After 25 years as a radio show in Minnesota, "Garage Logic" is coming to an end. The surprising news came from the show's host, Joe Soucheray, who made the announcement during Friday's episode on 1500ESPN radio in the Twin Cities.
"We learned today that there are great changes taking place at the station and that it could not have been handled more wonderfully by Hubbard Broadcasting," Soucheray said moments into his show.
"We will do the Fair and we will do the four shows after Labor Day, but as of our last scramble, Sep. 7, Garage Logic will no longer be on the airwaves."
Also out is long time host Patrick Reusse, who also writes a column for the Star Tribune.
He's been part of KSTP radio (which along with 1500 ESPN is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting) in one form or another since 1983.
September 7 will mark the end of "The Ride with Reusse," which airs 3-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Reusse-Soucheray crossover "SportsTalk" will end too.
Plans are in place to continue Garage Logic as a podcast, Soucheray says, but it's not clear where Garage Logic will be distributed from.
Soucheray says he has no ill will towards Hubbard, and actually applauded the company for the way it handled the decision.
"I've never been fired before. It's hard for me to say we got fired because it's being handled more gently than that, as far as I'm concerned," he said.
Reusse shared similar sentiments on Friday afternoon.
Garage Logic debuted in 1993 and is syndicated throughout the region, with radio stations in the following cities carrying the show: Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Ely, Hibbing, Long Prairie, Marshall, St. Cloud, Staples, Wadena, Watertown, Willmar, Winona and Worthington, along with two stations in Wisconsin and one in South Dakota.
Garage Logic itself is a fictional city created by Soucheray, who, as the city's mayor, describes it like this on the show's Facebook page.
"Garage Logic is the seat of Gumption County, down the road from Diversityville, but not as far as Liberal Lakes. It's a place where common sense prevails, the 2-car garage is revered and cigar smoking is allowed (and lawyers aren't)."