Gary Eichten To Retire From Minnesota Public Radio
August 23, 2011 at 4:30 AM (PT)
Longtime MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO host GARY EICHTEN will retire in JANUARY, he told listeners to his "MIDDAY" show on MONDAY (8/23). EICHTEN has been with MPR for over 40 years in various capacities, including Station Manager and News Director.
"I've been tremendously lucky to work with such a top-tier news organization for virtually my entire career," EICHTEN said. "The opportunities I've had to interview so many state and national newsmakers and to moderate so many candidate debates are the kind of opportunities that every news host dreams about."
"GARY is a terrific journalist and someone that possesses a quality tough to find these days--a fair and open mind," said Managing Director of News CHRIS WORTHINGTON. "He truly believes he's an advocate for the audience and has delivered some of the best talk show journalism in the country."
"We're tremendously proud of GARY and his more than 40 years of excellent service to our audiences," said President and CEO JON MCTAGGART. "No one is better than GARY at facilitating civil, intelligent and insightful debate on difficult policy issues between candidates across the political spectrum. We look forward, during the coming months, to celebrate his many accomplishments and his Hall of Fame broadcasting career."