Wednesday, October 15, 2008

more sad news

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St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Public Radio's long-running Morning Show is coming to an end.

The program has been hosted by Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole on MPR's classical music service for 25 years. It is currently heard on the Current in the Twin Cities.

The decision to wrap up the show comes as a result of co-host Jim Ed Poole's desire to retire at the end of the year.

Jim Ed Poole was the name Garrison Keillor used to refer to his board operator Tom Keith when Keillor did the morning program in the early days of MPR.

Keith kept the name when he and Dale Connelly took over the show.

Connelly and Poole told listeners the news this morning.

Connelly will develop new programming for Minnesota Public Radio, and Tom Keith, Poole's creator, will continue his work as an actor and sound effects artist on American Public Media's Prairie Home Companion show.

The Morning Show will be replaced by classical music on MPR's classical music service. On the Current, the station's music programming will expand to fill the morning hours.

The final morning show will be broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater on December 11.

Click on Jim and Dale to go to the full story on MPR.

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