Minneapolis Morning Personality Tom Barnard Announces Retirement From KQRS After 36 Years On-Air


Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that KQRS Minneapolis morning show personality and Radio Hall of Famer Tom Barnard shared the news on-air this morning that he will retire from KQRS, his longtime radio home. Barnard ends his run at KQRS with his final morning broadcast on Friday, December 23, 2022. Barnard has been a fixture on KQRS since 1986.

Barnard, a Minneapolis native, is one of the most popular morning show hosts in America, known for his wry humor and disarming candor. He was recognized for broadcasting excellence in 2006 with a Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year. Barnard began his radio career in 1971 and has also enjoyed a successful voiceover career. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2018 entered the Pavek Museum, honoring Minnesota Broadcasters.

Brian Philips, Chief Content Officer, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “Hometown hero Tom Barnard has defined morning radio stardom for the better part of many Minnesotans’ lifetimes. He is the mastermind behind tens of thousands of hours of laughter, irreverence and thought-provoking conversation. We thank Tom for the glory he has brought KQRS during his remarkable run.”

Shelly Malecha Wilkes, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis, commented: “This is the end of an era. Tom dominated morning radio in the Twin Cities for decades. We are very appreciative of his innumerable contributions and wish him all the best in his next chapter.”