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Radio personality Tom Barnard entering treatment, but will remain on air

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Popular Twin Cities radio talk show host Tom Barnard told KQRS listeners Friday that he's entering a treatment program, saying it's like a "big weight" is being lifted from his shoulders, KARE 11 reports.

Barnard, 61, says his routine of drinking wine and taking pills to help him sleep are behind the decision. He mentioned issues with anger also played a role.

Ron Rosenbaum, an attorney for the longtime radio host, told the Star Tribune that Barnard will remain on the air during his treatment.

"He won’t be taking a leave and will be continuing to do his show," Rosenbaum said.

According to Rosenbaum, Barnard has talked with treatment professionals who said he could be helped "equally well by doing outpatient," the Star Tribune reports.

Rosenbaum also released the information about Barnard in a tweet.

Barnard also had indicated at the end of the "KQRS Morning Show" Friday that everybody would be back on the air Monday, except for show member Brian Zepp, who is taking vacation time.

Zepp then said to Barnard, "Good luck, buddy."

See a FOX9 report below, where Barnard explained his decision to his radio colleague, Jeff Passolt.


On Wednesday's podcast, Barnard discussed alcohol and sobriety with BringMeTheNews' anchor Don Shelby.

The Pioneer Press reports Barnard will likely enter Hazelden in Center City, Minn. as early as Friday afternoon.

Barnard said he’s “absolutely committed to do this, or I wouldn’t be talking about it on the show,” according to a Star Tribune report.

The announcement follows a week of increasingly angry pronouncements on his Twitter account, the Pioneer Press said. He vented multiple times about station management and members of his "Morning Crew."

During the announcement, KARE says studio phone lines lit up. Words of support also poured in on social media.

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