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My radio dial rarely ever stops at 8-3-0 anymore. The music mostly stopped for me when Canon left, but I still found reason to stop in every now and then. This is not your father's WCCO anymore, however, and it is quickly fading into radio obscurity. Even if they could replace those great talents of the past, it is unlikely that people today would stop to listen. We're too busy texting, talking on cel phones, or shouting at each other.
I can remember when I first moved out here I discovered that we could get CCO here at night "on the skip". It was nice to get a bit of home when I was missing Minnesota.
Nice profile. For anyone interested in Minnesota politics Erik was/is second to none. 'CCO long ago lost it. What is left of the Good Neighbor?
A democracy functions best with a well informed electorate. That is what Erik did.
Until I saw him waiting in line to buy Neil Young tickets. Had always pictured him as more of just a theatre goer. Anyone who is a fan of Neil is cool by me. I'm also impressed that he got Kathy Wurzer to marry him. Most people don't know who current 2 term governor of MN is so unfortunately most people won't miss Eric's great reporting either. Hopefully he lands well and leaves CCO scratching thier heads on why they let him go. Another dumb ivory tower decision.
'CCO has changed so much in the past few years...and not for the good. First they lose the Twins broadcasts. I can barely tune in the station the Twins are on now. Then they let Al Malmberg go. I can remember waking in the middle of the night...and losing sleep because of Al. Now Erik Eskola. A sad state for 'CCO. Like Trikeracer said...it's not your fathers WCCO any more.
The Strib will hire him as op/ed page editor.
Yes, he is a talented fellow with a pleasant and easy to listen to voice. The values of tolerance, moderation, and empathy he brought will be missed even more because they are so glaringly absent from many of those who remain.
*However*, one should never forget that this person and this person only is the only reporter or political writer that Minnesota Republicans publicly praised and promoted as "the person they would most like to be interviewed by." This endorsement forever clouded the perception that Eric would ask tough questions and raise tough issues on both sides of the political world.
Eric is an outstanding journalist and a first-rate character. I hope he'll find another radio home...Almanac doesn't provide enough space for him to explain everything that's happening (or not happening) in politics.
I am amazed how many people over the last several months have lamented changes made at radio in this town, then end comment by saying they never listen anymore, or haven't for years. Perhaps the insiders at the stations know that, and are trying to make changes? Let's allow these people to run their own business. I like Erik, have for years, but apparently the numbers are not there. He'll be fine.
Treehandhldr - I agree with your point about letting the people who own the business run the business. My objection to the WCCO changes though is because all of the things that local MN'ers liked about it have gone away and it's turning into a carbon copy of other CBS affiliates. They are probably basing the decisions on demographics and the payroll of their existing staff and they probably ought to take a look at exactly what they are trying to be. WCCO is essentially the only all news channel in town now that KSTP went to an all sports format so they probably assume that any actual news radio type person will have to listen to them, allowing them to increase share and advertising dollars. However, I think they are wrong because we listen to WCCO because it is familiar and reminds us of what we love about living here. If that sense is no longer there I believe most people will begin finding their news fix in other places and WCCO will in fact lose listeners.
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