End Of “Quick On The UpTake”

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Mike McIntee
Mike McIntee

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my last “Quick On The UpTake” show on AM950. Throughout the program’s 19-month run, our smart and savvy audience has been an integral part of the show, providing me instant feedback, information and corrections through our live blog.

If you were a guest, I just had to hold the reins and let you all do the talking. If you were a behind-the-scenes volunteer, you made it possible for me to focus on keeping things on the rails. If you were one of the many people who filled in for me, you helped me keep my sanity. Thank you so much for your help and support.

Nancy Nelson will take over the 5-6pm time slot starting Wednesday. She’s a great progressive voice. Her late husband, Bill Carlson, was one of my mentors at WCCO-TV during college when I was just starting my adventure in broadcasting. I think she’s going to do a great job.

So why am I ending the show? Time. I just don’t have enough of it. Doing this show correctly takes time. But so does running my video business and The UpTake. The video business pays the bills, The UpTake is my passion. I need to spend more time with each of them to make them successful.

AM950 owner Janet Robert has been great in giving me this opportunity. Radio was something I did in college and it was my first love. It’s been an absolute kick doing this show. Radio is so spontaneous and fluid. Getting to do that an hour a day has been a real high.

As a former broadcast executive, I know reasons given for the departure of on-air talent are often less than truthful. At The UpTake, we’re dedicated to the truth. The truth here is that this was my decision. I’m going to miss the daily interaction with the state’s smartest audience. But I look forward to providing live reports to AM950 when the news hits the fan.

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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