Saturday, August 21, 2021

Twin Cities Radio: N/T WCCO To Skip MN State Fair

WCCO Radio has announced that it will not be broadcasting from the Minnesota State Fair this year due to COVID-19 and Delta variant concerns, reports CBS Local.

In a statement from management, WCCO Radio said the decision comes after the fair announced it will not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. There are also no attendance limits being imposed.

“The Fair chose the ‘honor system’ and for our decision-makers, it is not enough to feel comfortable,” WCCO Radio said.

The statement continues by saying the decision was made for the “health and well-being” of employees.

The radio station’s booth has been at the fair for decades.

As you may recall, WCCO Radio is now owned and operated by Audacy Inc. The radio station is no longer directly associated with WCCO-TV and, which are owned by ViacomCBS.

WCCO-TV and will have a booth at the Minnesota State Fair this year. We are making some adjustments, of course, working to keep both our staff and visitors as safe as we can.

Meanwhile, The Star-Tribune reports Hubbard Broadcasting, which includes KSTP 1500 ESPN and KSTP KS95 FM, still plan to have its on-air personalities at the fairgrounds. But Hubbard Radio Vice President Dan Seeman said there will be no interaction between staff and fans, which means no handshakes or photo opportunities.

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