KQRS executive who hired Tom Barnard announces retirement

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Dave Hamilton, the KQRS radio executive who hired venerable host Tom Barnard and helped build the "KQ Morning Show" into the top-rated morning-drive show in the nation is retiring after 27 years at the station, the Star Tribune reported.

In a statement announcing his retirement, Hamilton said, "I'll moving out of the 25-54 demo next month, so it's time to do what I've wanted to do for years -- flee winter."

A Minnesota native, Hamilton was the local operations manager for KQ's parent company, Cumulus Broadcasting. Hamilton also oversaw hard-rock station 93X and adult-contemporary-oriented Love 105.

Hamilton started at KQ at age 27, following a program director's gig at KDWB in the Twin Cities and a national radio job in New York.

According to the Star Tribune, Hamilton said he informed the company of his plans several months ago.

The move comes nearly six months after Barnard -- who has been at KQ for 25 -- signed a contract for four more years with the station.

Next Up

Jaden McDaniels

Wolves lose to Magic on Cole Anthony's buzzer-beater

The Wolves blew a 20-point lead as the Magic defeated the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

J.A. Happ

Twins sign veteran J.A. Happ to add to the rotation

The left-hander will get a one-year, $8 million deal from the Twins.

storm the capitol rally st. paul minnesota state capitol

BCA finds 'no criminal wrongdoing' among those at 'Storm the Capitol' rally

Inflammatory comments were made by speakers, but no charges will be brought.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 12.27.04 PM

Man's vehicles crushed by hit-and-run driver weren't fully insured

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.

Joe Biden

Key points from Joe Biden's first speech as POTUS

The 46th president called for unity at a time America is facing huge challenges.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.

Klobuchar

Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

Related

Tom Barnard signs new 4-year contract with KQRS

Local radio's morning drive king posted on his Facebook page Thursday that he has signed a new four-year contract with KQRS-FM, a station he's been with for more than 25 years.

Tom Barnard announces new podcast

Local drive-time radio legend Tom Barnard, who just disclosed a new four-year deal with KQRS, has yet another announcement: He'll be starting a new podcast – not affiliated with the station – with former morning show partner Tony Lee. Barnard announced the new venture on his Facebook page.

Michele Tafoya

NFL reporter Michele Tafoya leaves Tom Barnard's KQRS Morning Show

Brian Zepp is returning to the station to take her place.