummed.

Posted by Connie in LP | June 3, 2010 11:35 AM

Dear Dale,
We are really sad that you're leaving Radio Heartland. You've been our morning friend for a very, very long time. We always looked forward to hearing family favorites on both the Morning Show and on Radio Heartland. Thanks for so many years of great companionship and terrific music!
If you can, we'd love to hear any of the following songs:
-With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm (Caryl P. Weiss)
-The Fair (Ann Reed)
-A Place in the Choir (Bill Stains)
-The Canoe Song (Peter Mayer)- the live version, from the "Elements" album

We could go on forever, and we wish your show could too.

Amaria and Kelsey
Rochester, MN

Posted by Amaria and Kelsey | June 3, 2010 11:40 AM

How could ANY organization let a talent like Dale Connelly go? The world has gone mad.

Posted by Jane in Stillwater | June 3, 2010 11:46 AM

There are no words.....just a huge sigh about losing something that helps keep for me a balanced and positive perspective. I listen to Radio Heartland specifically the Dale Connelly Show and the re-broadcast, Praire Home Companion and often classical through the night as I work strange and varied hours all over the "clock" and "days of the week".
I went out and purchased both a home and a car "HD gizmo" as you so wonderfully call it. I don't know how the station weighs commitment to the station but this sure was not in my budget planning. I did it because Radio Heartland was sooooooooo worth it to me. I am a minister and work a varied schedule because I deal with errors and joys in real life human experience and circumstances not neatly boxed into computer generated convenience. The real human connection of the shows I am especially drawn to listed above gave me back some of the positive human connection we all so need today. Thank-you Dale. Your wit and voice and programming have been a treasure in my life. My son grew up listening to you and going to the off site events like the Hidden Falls telecast are cherished memories in our family. I am on my way to a hospital call and must go but will be listening tomorrow. If you could fit in as a request the Monty Python "Lighten Up Song" it would be great. It always brings us back to perspective when something happens that is a huge and hard to deal with change in our lives. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HAVE SHARED WITH US TO MAKE OUR LIVES BETTER.
Rev. JoBeth Marshall of St. Paul.

Posted by jJoBeth Marshall | June 3, 2010 11:46 AM

triple request for the 9-11 get archived. Horribly long and frustrating meeting made me miss a chunk of it!

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 11:48 AM

I would like to re-second the request for "Prairie Sun" tomorrow at 7:00am, sharp!

Posted by David Wilford | June 3, 2010 12:00 PM

I can't even think what to say about what has happened to you, Dale. This is SO WRONG!

I'm a 34-year sustaining memeber of MPR, going back to the beginning of many things connected with MPR. I've always been proud of the station, and all the people who have made it what it is. Now MPR will be less than it was yesterday, losing one of the guys that make up my world and someone who has given so much of himself to really connect the music and the people.

There aren't enough words, but "thank you for everything" is all I can give now.

Take care--Kate.

Posted by Kate in St. Paul | June 3, 2010 12:03 PM

It occured to me while talking to a fellow listener that we all should start a movement to get Dale hired as the replacement for Garrison when he retires from PHC. Who better?

Posted by Lynne | June 3, 2010 12:10 PM

What a great idea!

Posted by Renee | June 3, 2010 12:15 PM

I agree! I wonder if GK reads the blog?

Posted by Connie in LP | June 3, 2010 12:25 PM

Some of you may remember "Larry" as someone who has in the past railed against at a lot of what's happened at MPR and how "RadioHeartland" was being treated by "managment." I am not at all surprised at this terrible news. Dale and Radio Heartland deserved the SAME treatment as "The Current" with all of it's bells, whistles and of course it's NON HD signal. Dale and Radio Heartland didn't get any respect in the words of Rodney Dangerfield. First the HD move. Then the automation instead of a full roster of live announcers. Then the preprograming of the music by "Jasper" for Dale's show instead of live DJ work. And of course the constent browbeating by Dale on his show to please, please write on the blog. I know that's all he had to PROVE to managment that RadioHeartland had a healthy listenership but really. The show became all about the blog and there was, in the end, little "Radio Show." Dale is such a talented guy and he will move on to a place where his talents are appreaciated and will be well used. KBBM anyone? As for MPR? Promised broken and programing in the ash can. You want GOOD public radio? Go on line and listen to KUNC out of Boulder. THAT'S how it's done...
Goodbye Dale. I'll miss you but at least the torture is now over.

Posted by Larry | June 3, 2010 12:27 PM

Let's let Dale decide what his next job is before we pinhole him into PHC!

Posted by Amy in St Paul | June 3, 2010 12:45 PM

Never thought I'd be a dittohead but there is much to ditto here including, for me at least, canceling my small but sustaining, membership. Minnesota Public Radio, with the loss of Dale, just got less Minnesotan, including the way that it did it and I'm talking about more than MN Nice. "Jim Ed's" departure also reduced the station's MN quotient, and we've been reminded that Garrison is mumbling about retiring too.
All the best, Dale

Posted by jimck | June 3, 2010 12:48 PM

I've gotten almost nothing done at work this morning other than to read the blog and to listen to each precious song note by note. You've all said what's in my heart. 34 years, raised my kids to Dale & Jim Ed, cried at the Fitz show, so relieved to continue with RH (without Dale, its heart, it's become Radio Heartless) and now this shock. Two days notice? Dale, you're a champ to take it so well. Here's a toast to you - may the path ahead take you wondrous places and may your next 'gig' bring you back happier and quirkier than ever. Please play Pat Donahue's "This is Not the End.." and just for the heck of it, Naked & Nude (this got me kicked out of a carpool long ago!) Much love and happy trails to all - so glad this community will continue at Now to figure out an audio portion for your'll have to put Gus to work on that.

Posted by Cathy | June 3, 2010 12:51 PM


I think you should become a regular on A Prairie Home Companion.

Warmly, Pat Wimmer

Posted by Pat Wimmer | June 3, 2010 12:57 PM

First the Morning Show and now THIS. I wonder - What they are thinking (or not). I have enjoyed your show and the MS for a long time. You are one of the most creative people on radio. Best of luck and thanks for all you created and did. The morning will be less interesting - again.

Posted by Gary | June 3, 2010 1:06 PM

i have purchased (on pledge drives) several "Keeper" albums but have always given them to friends. now i find myself without a Keeper and i can't figure out how to get some albums without contributing to MPR (i just cancelled my membership! i'm not going to give them money to get the music that MPR took away from us!) anyone know of a source for Keepers?

and man, Mike, are you in a difficult position. i'm sorry we are so focused on Dale today (for lots of reasons) but i know we all thank you for your part in RH.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 3, 2010 1:09 PM

Barb -- I have most of the Keepers and I have a disk to disk burner. If they're not protected, maybe I can copy some of them for you.....

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 1:22 PM

I am saddened to hear of Dale leaving. I became a member of MPR when The Morning Show was moved to The Current to show my support, as I live in New Jersey, and my listening could only be done by computer. I listen to Dale in the morning while getting my son ready for school, and I listen in peace after I drop him off. I haven't been a "blogger," and if that meant that the "powers that be" didn't think there was large support for this show, then I am sorry. Best of luck to you, Dale, and I will be following "Trail Baboon" to see where things take you!

Posted by Amanda | June 3, 2010 1:56 PM

I am so grateful for all who have written and helped put my thoughts into words. It's good to know there are so many thoughtful people with taste to share this loss.
What will happen after AmericanRoutes? I always like Dale's interviews and insights.
I have been listening since the Garrison morning show. And then we could hear Studs Terkel after the morning show.
Each ending was an adjustment.This seems to show that the MPR powers don't appreciate what this kind of quality means to listeners.

Posted by Marly | June 3, 2010 2:31 PM

You folks are truly amazing! Thank you for all the support you're showing Dale and Radio Heartland. We're here becuse of you.

Barb: American Routes, A Thistle and Shamrock, Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion will remain where they are.
(and thanks for the shout out)

Posted by Mike Pengra | June 3, 2010 2:41 PM

So the last pledge drive was "successful" and MPR got it's money. Then the firings start. What's wrong with this picture? Either the pledge drive was successful and everything can move on and grow from there OR MPR had Dale's pink slip waiting in the wings no matter HOW much money we give to MPR or how much we love the music of Radio Heartland. I guess MPR is more about Rap and "Current" music than it is about music from our "heartland." No thanks...

Posted by Larry | June 3, 2010 2:44 PM

Dale, What wonderful comments from your loyal fan base. I keep hearing Christine Lavin's lyrics ringing in my ears, "What was I thinking?" What were THEY (MPR) thinking???? They canceled The Morning Show and heard from many listeners how wrong that decision was. I'm sure they noticed the long, long line of people waiting to watch the last show. Didn't any of these things give them a clue? Then you started Heartland Radio and we were able to have your talented presence echoing through our household again.
As of tomorrow that's gone. Even after reading what you said about supporting MPR, I have to vote with my money because nothing else seems to get their attention. You were loyal, I was loyal, they weren't loyal....I cancelled my membership this morning. We will follow you wherever you go on the next part of your journey and support that. To MPR, I say wake up and read the blog comments. Makes me realize they just don't get it. To Dale, thank you for all the bright sun shiny mornings, even on the cloudy days. May you move forth and prosper. Never forget the long conga line of followers right behind you. Until we meet again, Lyn, Nevis.

Posted by Lyn | June 3, 2010 2:48 PM

OK... had this thought a minute ago when barb in b mentioned clyde on the new TB.

Will Trial Balloon stay up for a bit so that Clyde (& anyone else who isn't around today and tomorrow) knows where to find us?

Posted by sherrilee | June 3, 2010 3:00 PM

I only recently moved past the anger stage of grief and into acceptance from MPRs dropping the Morning Show off of FM and making me purchase an HD radio for my car. After all, now the show was longer and I got the wonderful, eclectic music 24 hours a day! Now I am back to anger at the sudden notice that Dale is getting sacked and Jasper – one of MPR’s 10,000 robots- is taking over.
I put off renewing my last pledge because there just didn’t seem to be any way to be assured that the powers that be would see that I am a member because of Dale, the morning show and Radio Heartland. I complained that the online pages and the mailed letterhead all neglect to even mention Radio Heartland. I finally phoned in my pledge and made the volunteer swear that my pledge would include mention that I was a Radio Heartland listener. How many people went through this much trouble to make sure their vote got counted?
Dale, with your talent I know you will land on your feet and look forward to following you wherever that is, and as a MPR member I wish to extend my sincere apology for the shabby way they have treated you over the years.
I think you should sign off with “Happy Trails to You” by Roy Rodgers or “We’ll meet again” by the Grateful Dead or Johnny Cash.
OMG! On what other radio station could I request songs by those three artists and know that any of them would fit their format???

Posted by Barry | June 3, 2010 3:03 PM

Barry - I know that I was also concerned that my sustaining membership was credited to Radio Heartland and right after they took TMS off the air I sent an email saying where I wanted my dollars to go. It must have worked because I was one of the ones who got the infamous email yesterday. And judging by the number of others who got that email that the powers that be just weren't paying attention to us

Posted by Laurie | June 3, 2010 3:22 PM

Just now got around to reading the press release (had I known how brief it was, I could have gotten to it earlier), and my thought was-seriously, that is all they have to say?

Thanks for Slow Down Krishna-we had never heard it before, but it has become an instant new favorite.

Even on the penultimate day, still enriching our lives-

Don't know who you had to be to get "the email", I certainly did not rate, even though I wrote that RH was a condition of my membership/

Nice to know that in MPR's mind, I am just too old, too weird and don't have enough money to matter.

Good luck, Mike! I'll try to tune in for Thistle and Shamrock, since this is the only place in MN it can be found (since MPR also killed the station that used to carry it).

Mike, can you sometimes post on the new blog, so we know how you're doing?

Posted by catherine | June 3, 2010 3:29 PM

Just saw the news as I was signing on to listen this afternoon. Left for work at 5:30 this morning, so didn't hear the show. Ever heard the phrase," I'm shocked, but not surprised"? That's how I feel today. I'm beyond trying to figure out how MPR can be so backward thinking. They showed that clearly when the Morning Show "ended" and Jim Ed "retired". We all know that some people can't see a good thing when it's perched on thier noses. Sad. We may be a smaller listening demographic, but we are VERY LOYAL. I eagerly look forward to Dale's new program (I hope, I hope, I hope!) wherever it ends up on the dial. I'll be listening, Dale.

I totally agree with Nils, that you supremely answer the call of the mission statement at MPR, and the "powers that be" are being terribly shortsighted in this move. Most of all, THANK YOU for the years of creative programming you've provided to Minnesotans (and more!). I was one of the throng at the final Morning Show at the Fitz, I've been listening to you since 1991 when our family moved to MN, and feel after thousands of mornings of having breakfast with you, that you are a friend, like it or not. And so, to my friend, Dale, many, many good wishes for your continued success in whatever new adventure you decide to pursue. Happy trails!
Poor form, MPR.

Posted by audrey in mpls. | June 3, 2010 3:31 PM

I join the chorus of stunned and saddened listeners today. We were just about to get an HD radio--sick of the slower than high speed service through our laptop. And then perhaps we would have re-upped our MPR membership--not renewed after the Morning Show ended. But now we won't. We'll happily support you wherever you end up, Dale--even if we have to get a new HD radio just to enjoy it. I guess there's always "You Can't Always Get What You Want" but I was always one who wanted to hope and believe that you could...Thanks for the memories, Dale, and all the best to you. You have enriched my life these last years, and that's a precious gift.

Posted by Patty | June 3, 2010 3:55 PM

My daughter was perhaps 7 years old, standing by the front door, bundled up in her winter gear, waiting for the school bus to pick her up. The Morning Show was playing in the background of our morning routine. Bobby McFerrin was making his way through The Wizard of Oz plotline. “Mom, what IS this radio station?” she demanded. “I want to write it on my hand so I can tell my friends!” Fast forward about 8 years. Daughter’s older brother attends a Bobby McFerrin concert in Cedar Falls, Iowa, because of this long-ago Morning Show influence. And that doesn’t even touch on the Little Potato stories!

Posted by Kay | June 3, 2010 4:41 PM

Dale, Dear Dale!

When I heard the news I gave a wail--
Your music sparkled, struck deep chords,
couched in your winsome, warmsome words--
You made such terrific choices
great musicians, yummy voices.
You were kind to me when once I blogged
because my writing flow was clogged.
We're so grateful you exist--
Know that you'll be sorely,ouchly, wish-it-weren't-happeningly missed!

Your Friend and Listener in New York

Irene O'Garden

Posted by Irene O'Garden | June 3, 2010 4:48 PM

Wow, Irene, nice poem.

Maybe tomorrow we could have more stories like Kay's, of ways the show had touched us.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 3, 2010 5:29 PM

Ouch! The Morning Show and Radio Heartland are the only reason that this Chicago resident
has been a paid up member of MPR since I discovered how to listen online.
Hard to believe that Dale's salary could be that
much of a strain on finances. I assume that he's
not making Brett Favre money, after all...
Guess I'll still listen...where else can I hear the
stuff in the RH library? Not anywhere in Chicago.
But Dale's live hours will be sorely missed.
At least we get to say goodbye...If this were commercial radio, Dale would have been pulled from the air after Wednesday's show, no explanation would have been given for his absence on Thursday, and he'd be treated as if
he never existed from that point on...
Last song rerquests? One can never get
enough of Jimmy Durante, or Pop Wagner's
Impressionist Two-Step.

Posted by don b. | June 3, 2010 5:35 PM

I've been a listener and supporter of TMS for 30 years. My mornings will never be the same. Wishing you the best of everything, Dale.

Posted by Rynda Carlis | June 3, 2010 5:38 PM

I actually started to cry when you said you would no longer be on the show this morning. My kids and I as well as my husband have been listening to your show since we moved to MN in 1993. We start our day with you (and previously Jim Ed Poole) and then I listen again when I get to work as I tend to miss much of the show with the hub-bub of the morning routine. It was bad enough when they ousted the show off the current but we invested in the digital radio in order to keep listening at home. Our family will miss the personal touch you add to the show. The commentary the dedications (which you've done many for us—what a thrill for our kids!) and the whim to change your mind or heaven forbid actually play the wrong song. You make us smile and we enjoyed knowing that we had a human connection behind the music. After all, you felt like a neighbor, a friend after so many years of listening to you and seeing you at the State Fair and occasionally at the Fitz. Sigh....I don't want to just listen to "streamed" music. Good luck with your future endeavors and keep your loyal listeners appraised as to where you land. Sincerely, the Giacomini/Stempkovski family

Posted by Anna | June 3, 2010 5:44 PM

Dale, I guess it's about time I stop referring to you as "the new guy" for taking over from Garrison. Seems like just a few years ago. What's going to happen to Bubby Hamden and Amazing Betty? I think we need a PARTY! A party for you, Jim Ed (Tim), and Garrison for you all bringing us such warm, friendly, and intelligent morning chatter. Let's work on it gang!

As a side note, when The Morning Show went off the air, my wife and I (lacking a HD radio) moved over to KFAI (950FM) where we found some very interesting morning radio with enough quirkiness to cause us to perodically lie in bed for far too long.

Best of luck to you; we've been missing you for some time now. See you at the party!

Michael Kehoe

Posted by Michael from S. Mpls | June 3, 2010 5:46 PM

I will miss you, you have been keeping me connect to home throughout a very difficult year.
Best to you always!

Posted by Elizabeth Hynes | June 4, 2010 8:13 AM

JIM ED! Woohoo!

Posted by MN-TX | June 4, 2010 8:15 AM

The Bill KLING-ON Empire strikes again!

My membership is history!

Thanks again Dale!

Anything by Eliza Gilkyson would do nicely!

Posted by Jon in Walker | June 4, 2010 8:28 AM

I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for your shows and your presence over these many years. You've helped me raise my musician son and gotten me through the considerable challenges of life. I am so sorry for this challenge in your life. Just know you are a truly special presence among us and I/we will miss you dearly. Your talents are unique and awesome and full of heart. I want to know who will be blessed by your next chapter.

In the meantime we grieve our loss of a friend, and a special time....

Thank you, Dale (and Jim Ed) and wishes for only the best for you.

Posted by Nancy Anderson | June 4, 2010 8:41 AM

Oh Dale,
I wondered why I was hearing all my favorites yeasterday and then I heard the news. My husband and I have been loyal listeners sine back in the day when our friend Paul G. was the news director.
We got over Garrison leaving, Jim Ed leaving and now you.
This is coporate malfeasance!!!
All the best to you, we will miss your voice more than you know!
Mary and David Tramel

Posted by Mary Tramel | June 4, 2010 8:45 AM

I've never understood why some people prefer those i-pods and the like! I want a CONNECTION to humanity, and Dale is that connection.
How I shall miss his voice and smile.

Posted by Chris | June 4, 2010 8:45 AM

Dear Dale,
My heartfelt "thanks" for the gift you have given us all these years. I remember seeing you and Jim Ed at a table in front of the Horticulture building doing your first state fair show - how the program grew! I remember sharing the stories of when your son was born and the time you were able to spend on paternity leave. My daughter is just a little older, so we've shared a lot of the same stories! My girls grew up with "Lovely Agnes" and "Little Potato". Thank you for your voice of comfort during the 9/11 tragedy. Thank you for your commitment to always take "the higher ground" on whatever topic reached the airwaves. Thank you for all of the Keepers CDs we now cherish. You have been and will remain one of the shining stars of Minnesota. We are grateful for all that you are.

Posted by Joan Kappes | June 4, 2010 8:48 AM

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