WCCO's Tommy Mischke Exits Radio
August 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM (PT)
TOMMY MISCHKE surprised listeners to his late-night show on CBS RADIO News-Talk WCCO-A/MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL THURSDAY night by announcing that he is leaving radio, making THURSDAY's edition of "THE NITE SHOW" his last.
"I've reached the bottom of the tank, creatively," MISCHKE said, noting that he "fell into radio" in 1992 when, as a regular caller to DON VOGEL's show at crosstown HUBBARD Talk KSTP-A, he was invited on the air. He said that he does not have another job ready; "I'm just walking away after tonight ... I feel spent," he said. "There are no new ideas ... I have a feeling that I've done what I came to do." He added that "I don't have the fire for the job anymore," later telling regular guest and film critic NILES SCHWARTZ that he made the decision to leave on TUESDAY evening. "I plan to do nothing for a while," MISCHKE added.
MISCHKE, known for his unique approach to radio that included at times pranking the audience (doing one show in which he never spoke a word, often breaking into song, and once doing an interview by deadpan quoting "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald") joined WCCO in 2010 after a long stretch at KSTP and a brief stint doing an online show for the alternative weekly paper CITY PAGES.
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