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Twin Cities morning show hosts, Ben and Dana, cut by Go 96.3

The Twin Cities radio market has been hit hard with layoffs in 2020.
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There were more job losses in the Twin Cities media market on Thursday as Go 96.3FM said goodbye to its morning show hosts.

Ben Holsen and Dana Wessel, who have been co-hosting "Ben and Dana" on the Pohlad-owned radio station for the past five years, announced that they were informed of their permanent layoffs following Thursday's show. 

"Got some news to share," announced Wessel in a tweet. "I was let go by Go963. COVID is having a big impact on a lot of businesses and radio is no different.

"I wanna say thanks and send love to all my colleagues, especially Ben for putting up with me every morning. I have been at Go since the day it launched and poured my heart and soul into it."

He added: "I am obviously devastated, but please don't feel sorry for me. I got to host a morning radio show – my dream job – in my hometown for over five years. That is very rare in this industry. Seriously, how lucky am I?"

Holsen confirmed the news to BMTN and told All Access that he's "grateful for the opportunity" but it "sucks to be out during COVID-19." He also responded on Twitter to a loyal listener Friday morning saying "It’s the end of an era but we’re so proud of what was." 

Bring Me The News has reached out to station management for comment. It's unclear if any other jobs were lost at Go Radio, which also has modern hip-hop station Go 95.3FM under its banner.

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Radio job losses this year in the Twin Cities

In January, numerous employees were laid off at the iHeartMedia cluster of stations that operated out of St. Louis Park. Mollie Kendrick and Brent Barkley, the co-host and producer, respectively, of the Cities 97.1 morning show, were among those let go, in addition to voices on KDWB, K102 and KTLK. 

In May, there were significant layoffs at SKOR North, MyTalk and KS95. Those job cuts were the result of the coronavirus-related economic slump, which at the time of the Hubbard Broadcasting cuts saw nearly 600,000 Minnesotans applying for unemployment insurance. 

The morning show team at 93X were among the employees at the Cumulus branch of stations to face staggered furloughs to help avoid significant job losses, and MPR also saw major cuts

Note: Bring Me The News was formerly owned by Go Media.

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