Gary Eichten retires

Longtime MPR News host Gary Eichten retires from the airwaves as of Jan. 20, 2012. Here are some reflections on his distinguished career.

  • Photos: Gary Eichten retires
    Gary Eichten is wrapping up more than four decades behind the microphone with Minnesota Public Radio. Here are some of the moments from his last week at work.January 20, 2012
  • 5 things you don't know about Gary Eichten
    Today is Gary Eichten's last day at Minnesota Public Radio. After 45 years in the newsroom, Gary is retiring.January 20, 2012
  • Gary Eichten's last broadcast
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer and MPR listeners turn the tables and ask questions of legendary MPR host Gary Eichten.Midday, January 20, 2012
  • Walter Mondale headlines Eichten farewell at the Fitz
    Hear the "Heckuva Farewell" for Gary Eichten, held at the Fitzgerald Theater on January 19, 2012. For his last Midday show, Gary interviews Vice President Mondale, Minnesota's senior statesman.Midday, January 20, 2012
  • Gary Eichten swaps stories with Walter Mondale for final Midday interview
    Gary Eichten recorded his final interview as MPR's Midday host before a packed crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Thursday night, swapping stories and jokes with former Vice President Walter Mondale.January 20, 2012
  • Video: Walter Mondale salutes Gary Eichten
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale saluted MPR News host Gary Eichten at a special "Midday at Night" program at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 19, 2012, which was held to commemorate Eichten's retirement on Jan. 20.January 20, 2012
  • Video: Eichten reflects on his career
    Longtime Minnesota Public Radio Midday host Gary Eichten talks with MPR president Jon McTaggart and offers advice for young journalists as he reflects on his career in radio.January 20, 2012
  • Gov. declares 'Gary Eichten Day' in Minn.
    Gov. Mark Dayton has declared tomorrow "Gary Eichten Day" in Minnesota, to honor Eichten as he retires from Minnesota Public Radio after a 45-year career. Dayton presented Eichten with the proclamation during an appearance on the Midday program today.January 19, 2012
  • Fanfare for the regular guy
    What Gary Eichten brought to MPR was a critical ability to connect with its audience.January 19, 2012

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