Skip to main content

Here's how Dave Lee ended his historic career at WCCO Radio

Lee's 32-year career at "The Good Neighbor" ended Friday, April 30.

Dave Lee's historic career at the WCCO-AM 830 came to an end Friday when he signed off from The Morning News one last time. 

Lee, who was celebrated all week with surprise guests, bid farewell to his listening audience with Neil Young's Long May You Run playing in the background. Lee did not become emotional during his final speech, instead celebrating the people who joined him on the radio for the past three-plus decades. 

Here are Lee's final words at "The Good Neighbor." You can listen to the final segment here

"To the listeners, some of you every day, some of you when the weather turns or when the news takes over the headlines, for those of you who listened with your parents and have been sharing that nostalgia, which I really appreciate because I know as a teenager WCCO wasn't the hippest frequency to be on and you would never tell your friends that you listen. But now, thank you for relaying all of the stories, I've gotten a lot of them, that you listened with you mom or your dad growing up and appreciate sharing those cherished memories. That's awesome.

"The show was hopefully about Minnesota and what people needed to know, not about the host. It's humbling to be part of your day for the last 28 or 29 years just here on the morning show alone, and about 32 overall if my math is good, and it never was. Not even sure but it doesn't matter because WCCO has always been about this community, and I hope that's what we did. 

"So here I go, on to sleeping past those crazy early hours and a new adventure with Julie, my wife of 42 years now, with Rachel and Andy and Mike, my kids, and now five grandkids. So thank you for all the notes and the texts, and even the old fashioned letters. My father, the rural mail-carrier, would thank you for those. 

"Thank you WCCO for calling me and letting me get past the 2-month probationary period. I did it. God bless you, and I hope you keep tuning in every morning."

Lee was also joined by his wife and kids on Friday's finale, along with a guest appearance from Gov. Tim Walz, who proclaimed Friday, April 30 "Dave Lee Day" in Minnesota. 

Lee was also reunited Friday with longtime WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch, who retired from the radio station in 2020. 

"We will be seeing each other because there is a lot of work in my back yard that you promised to do," Lynch joked, later taking a moment to offer a sincere tribute to his longtime friend. 

"I was at WCCO for 40 years and I got to be on the shoulders of some great broadcast giants, and by God you're one of the tallest giants there," said Lynch. "If there was a Mount Rushmore for 'CCO, you'd be on it, good neighbor."

WCCO has not announced who will replace Lee on the morning show. 

Next Up

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.

14869-Manitou-Road-NE-Prior-Lake-MN-55372-6110268-image37

Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.

Growlers

Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 8.55.56 AM

Officials looking for man last seen leaving Hudson home

David Mckay, 67, was last seen in Hudson Thursday morning.

covid

'Hyper-contagious' BA.4, BA.5 COVID variants confirmed in MN

Omicron continues to evolve into a more transmissible virus.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 20

The latest data shows there are 442 people with COVID hospitalized in Minnesota.

Related

dave lee wcco radio

It's Dave Lee's final week as morning show host at WCCO Radio

Lee is being celebrated all week as he wraps up a three-decade career at 'CCO.

dave lee wcco radio

Dave Lee to retire from WCCO Radio after 32 years

The longtime morning show host got emotional as he announced his upcoming retirement.

Roshini

Roshini Rajkumar announces she is leaving WCCO Radio

The longtime TV and radio reporter/host is focusing on her business.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

Mike Lynch, WCCO Radio

WCCO Radio meteorologist Mike Lynch announces retirement

After 40 years at the "Good Neighbor," Lynch is riding the jet stream into retirement.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.