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Friday, January 19, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Forty years of MPR
    Forty years ago, a brand new radio station took to the airwaves in Collegeville, Minn. It would go on to create a new kind of radio and produce programming heard all over the world.11:06 a.m.
    Bill Kling: President of Minnesota Public Radio. Kling founded the radio station that would become MPR at St. John's University in 1967.
    Tom Keith: Co-host of "The Morning Show" and sound effects man for "A Prairie Home Companion." Keith started out at MPR as a board operator.
    Michael Barone: Host of "Pipedreams," which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
    Tom Kigin: Executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Minnesota Public Radio. Kigin started at KSJR when he was a freshman in college. He left for a while and went to law school, but returned in 1977 and has been here ever since.
    Bob Potter: Former host of Midday, Morning Edition and Sound Money.
    Lois Hanson: Started volunteering at MPR in the early '70s. She was eventually hired on and became station manager in 1983.
    Marilyn Heltzer: Started as a volunteer in 1974, and became the station's first membership director. She held a number of different positions over the years, including vice president for programming.
    Nicky Carpenter: Served as president of Minnesota Public Radio's Board of Trustees from 1978-1979.
    Garrison Keillor: Host of "A Prairie Home Companion." Keillor started at Minnesota Public Radio in 1969 as a classical music announcer.
    Dick Daly: Joined MPR in the early '70s as news director and went on to found and run the Duluth station. Daly is now a senior vice president at the public radio and television station in Buffalo, N.Y.
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