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Ex-KFAN poohbah Anselmo takes over at WCCO

I get tired of writing this, but Brian Lambert was right.

KFAN really wasn’t Anselmo’s top accomplishment at the local Clear Channel radio empire — K102 was the cash cow — but I figured my audience would be more into that connection. (Anselmo was my über-boss when I was a KFAN host in the mid-’90s, but I’m not sure he could pick me out of a lineup.)

What does it mean? I barely listen to commercial radio. Again, read Lambert.

Anyway, the memo:

To: All Employees/CBS Radio Minneapolis
Date: November 11, 2008

Today, I am extremely happy to announce that CBS Radio has hired Mick Anselmo as SVP Market Manager in Minneapolis. Mick will begin on December 1st.

When it comes to Minneapolis radio leadership there is no name bigger than Mick Anselmo.

Over 23 years, culminating in his role as President & Market Manager for Clear Channel Radio Minneapolis, Mick has a proven history of leadership, transforming radio stations into winners and generating terrific ratings and revenue performance along the way. Mick has successfully dealt with acquisitions and mergers, having managed stations for AM/FM, Chancellor, Shamrock and Malrite … all in Minneapolis, North Dakota and South Dakota. Mick’s reputation for developing talent, managing brands, improving performance and operational excellence makes him the perfect choice to lead our cluster at this time.

For the past year Mick has been COO of Advantage Rent-A-Car, based in Minneapolis (a CBS Radio client), a company with 1,100 employees in 48 markets. While Advantage has enjoyed explosive growth, Mick’s passion for radio brings him to CBS.

Dan and I are extremely excited to be able to add a Minneapolis icon to our growing roster of senior management. I am thrilled to have Mick join our team in this important leadership role and I am also pleased that Mary Niemeyer has agreed to take on the role of VP Director of Sales and GSM of WCCO. Mary’s tireless work ethic and loyalty to our cluster and Company is unquestioned.

I believe the team of Mick and Mary could be the finest combination we’ve ever had in this market.

Please join me in congratulating Mick and Mary on their new positions.

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