Gatenby, Mischke join Tom Barnard's podcast network


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.

Next Up

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.


What health officials know, don't know about Brazil P.1 variant

Minnesota health officials confirmed the first case of the P.1 variant in the U.S.

christopher and banks

Christopher & Banks closing stores for good, laying off 361 people at Plymouth facility

The layoffs began earlier this month and will continue through March.

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 8.56.43 AM

Tributes, donations after death of popular South High School teacher

The fundraiser had raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 as of Tuesday.