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No radio show for Governor Dayton, at least for now

There’ll be radio silence from the governor’s office in St.

There’ll be radio silence from the governor’s office in St. Paul — at least for now.

Today Mark Dayton’s office told those who’d submitted proposals to host a weekly show with the governor that there won’t be a show at this time, because none of the proposals fit the bill.

“The Governor’s Office has determined not to proceed with a contract at this time. Accordingly … the Governor’s Office is rejecting all proposals received in response to the [request for proposals],” said a letter (PDF) sent to the bidders from Bob Hume, senior communications advisor for the governor.

Hume said later: “We were looking for a proposal that enabled the people of Minnesota to have an open dialogue with their Governor in every corner of the state — none of the proposals provided us with that opportunity.”

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WCCO’s bid, for example, offered the governor time on Saturday morning at 7 a.m., with a few minutes Friday morning on the Dave Lee show — which is quite a comedown from what the Good Neighbor offered former Govs. Ventura and Pawlenty, says David Brauer.

The four bidders for the proposed show — all responded to a 16-page proposal request:

  • website, which provides content to stations including Cities 97.
  • JR Broadcasting, which owns 950-AM, with the Minnesota News Network syndicating statewide
  • WCCO Radio.

After getting the letter, Janet Robert, president of 950-AM, said she believes the governor must have another plan, because using radio to get the message out is an important tool for the governor. Previous Govs. Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty each had weekly radio shows on WCCO-AM.

Roberts said she’ll suggest to the governor’s staff that they produce their own high-quality radio show on the Internet and then allow radio stations around the state to air it, free of charge, whenever it works best for them.

“He’s the people’s governor — why not give every radio show a chance to carry it?” she said.