Two former Twin Cities media personalities have found new homes on Tom Barnard's podcasting network, the Pioneer Press reports.
Former WCCO Radio late-night host Tommy Mischke and ex-KSTP traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby will get their own podcast shows as part of Barnard's network, two of four new shows being added to the network. Mischke left WCCO in August after 22 years on Twin Cities radio, and Gatenby was let go from KSTP in February after he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.
The podcast network is independent from Barnard's gig as host of long-running "KQRS Morning Show." Barnard hosts a podcast weekdays with family members, and former WCCO-TV anchor and radio host Don Shelby is Barnard's co-host.
Mischke, who was a longtime radio host on KSTP-AM before WCCO Radio, will host "The Mischke Roadshow," where he will take his podcasting equipment on the road. Gatenby, who also did entertainment reporting on KSTP, will head the "The Rusty Gatenby Review with Melinda Jacobs," which will focus on entertainment news.
Unlike the other new projects, Gatenby's will be a video podcast. Gatenby recently started teasing the podcast on his Facebook page.
Sean Barnard, who is the general manager of the Tom Barnard Podcast Network, told the Pioneer Press that there were "a lot of talented people out there looking for an outlet," and the podcasts are "a very unique, fun and creative way to do things."
The other two new podcasts will include an unnamed host that will give financial news and advice; and nationally known matchmaker and relationship expert Kailen Rosenberg.
All of the new podcasts will have their own websites and be featured on Tom Barnard's podcast website. Sean Barnard says the shows are owned by the people who host them and the only tie is a network agreement. The podcasts will either pay a fee to be in the network or be a part of a revenue-sharing agreement, he says, adding some cross-promotion will be involved.
Sean Barnard says the network is currently meeting with other personalities, both locally and nationally, with the idea of growing the network by 10 or more by the end of the year. In addition to Tom Barnard's podcast, the network currently hosts one by Carl Franklin, a retired farmer and frequent caller to many local radio shows, the Pioneer Press says.
Rosenberg's podcast debuts Friday and Gatenby's will go online May 8. Mischke and the financial news podcasts debut May 12.