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After 45 years in Twin Cities radio, WCCO's John Hines is retiring ... sort of

Hines will stay on full-time through the end of the state fair.

He's not calling it a career just yet, but faithful listeners of WCCO radio will soon get less of a man's voice that's been on Twin Cities airwaves for the last 45 years. 

WCCO program director Lindsey Peterson announced Friday that John Hines will be scaling back his workload and moving to a part-time on-air role after the Minnesota State Fair. 

Hines, currently a daily host in the 9 a.m. to noon time slot, will remain full-time before settling into a semi-retired life after the fair, which he'll broadcast live from Mondays through Fridays. 

"I'm thankful to the many listeners who have supported me over the years and to WCCO in allowing me the opportunity to extend my career these past years," Hines said in a statement. "I am also pleased that WCCO has invited me to stay on in a part-time/fill in capacity." 

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