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MINNEAPOLIS - Cory Hepola, a Concordia College graduate from Perham, has been named the the new morning show host for WCCO Radio. Hepola, a KARE-11 weekend anchor, will leave the TV station next month. Hepola’s last day at KARE will be Jan. 6, and he’ll start at WCCO the next morning for the 9 a.m.-to-noon daily slot.
ST. PAUL — Three more longtime employees of "A Prairie Home Companion" have been fired from the radio variety show's successor, "Live from Here," as the staff prepares to enter its third season. Musical director Richard Dworsky, voice actor Tim Russell and sound effects master Fred Newman — who claim more than six decades of experience on the show between them — won't be around when "Live from Here" returns on Oct. 6.
ST. PAUL—American Public Media has terminated three longtime employees of "A Prairie Home Companion" and its successor "Live from Here," including Jason Keillor, the son of former "PHC" host Garrison Keillor. APM is not renewing the contract of the show's managing director, Kate Gustafson Sanderson, and is eliminating the positions of marketing director (David O'Neill) and technical director (Jason Keillor). A fourth, unnamed staffer has been offered a new assignment, said APM/Minnesota Public Radio spokesperson Angie Andresen in an email.
ST. PAUL—A heated Twitter war between two local musicians about race and cultural appropriation has turned into a fundraising campaign that's expected to raise thousands of dollars for four Twin Cities nonprofits, including St. Paul's Walker West Music Academy and High School for Recording Arts. "If every internet beef could end like this, it'd be incredible," said Sean Tillmann, who records under the stage name Har Mar Superstar.
ST. PAUL—Nine previously unreleased tracks recorded by Prince in 1983 will be released as "Piano and a Microphone 1983" on Sept. 21. Warner Bros. Records, which had said a new Prince album was on the way, announced the details Thursday, June 7, the day that Prince would have turned 60.
ST. PAUL—Two very different Minnesota bands — Trampled by Turtles and Hairball — join country group Old Dominion as the final three acts to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Tickets go on sale Friday and are available online through Etix and by phone at 800-514-3849: Old Dominion (Aug. 29; $48-$25; on sale at 10 a.m.), Hairball (Sept. 1; $15; on sale at 11 a.m.) and Trampled by Turtles (Aug. 25; $35; on sale at noon). The State Fair's ticket office will also open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for in-person purchases.
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — Nomadic Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, Jan. 23, alleging that Mystic Lake Casino canceled a planned temporary concert venue for the Super Bowl without notice after the company spent $2.4 million building the structure.
MINNEAPOLIS—A series of Prince associates—including the Revolution, New Power Generation and Morris Day and the Time-- will join a host of mostly Minnesotan musicians to perform free outdoor concerts from Jan. 26 through the day of the Super Bowl, Feb. 4, on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The Super Bowl Host Committee hired producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to oversee the series and the pair announced the artists, but not all the specific dates they will be playing, on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS — The first five concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium have earned decidedly mixed reviews in terms of the venue's sound, specifically issues with the inevitable echo in a room filled with hard surfaces. Kenny Chesney plans to fix those problems.
MINNEAPOLIS — After 19 years in the business, Minneapolis concert venue the Triple Rock Social Club will close after Nov. 22. The club announced the news on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, but did not mention a reason. "We want to thank all the customers, bands, and artists who have been a part of this place over the years," read the post. "We still have a lot of great events coming up, so come on down and celebrate The Triple Rock!"