A few days ago, the Star Tribune’s Rachel Stassen-Berger asked just-vanquished 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer what he’d do next. “I’d like to take the litigation background, I’d like to take the policy experience, the experience of the grassroots statewide stuff that I’ve done .. (and) help businesses grow jobs,” the 2010 Republican nominee replied.
But Emmer — who, as a legislator, was known for bringing the red meat in floor speeches — may have already found a part-time gig that suits his skill set: radio talker. According to Clear Channel Minneapolis operations director Gregg Swedberg, Emmer will appear on conservative KTLK-FM host Chris Baker’s show every Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Emmer will also fill in for the incendiary Baker, and other KTLK hosts such as Ron Rosenbaum.
Swedberg’s assessment of Emmer’s on-air talents? “He’s pretty good.”
Just for kicks, I asked Swedberg if KTLK, or any of the others in the Clear Channel family (including KFAN, K102, KDWB) would have any interest in picking up a possible Gov. Mark Dayton radio show. (Ex-guvs Tim Palwenty and Jesse Ventura did their spin-and-sycophancy shows on WCCO, but the state put the programs out for bid.)
“As in, we’d have to pay for it?” Swedberg replied. “I hadn’t really thought about it. Not sure how we’d use it.”
Over at the Hubbard empire, vice-president Dan Seeman says that with KSTP-AM now all-sports, he’d “doubt” he’d bid.
I’ll be checking with WCCO and another logical bidder, the Minnesota News Network. For now, while Dayton has the power, Emmer has the wattage.