Why Governor Pawlenty is signing off the air before his term is up

One and done. Pawlenty calls it quits after a 3rd place Iowa finish.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has done a weekly radio show on WCCO-AM for nearly eight years. The only time “Good Morning, Minnesota” was discontinued was when he was running for re-election. FCC regulations effectively prevent someone from using free radio air time when they are running for an office such as Governor or President.

So it was a bit surprising that the Governor announced he was no longer going to do the radio show as of November 12th, a good six weeks before his term ends.

The UpTake asked Governor Pawlenty why he was pulling the plug on the show early. Pawlenty’s response: he wants the post-election focus to be on the Governor-elect.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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