Friday, September 12, 2014

Twin Cities: WCCO Snags Steve Simpson As News Anchor

Steve Simpson
Former WIBC 93,1 FM Indianapolis morning news host Steve Simpson has landed a new job in the Twin Cities.

On Oct. 8, Simpson will join CBS Radio's WCCO 830 AM, as part of host Dave Lee’s morning show, Simpson will anchor the news at the top and bottom of the hour from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Simpson, 50, told the Indianapolis Business Journal,  he wasn’t sure he wanted to remain in radio after he was terminated by WIBC in mid-June. He had discussions with stations in this market and others, but nothing seemed right, he said. Then WCCO called.

“When a heritage radio station owned by a legendary company calls, you answer the phone,” Simpson told IBJ on Thursday. “If you are a radio person, this is a station you know when you are very young. And Dave Lee is a legendary broadcaster. This is just amazing for me that I have this opportunity.”

Simpson was swept out of WIBC after 22 years as the station moved to a format driven by conservative and opinionated talkers.

The host of WIBC’s morning news show, he was replaced by conservative host Tony Katz.

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